29th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival Lineup Announced

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Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for Virtual Festival Nov 5-22, 2020

ST. LOUIS - eTradeWire -- The 29th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis (CSL), 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 at the festival.

Because of the Covid-19 health crisis, SLIFF will be presented virtually in 2020. To provide maximum access, the fest is extending its run by a week to 18 days: Nov. 5-22. CSL is partnering with Eventive, which also handles our ticketing, to present the virtual festival.

This year's festival kicks off with a free opening-night special event featuring the documentary short "8:46" — which records a powerful performance by comedian Dave Chappelle in response to the killing of George Floyd — and a livestreamed conversation with Dave Chappelle and the film's Oscar-winning directors, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.

Although many elements of this year's SLIFF will remain familiar to audience members, the fest is obviously not unspooling in its usual fashion. Here are the key elements of the virtual festival:

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Program Availability: The majority of SLIFF's lineup of features and shorts programs will be available to view on demand anytime from Nov. 5-22. Eighteen films will have a more limited window of availability (e.g., 24 hours, 48 hour, 7 days) and have a defined date range for access.
Watch Window: Once a ticket-holder begins watching a program, access to it remains available for 48 hours. (The one exception is the film "The Dark Divide," which has a watch window of 8 hours.)
Livestreams: Special Events (opening-night event, closing-night awards presentation, New Filmmakers Forum roundtable, and master classes) will be offered as livestreams at specific times/dates.
Q&As: Although no guests can attend the festival, recorded Q&As with filmmakers and/or documentary subjects will accompany many of the programs.

The fest schedule, ticket and pass information, and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis website: cinemastlouis.org.

For more information, the public should visit https://cinemastlouis.org/ or call 314-289-4150.

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