31st Annual SLIFF | Nov. 3-13, 2022
Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 AM, Free
Missouri Stories Production Lab brings to life short films set in the world of winning scripts from the Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship. The writers participate as producers and experience all aspects of production. Completed films will be submitted to film festivals across the country to shine a spotlight on Missouri locations and talent. Andrea Sporcic Klund, head of the Missouri Film Office, will host a panel discussion with the writer/producers and directors of the latest St. Louis filmed project, “Assumption”: with writer/producer Peter Hanrahan, producer Michael Kennedy, and director Alfredo De Villa.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 AM, Free
Emmy Award-winning casting director, Deb Barylski will talk briefly about a casting director’s process and the responsibility for both the director’s vision and the actor’s creativity. Award-winning writer, director, and local film professor, Peter Carlos will discuss the importance of understanding an actor’s process to easily elicit performances and build trust as well as highlight techniques for troubleshooting challenges on set. Award-winning actress Jessica Ambuehl will share how to stay prepared, create industry opportunities, and work with a director to bring a story to life.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 8:30 PM, Free
The festival comes to a conclusion with a free closing-night awards presentation. SLIFF first presents its juried-competition awards: the Interfaith Awards for Best Documentary and Best Narrative; the Shorts Awards; the St. Louis Film Critics’ Joe Pollack Award (for Best Narrative) and Joe Williams Award (for Best Documentary); and the New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award (“The Bobbie”), which has a $500 cash prize. The juried awards are capped by the presentation of the Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Award, which features a $5,000 cash prize. The awards presentations conclude with SLIFF’s audience-choice awards: the Leon Award for Best Documentary, the Award for Best International Film, and the Best Film Award.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 5 PM (check-in 5-5:30 PM; happy hour from 6:30-7 PM), Capes Sokol (8182 Maryland Ave.), Free (but a ticket is required for this event)
Filmmaking is an art form, but it’s also a business. A somewhat elusive topic, come learn more about how investment in film projects work. Attorney Pete Salsich with Capes Sokol and Casey Sunderland in the Media Finance Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will share insight on the process for those interested in investing and for creatives seeking to work with investors.