Cinema St. Louis to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

St. Louis, MO — The National Endowment for the Arts has approved funding for 1,073 Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) totalling nearly $25 million. Included in this announcement is a grant of $20,000 to Cinema St. Louis (CSL) for the 30th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).

The Grants for Arts Projects awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover the following artistic disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts.

“The creativity and resilience of artists and arts organizations across the country have inspired Americans during this challenging year,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These projects represent the vitality and perseverance of arts organizations small and large to overcome significant challenges, transform to new ways of engagement, and forge new relationships that benefit the diverse populations in neighborhoods and cities throughout the United States.”

The 30th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 4-14, 2021. The fest will screen more than 300 animated, narrative, and documentary features and short films, and will host master classes, special events, and an ambitious Cinema for Students program. Panels and Q&As with filmmakers and documentary subjects will accompany many of the screenings. Programming streams will include the Women in Film Spotlight, Race in America: The Black Experience, and the Human Rights Spotlight.

The nonprofit Cinema St. Louis (CSL) produces SLIFF, one of the largest and highest-profile international film festivals in the Midwest. The fest has been lauded in USA Today’s 10Best list. CSL also annually produces the locally focused St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, the LGBTQ-centric QFest St. Louis, the Classic French Film Festival, and Golden Anniversaries (festival of films celebrating their 50th anniversary).

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit For info on SLIFF and other CSL programs, visit or call 314-289-4150.