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  • The St. Louis International Film Festival is returning to in-person screenings and adding virtual films as well.

the Tivoli Theater – along with many others – will open their doors again for the Saint-Louis International Film Festival from November. The Saint-Louis International Film Festival has announced its programming and dates for the 30th edition.

With over 400 shorts and feature films, the films range from documentaries to American independent films. Taking place November 4 and continuing through November 21, moviegoers can enjoy screenings of the films in person and online. The screenings will span five separate locations, each of which has set film release dates. Moviegoers can also enjoy online screenings through SLIFF partner Eventive, although not all films are available. On the other hand, however, only certain films will be accessible virtually.

The event will require masks and proof of vaccination for in-person screenings.

“SLIFF 2021 features a particularly impressive lineup of the year’s most-announced films,” details a press release, “including selections from destination festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York.”

Kicking off festival screenings is a Missouri-based documentary Procession, directed by Robert Greene. Six Kansas City men who survived childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests and clergy are the focus of the film, working through their trauma. At the end of the screening, some subjects of the film will participate in a question-and-answer session. Greene is also set to win SLIFF’s Contemporary Film Award.

Two other filmmakers will also be honoured: Deborah Riley Draper — a documentary filmmaker whose film Twenty Pearls: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Story is headlining the festival – will receive the Women in Film Award, and St. Louis native Nina Gilden Seavey will receive the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award.

University of Washington Brown Hall Auditorium will host films on weekends in November. 5 and 6, 12 to 14 and from 19 to 21. Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University has the reels from November 5-14. For two nights, November 4 and 11, the Museum of Modern Art will have film screenings.

Witness flashbacks with the six Golden Anniversary screenings that will feature films from 1971 to St. Louis Public Library Central Library Auditorium every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting on November 6 and ending on November 21.

In-person screenings will take place at the Tivoli Theater from November 4-14 and November 18-21 on all three screens in the venue.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $11 for Cinema St. Louis members and students with valid photo ID. There are also passes available for purchase that give you access to multiple screenings.

The St. Louis Film Festival is also hosting several discounted or free events “to maximize the festival’s reach in the community and make the event affordable for everyone,” a press release said. St. Louis area schools have access to free screenings through the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program. There are 31 free in-person programs this year, which include all screenings at the St. Louis Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art and Washington University.

See more information, the film schedule and buy tickets at

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