Free Events

SLIFF continues its tradition of offering a large selection of free events to maximize its outreach into the community and to make the festival affordable to all. This year, we offer 56 free events, which are detailed below.

Among the free offerings: all programs in The Divided City and Human Rights Spotlight; 17 of the 21 programs in Race in America: The Black Experience; three special-event livestreams; six master classes (and four film supplements to those classes); 12 documentary-shorts programs; and two family-film shorts programs.

In addition, for the 17th year, we present the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program, which provides free access to film programs to St. Louis-area elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information, visit the Cinema for Students section of the website.

Live Streams

Opening-Night Event: 8:46 and Live Q&A with Dave Chappelle (7:30 PM Thursday, Nov. 5)

New Filmmakers Forum Roundtable (11:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 21)

Closing-Night: Awards Presentation (7:30 PM Sunday, Nov. 22)

Master Classes

Master Class: Editing with Karen Pearlman (4 PM Saturday, Nov. 7)

Master Class: Microbudget Filmmaking with Blake Eckard and Kristian Day (1 PM Sunday, Nov. 8)

Master Class: Directing with Ken Kwapis (1 PM Saturday, Nov. 14)

Master Class: Behind the Camera with Rachel Reichman (1 PM Sunday, Nov. 15)

Master Class: Screenwriting with Beau Willimon (1 PM Saturday, Nov. 21)

Master Class: Documentary Filmmaking with Anne de Mare and Jeff Truesdell (1 PM Sunday, Nov. 22)

Master Class Supplements


The Films of Rachel Reichman

The Girl with the Rivet Gun 

Somewhere Between New York and LA



And I Was There

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant 

Ask No Questions

The Ballad of John Henry

Cachada: The Opportunity

City So Real


Fish & Men 

For the Love of Rutland 

Hamtramck, USA 

Lights of Baltimore

Lost Lives 



Our Gorongosa

The Place That Makes Us

A Place to Breathe 

The Rabbi Goes West 

The Reunited States 

River City Drumbeat

The Road Up


The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts “The Tonight Show”



Waging Change

Wake Up 

Women in Blue


Doc Shorts: Animals & Nature 

Doc Shorts: Behind the Bars 

Doc Shorts: The Black Experience 

Doc Shorts: Family Matters

Doc Shorts: Immigrants & Refugees 

Doc Shorts: Life Animated 

Doc Shorts: Making Music 

Doc Shorts: Method M

Doc Shorts: Queer Stories 

Doc Shorts: Showcase Sampler

Doc Shorts: Stars of the ’70s

Doc Shorts: Women’s World 

SLIFF/Kids Family Films 1

SLIFF/Kids Family Films 2