St. Louis International Film Festival provides filmgoers 27 years of the finest in world cinema

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) kicks off on Thursday and will continue through Nov. 11th.

SLIFF has provided St. Louis filmgoers the opportunity to view the “finest in world cinema” including international films, documentaries, American indies and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival.

Filmgoers can see the film of their choice at Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac, Zack, Washington University, Webster University, Stage at KDHX, Missouri History Museum, The Gathering – McCausland Site or St. Louis Public Library.

“This is one of our largest festivals and this year we have a lot more high profile films,” Cliff Froehlich, Cinema St. Louis Executive Director said.

Tickets for the films are $13 each or $10 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with current and valid ID, except for the following: special events, film and music combinations and double bills. A list of the films and their showtimes/locations can be found here.

During the 11-day event, SLIFF will also present their “usual array” of fest buzz films and Oscar contenders including: “3 Faces,” “Boy Erased,” “Cold War,” “Dogman,” “Everybody Knows,” “The Front Runner,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Non-Fiction,” “Support the Girls,” “Wildlife,” “Zama” and more.

This year, SLIFF will be continuing its tradition of offering a large selection of free events to maximize its outreach into the community while making the festival affordable to all. There will be 65 free events this year, locations and showtimes can be found here.

For the 15th year, SLIFF presents the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program, which provides free screenings, often with filmmakers in attendance, to the St. Louis region elementary, middle and high schools. These films are offered at the venues and for in-school presentations.

SLIFF honors seven significant film figures with their annual awards. This year’s Major Filmmaker Awards were given to Joe Edwards and John Goodman with Lifetime Achievement Awards; Jason Reitman with a Contemporary Cinema Award; Jim Finn, Jane Gillooly and Karyn Kusama with Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Awards; and Melanie Mayron with a Women in Film Award. For more information on our honorees, see the Awards section.

Froehlich said that they will have a John Goodman Tribute on Friday, Nov. 2nd with “The Big Lebowski” as well as honoring Karyn Kusama’s “The Destroyer” which stars Nicole Kidman, and Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner” which stars Hugh Jackman.

“We are expecting this to be a very fun and groundbreaking event with many people attending,” Froehlich said.