Your guide to regional film festivals


Film festivals allow filmmakers of all genres to share their work with new and dedicated audiences, and while they can host the hottest events, you don’t need to travel to California or New York. for a lively festive atmosphere experience. Whether you prefer documentaries or fiction, classic films or new directors, there is a festival nearby to satisfy the movie buff in you.

Saint-Louis film festivals

African film festival: The annual African Film Festival at Washington University in St. Louis brings the latest news from the African film scene to the public. The festival aims to highlight themes in many African countries by highlighting various genres, talents and directions of African cinema.1 Brookings Dr.

Cinema in Citygarden: This co-presentation of Cinema St. Louis and Gateway Foundation invites St. Louis filmmakers to create short films inspired by nature. The biennial program rewards winning filmmakers with cash prizes, and Citygarden screens the winning short films in a looping program on their video wall. 3547 Olive Street

Israeli Film Festival: This shorter day-long film festival presented by Congregation Temple Israel will feature two Israeli films and offer Israeli-style refreshments and cuisine during intermission. Entrance to the festival is free, and guests are encouraged to stay for both films in order to learn more about Israeli culture. 1 Rabbi Alvan D Rubin Dr.

QFest Saint-Louis: This year’s 15th annual QFest will once again use the art of contemporary gay cinema to shine a light on the lives of LGBTQ + people and share information about queer culture. The celebratory event aims to excite, entertain and enlighten members of the public about the social, cultural and political aspects of life as an LGBTQ + person. In line

Robert Classic French Film Festival: Presented by TV5MONDE and produced by Cinéma St. Louis, the Robert Classic French Film Festival is a celebration of the Gallic heritage of Saint-Louis and of “the French cinematographic heritage”. Previous festivals have featured films spanning decades throughout the 1900s and aim to offer a glimpse into classic and historic French films. Two locations, Forsyth Boulevard and 470 E. Lockwood Ave.

Showcase of the filmmakers of St. Louis: The annual St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase at the St. Louis Cinema serves to share the work of local filmmakers based in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Previous showcases have shown narrative and documentary features, short blocks of programming, and post-screening Q&A. Some films from the showcase are also screened at SLIFF. In line

Saint-Louis International Film Festival: Cinema St. Louis has offered the St. Louis International Film Festival to moviegoers since 1992. After the setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 30th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, scheduled for 4 to November 21, will host in-person screenings at the Tivoli Theater, Brown Hall Auditorium at the University of Washington and Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University, as well as a number of virtual events. Movie buffs can expect to “watch the best of world cinema” with genres such as international films, documentaries, American independent films and short films. Various locations, including 6350 boul. Delmar.

Saint-Louis Jewish Film Festival: The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival aims to give moviegoers the impression of traveling the world through national and international film screenings. The event explores universal issues through “traditional Jewish values, opposing views and new perspectives”. In line

Webster University Film Series: The Webster University Film Series offers year-round access to international cinema, guest artists and classic films. Running since 1979, the series is a nationally recognized and recognized annual film exhibition that features American and foreign feature films, documentaries, classics and experimental filmmaking. With national and international artists showcasing their work, attendees can expect an immersive and alternative cinematic experience. 470 E. Lockwood Ave.

Less than a day’s drive

Big Muddy Film Festival: Just under two hours drive from St. Louis is Southern Illinois University Carbondale, home to the annual Big Muddy Film Festival. The festival is one of the oldest student-run film festivals in the world, and the films highlight themes such as community, accessibility, social justice and the environment. 1263 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, Illinois

Riverside Short Film Festival: The annual Riverside Short Film Festival in New Haven hopes to advance the arts and crafts of filmmaking through the support, promotion and recognition of short films and filmmakers. The festival focuses on new voices in the industry and emphasizes different global perspectives to increase conversation while enlightening audiences. 1101 Miller St., New Haven, Missouri

Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival: The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism has hosted the Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival for nearly a decade. The festival offers undergraduates and graduate students of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism the opportunity to share the documentaries they produced during their studies to meet their degree requirements. 100 Old 63 North, Columbia, Missouri

True / False Film Festival: One of the premier documentary film events in the country, True / False Film Fest takes hold of Columbia, Missouri each year with a mission to captivate and engage communities in an immersive artistic experience. Sponsored by the non-profit Ragtag Film Society, the festival brings together creatives and transforms Columbia into a city-wide art and film paradise. Be sure to check out the festival’s secret screenings to get a taste of the new documentaries before they hit the festival’s biggest circuit. Various locations including 203 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Missouri


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