Because of the Covid-19 health crisis, the 29th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be presented virtually in 2020.

Although many elements of this year’s Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will remain familiar to longtime supporters, the fest is obviously not unspooling in its usual fashion. CSL is partnering with Eventive, which also handles our ticketing, to present the virtual festival.

Below you will find helpful tips and guidance to ensure you are able to watch SLIFF 2020.


How do I watch on my TV?

How to Connect Your Device to Your TV

One of the easiest ways to stream a title on your TV is to connect your laptop, phone, or device to your TV with an HDMI cable. Depending on the type of computer and device you have, you may need a different cable or adapter:

Windows PC: Most Windows computers have a dedicated HDMI port. In this case, you will need a simple HDMI-to-HDMI cable. 

Mac Laptop: Newer Mac laptops like the MacBook Pro will need a special cable or a special adapter that you plug into a regular HDMI cable. Older Mac laptops will have a dedicated HDMI port or a Thunderbolt 2 port.

Android: Modern Android devices use USB C connections, which are compatible with Thunderbolt 3 connections, so you can use one of the above cables or adapters.

After you’ve connected your device, you may need to adjust the display settings on your laptop or device. First, select the correct HDMI input with your TV remote. Then:

On a Mac Laptop: Go to the Apple Menu. Open System Preferences. Click on Displays. Make certain that the box that says "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available" is not ticked.

On a Windows PC: Go to Settings. Go to System. Go to Display. Make sure TV is selected. You can also adjust the resolution to match the one of your television. Go to Audio and make sure TV is selected as well.

Screencast with Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, or Firestick

If you have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Firestick, or similar device, set your computer or mobile device to “airplay” or “cast” to the TV. Unlock the program on Eventive Virtual Festival, then set your player window to full screen using the icon at the lower right.

Eventive Apple TV App

Please download the “Eventive TV” app from the Apple TV App Store (accessible via your TV). When you open the app for the first time you’ll see an activation code. On another device, please navigate to, then login if necessary and use the code to connect your account. Now, select from the available channels on the Eventive Apple TV app to begin watching. All of your unlocked content will be available on the app. If a program has not already been unlocked, you’ll have to unlock it on another device such as a laptop or mobile device first. 

If you ever need to re-activate the TV app, you can select TV app setup by hovering over the login ID circle at the upper right of the device screen. 

Please note: Livestreams are currently not available via the TV app. You can AirPlay them from another device to your TV.

Eventive Roku App

Search for "Eventive TV" in the Roku Channel Store on your Roku. You can also add the Eventive TV app to your Roku via the Roku website by clicking here.

Once you have installed the app, open it and follow the instructions to log in. All of your unlocked content will be available on the app. If a program has not already been unlocked, you’ll have to unlock it on another device such as a laptop or mobile device first.

Please note: Livestreams are currently not available via the TV app. You can cast them from another device to your TV. Closed-caption subtitles are also not available in the TV app.

Other Fest FAQs

Q. When will programs be made available?

The majority of SLIFF’s lineup of features and shorts programs will be available to view on demand anytime from Nov. 5-22. Some films will have a more limited window of availability (e.g., 24 hours, 48 hour, 7 days) and have a defined date range for access. That information is noted in each film’s listing, but complete information on those films can be found in the Time-Limited Events section.

Q. How long do I have to watch a title after I purchase a ticket?

Once a ticket-holder begins watching a program, access to it remains available for 48 hours. (The one exception is the film “The Dark Divide,” which has a watch window of 8 hours.)

Q. Can I watch the festival from any location?

No. Most SLIFF programs will be restricted to Missouri and Illinois, but select programs are available either in the full U.S. or throughout the world. Check the listing for the film or program on this website or on the Eventive Virtual Festival Catalog to determine whether it's available in your area.

Q. Will there be live events?

Yes. Special Events (opening-night event, closing-night awards presentation, New Filmmakers Forum roundtable, and master classes) will be offered as livestreams at specific times/dates.

Q. Will there be Q&As with filmmakers?

Yes. Although no guests can attend the festival, recorded Q&As with filmmakers and/or documentary subjects will accompany many of the programs.


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