Cinema St. Louis (CSL) is pleased to announce that the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) will return to the Tivoli Theatre for its 30th edition. CSL reached an agreement with the Tivoli’s new owner, One Family Church, to hold in-person screenings at all three of the theater’s auditoriums during SLIFF.
Looking forward, CSL is in active talks with the church to hold several events at the Tivoli in 2022, including the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase and SLIFF. CSL is also discussing with the church the possibility of taking over year-round programming at the theater beginning in 2023.
Cinema St. Louis executive director Cliff Froehlich stated: “I’m thrilled that we will be back in person in 2021 with an incredible lineup of compelling films. And I’m especially pleased that SLIFF is able to return to the Tivoli Theatre, which has served as fest central for more than two decades.”
SLIFF will be held from Nov. 4-21, 2021. Because the effects of the pandemic continue, the festival will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings.
In-person screenings will be held on all three screens of the Tivoli Theatre from Nov. 4-14 and the weekend of Nov. 19-21. Other in-person screenings will take place at Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium (on the weekends of Nov. 5-6, 12-14, and 19-21) and Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium (on the evenings of Nov. 5-14).
The St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library Auditorium also will serve as the in-person venue for six Golden Anniversaries screenings of films from 1971; those screenings will be held on the afternoons of Nov. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. Finally, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis will partner with SLIFF on two in-person screenings on the evenings of Nov. 4 and 11.
In addition to the in-person screenings, SLIFF will feature a substantial number of films and shorts programs that will only be available virtually through our partner Eventive from Nov. 4-21. Many (but not all) of the films that receive in-person screenings will also be available virtually.
To ensure the safety and health of patrons, SLIFF will require masks and proof of vaccination at in-person screenings. No concessions will be available at any of the venues, including the Tivoli, to ensure audience members remain masked throughout films. Full details on Covid-19 safety measures will be announced when the fest schedule is posted on the website the week of Oct. 11.