The Saint-Louis International Film Festival returns this year with a hybrid format

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  • The St. Louis International Film Festival returns to in-person screenings and also adds virtual films.

the Tivoli Theater – and many more – will reopen their doors for the St. Louis International Film Festival starting in November. The Saint-Louis International Film Festival has announced its programming and dates for the 30th year.

With over 400 short and feature films, films range from documentaries to independent American films. Running November 4 through the 21st, moviegoers will be able to enjoy screenings of the films both in person and online. The screenings will be spread over five separate locations, each with fixed dates for the screening of the films. Film buffs can also enjoy online screenings through partner SLIFF 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 advertised 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. ”

The festival screenings kick off is a Missouri-based documentary Procession, directed by Robert Greene. Six Kansas City men who survived childhood sexual assault by Catholic priests and clergy are at the center of the film, going through their trauma. At the end of the screening, certain subjects of the film will participate in a question and answer session. Greene is also set to win the Contemporary Cinema Award from SLIFF.

Two other filmmakers will also be honored: Deborah Riley Draper, a documentary filmmaker whose film Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is showing at the festival – will receive the Women in Film award, and Nina Gilden Seavey, from St. Louisan, 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 19 to 21. Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium has the reels from November 5 to 14. For two nights, November 4 and 11, the Museum of Modern Art will have film screenings.

Watch some flashbacks with the six Golden Anniversaries screenings that will feature films from 1971 to Auditorium of the central library of the Saint-Louis public library weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 6 to November 21.

In-person screenings will take place at the Tivoli Theater from November 4 to 14 and from November 18 to 21 on the hall’s three screens.

Tickets cost $ 15 for general admission, $ 11 for members of Cinéma St. Louis 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 also hosts 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. Schools in the St. Louis area 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, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of Washington.

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