One of the Midwest’s largest film events is coming to St. Louis for the 20th year in a row November 10-20. This event is none other than the Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival, presented by Cinema St. Louis. Taking place at various venues across the St. Louis area, the over 400 films from around the world will be screened at the festival this year, from features to shorts, documentaries to narratives, new Hollywood features to rarely-seen classics. In addition to film screenings, there will be some great special events (many of which are free) and appearances by special guests, including many of the filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors whose work is being screened at the festival. The guest list this year includes independent animator Billy Plympton and Steve James, the Academy Award-winning director of the documentary “Hoop Dreams” who will be awarded the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary.
Looking to attend the film fest? Here are some of the basics.
The majority of events and screenings at SLIFF this year will be taking place at four different locations:
- Tivoli Theatre
- Plaza Frontenac Theatre
- Webster University’s Moore Auditorium
- Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium
In addition, there will be special events at other select venues:
- Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
- St. Louis County Library HQ
- Wildey Theatre
- Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Advance tickets for SLIFF screenings are available now. If you are buying your tickets ahead of time, your best strategy would be to take a look at the SLIFF schedule and figure out what venue to event or movie you want to attend will take place at. All venues have tickets on sale at their box offices and online, except for Washington University and Webster University. Those venues do not sell tickets online; tickets to events taking place at those venues will have to be purchased at the box office. There are, however, many events that are free and require no ticket; again, you can find out which events these are by checking out the schedule.
Individual tickets to screenings that are not free or special are $12 ($10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members). The following special events feature different admission prices:
- Artist Cocktail Reception: $35
- “Confidence Man” screening and concert: $15
- Poco’s Rusty Young & Jack Sundrud: Scoring Weston Woods’ Cartoons: $10 (but free for children 12 and under)
- Family Shorts: $6
- Films screened before 6 PM at the Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac Theatres on Nov. 11 and Nov. 14-18: $6
- Closing Night Party: $5
Festival Punch-Passes are also available. $100 will get you 10 tickets, good for any screening (except the Artist Cocktail Reception and “Confidence Man” screening). There is also a Festival All-Access Pass for those planning on attending as many shows as possible. These passes are $350 and are good for two admissions to every event at the fest. The Punch-Passes are available at the Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac box offices, but the All-Access Pass is only available by calling Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4153.
Volunteer at the Festival
Sounds like fun, right? But if you love movies you may not just want to attend the festival. Lucky for you, Cinema St. Louis staffs hundreds of volunteers every year, who do everything from ushering and ticket-taking to housekeeping and distributing ballots. You can download volunteer schedules here, and if you see a shift you’re interested in taking, just email Cinema St. Louis’s Brian. All volunteers will receive a festival T-shirt and a ticket voucher for every shift they work.
Again, much more info about the festival, including complete schedules and summaries of all the films being screened, is available at the Cinema St. Louis website. Be sure to check back here for more information on some of the festival’s particularly noteworthy events over the next couple weeks.
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