• Closing-Night

  • Nearly 70 Free Films & Events

  • Race in America: The Black Experience

  • SLIFF/Kids Family Films

Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival​ (SLIFF)​ launches on Nov. 5​ and runs through Nov. 15. Join us​ for a globe-circling mission that explores the far corners of the cinematic universe. SLIFF will screen an unprecedented 447 films: 97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts. The fest also will feature seven special-event programs, including two free master classes and the closing-night party. Read more

Featured Events


Sunday, Nov. 15 at 6:00pm

Michael Stone -- husband, father, and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" -- is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to... Read more


Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7:30pm

The locally shot and set “Cronies” -- executive-produced by Spike Lee and written and directed by St. Louis native Michael J. Larnell -- is one of the most... Read more

Double Bill: Beaver Trilogy and Beaver Trilogy Part IV

Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6:30pm

As part of our tribute to Contemporary Cinema Award winner Trent Harris, SLIFF presents a double bill of “Beaver Trilogy” and the new documentary “Beaver Trilogy... Read more

Double Bill: The Unknown and Freaks

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm

On Friday the 13th, SLIFF offers a “Carnival of Horror,” a circus-themed double bill of classics by director Tod Browning (“Dracula”), who was himself a sideshow... Read more

Finding Bosnia

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4:30pm

“Finding Bosnia” presents the intimate and personal journey of a Bosnian war refugee raised in the United States as she seeks to reclaim her culture and identity... Read more

The First Secret City

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:00pm

Before the creation of the secret cities of Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford, the Manhattan Project hired the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works of St. Louis to refine... Read more

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis

Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:30pm

In 1965, the historic Selma march known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the civil-rights movement. John Lewis -- now a revered U.S. congressman, then a... Read more

The Lady in the Van - SOLD OUT

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:15pm

“The Lady in the Van” is based on the “mostly true” story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey”), a woman of uncertain origins... Read more

Master Class: Independent Filmmaking with Trent Harris

Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1:00pm

Finally, the horrible truth about independent filmmaking. In this master class, longtime indie maverick Trent Harris -- whom Independent Film and Video Magazine... Read more

New Filmmakers Forum

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:00pm

The New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), a juried competition of works by first-time feature filmmakers, is an annual highlight of SLIFF. The featured films this year are “... Read more

One in a Minion: Behind the Scenes of Animation with Glenn McCoy

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30pm

Glenn McCoy, who lives in the St. Louis area, is a provocative editorial cartoonist for the Belleville News-Democrat; the creator of the syndicated daily comic... Read more

The Whole World Was Watching: Photographs and Videos of Ferguson by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:00pm

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s photography staff won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for their coverage of the Michael Brown shooting and the... Read more