On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, SLIFF celebrates with several fond looks backward. To commemorate the special occasion, SLIFF offers screenings of two newly restored works from the first festival in 1992 — “Daughters of the Dust” and “Delicatessen” — which appropriately bookend the festival on our two weekends.
We also pay tribute to two men with strong ties to Cinema St. Louis. Kim Tucci, our current and longtime chair — and treasured St. Louis institution — receives a Lifetime Achievement Award. And filmmaker Brian Hohlfeld — who served a term as CSL’s chair when he took a break from LA and returned for a time to his hometown of St. Louis — is honored with our Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. Two other award-winners this year are also natives of St. Louis: Disney animator Marlon West, who is given a Cinema St. Louis Award, and producer Kimberly Steward, who receives one of our Women in Film Awards.
Festival runs November 3 – 13 at multiple venues Link to SLIFF
But SLIFF is far from parochial: Although we work to spotlight the local filmmaking scene and the glittering array of talent that the city has produced, we also look well beyond St. Louis. This year’s fest honors a particularly diverse and high-profile selection of filmmakers: Comedian Jerry Lewis, filmmaker Charles Burnett, and documentarian Gordon Quinn all receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, and actress Karen Allen is honored with a Women in Film Award.
For more information on our eight honorees, see Awards.
Given the significance of the anniversary, SLIFF wanted to engage in some nostalgic reverie but also was determined to address the present and look to the future. Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television is a program that emphatically does both, and we’re especially pleased to offer itsentire slate of features and shorts for free.
SLIFF continues to provide the opportunity for St. Louis filmgoers to view the finest in world cinema — international films, documentaries, American indies, and shorts that can only be seen on the big screen at the festival. We also present our usual array of festival buzz films and Oscar contenders, including “Elle,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “A Quiet Passion,” “The Red Turtle,” and “Toni Erdmann.”