What’s It All AboutThe St Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) was established in 1992 to produce, promote and present annual film events to advance film as an art form in St Louis.
Special-interest sidebars include the popular New Filmmakers Forum (NFF). Now in its 20th year, SLIFF is presented by the non-profit Cinema St Louis, which also annually produces the locally focused St Louis Filmmakers Showcase and the CinemaSpoke screenwriting competition.
SLIFF’s main venues are the Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium and Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium. SLIFF showcases the best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe.
This year, SLIFF will screen 400 films: 257 shorts, 89 features and 53 documentaries. It will feature a record 205 programmes, with 43 countries represented. The fest will host more than 100 filmmakers and related guests.
Watch Out For!
• The Artist
Some of the other titles include:
• The Descendents
• Jeff, Who Lives At Home
• A Dangerous Method
• In Darkness
• We Need to Talk About Kevin
• I Melt With You
• Like Crazy
Thursday, Nov 3
The film is directed by Drake Doremus, a participant in the fest’s 2009 New Filmmakers Forum with Spooner. The screening is by invitation only.
An Evening With Bill Plympton
Friday, Nov 11
Bill Plympton, an independent-animation icon, will be honored with SLIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will present an evening of his shorts, both new and old. As an added treat, every attendee receives a Plympton drawing. Plympton also appears with a documentary on his work, Adventures in Plymptoons, on November 12.
Bill Plympton Master Class Saturday, Nov 12
SLIFF honoree Bill Plympton discusses his storied career as an independent animator, shows samples of his work and offers advice and insights to aspiring filmmakers. Co-presented with the Webster U Film Series.
NFF Coffee With The Filmmakers
Sunday, Nov 13
The New Filmmakers Forum concludes with a conversation among the participating directors hosted by NFF co-curator Bobbie Lautenschlager. The event ends with the presentation of the Emerging Director Award by the NFF jury.
Women In Film Award Winner Pamela Yates
Sunday, Nov 13
At the screening of Granito – a haunting tale of genocide that’s part thriller and part memoir – SLIFF honours filmmaker and human-rights activist Pamela Yates with the fest’s Women in Film Award for her extraordinary documentary work.