The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were shot in the St. Louis region or were written, directed, or produced by St. Louis-area residents or by filmmakers with strong local ties who are now working elsewhere.

Because of the continuing impact of the Covid-19 health crisis, the Showcase will again be presented virtually in 2021. CSL once more will partner with Eventive to present the virtual festival.

The Showcase’s 15 film programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts.

In addition to the film programs, which will be available for streaming anytime during the July 16-25 run of the Showcase, the event features four free master classes focused on various aspects of filmmaking. These will be offered as livestreams at specific times/dates during the Showcase, but recordings of the presentations will also be archived and available on Cinema St. Louis’ YouTube channel.

The master classes are sponsored by the Chellappa-Vedavalli Foundation, which also is underwriting a $500 juried prize for the Best Film at the Showcase.

The Showcase will conclude on July 25 with a free Closing-Night Awards Presentation, presented by the law firm Capes Sokol. The livestream of the awards presentation will be available at 8:30 pm on Eventive. Click here to register. We’ll announce the Showcase films chosen for inclusion in the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, and the juries will present an array of awards. In addition, the livestream will include special performances by Circus Harmony and rappers Yc Bey and Lacey Turner.

Virtual Festival Basics
  • The Showcase’s complete lineup of features and shorts programs will be available to view on demand anytime from July 16-25.
  • The master classes will be offered as livestreams at specific times/dates. These events will be free.
  • Recorded Q&As with filmmakers and documentary subjects will accompany feature-length films.
  • Once a ticket-holder begins watching a program, access to it will remain available for 48 hours.
  • Programs can be accessed worldwide.
  • Our How to Fest section provides brief instructional videos for signing up with our virtual-festival partner, Eventive, and for buying tickets and passes. The videos reference the 2020 SLIFF, but the simple step-by-step instructions remain the same.
  • The same How to Fest section gives information on how to play films on a TV (through HDMI, casting/airplay, or apps).
  • Eventive’s Help FAQ provides full information on other aspects of the virtual festival, including system requirements.

Individual tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with valid and current photo IDs. (All credit-card and handling fees are incorporated into the ticket price.) To obtain a student discount code, contact Brian Spath ( and provide an image of a currently valid student ID. 

  • Five-Film Passes are $60, $50 for CSL members.
  • All-Access Passes are $135, $105 for CSL members.

To purchase passes, click here.

Passes offer great value: A Five-Film Pass represents a savings of $10, and an All-Access Pass provides a $75 discount if you were to view all 15 of the film programs.