The 31st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival announces award winners and attendance results

The 31st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) was held both in person and online from Nov. 3-13, 2022. The fest had a total estimated viewership of 18,923, including 11,627 St. Louis-area students who participated in our free Cinema for Students program. There were 5,745 in-person attendees and 1,551 online viewers. A note on methodology: Because most virtual programs were watched at home by more than a single person, online viewership was estimated by multiplying the number of total programs purchased (886) by 1.75.



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The Godfather

The September screening of "The Godfather" has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 10th.

Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture — and now widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time — “The Godfather,” based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). 

Intro and discussion by Vincent Casaregola, professor of English and director of the Film Studies Program at Saint Louis University.


Bree Maniscalco

Bree Maniscalco Named As Cinema St. Louis’ New Executive Director

The Cinema St. Louis (CSL) board of directors has named Bree Maniscalco as the organization’s new executive director. The nonprofit CSL presents a quartet of annual festivals — the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, QFest St. Louis, and Classic French Film Festival — and an array of film series, screenings, educational opportunities, and special events.


Cinema St. Louis announces eighth Cinema at Citygarden juried competition

13 June 2022

The eighth edition of Cinema at Citygarden – a biennial co-presentation of Cinema St. Louis (CSL) and the Gateway Foundation – invites St. Louis-area filmmakers to let their imaginations blossom by creating short works that incorporate Nature as a key element.


Cinema St. Louis to Receive $100,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan

27 January 2022

St. Louis, MO — Cinema St. Louis is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Cinema St. Louis (CSL) is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC.