About Cinema St. Louis:
Cinema St. Louis' (CSL) programs offer glimpses of the human experience from around the world and thoughtfully addresses social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues. CSL believes learning about others' cultures and perspectives allows us to discover something about ourselves. The funding we receive from annual members, ticket-buyers, and contributors like you provides every member of our community, regardless of their ability to pay, year-round access to innovative, educational, and inspirational storytelling through film.
Cinema St. Louis’ premier event is the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), held in November. Since 2003, CSL has presented a Cinema for Students program as part of SLIFF, offering free screenings to St. Louis-area elementary, middle, and high schools.
Cinema St. Louis presents five other annual programs:
-- The Classic French Film Festival features films celebrating St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy.
-- QFest St. Louis spotlights the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrates queer culture.
-- The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase highlights work made by filmmakers with St. Louis roots.
-- Free Filmmaking Camps provide local youth with hands-on instruction in live-action, animated, and documentary filmmaking.
-- Golden Anniversaries screens films celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Of the 624 films that were showcased through Cinema St. Louis programs in 2019, only a few dozen received theatrical runs in local theaters. Without CSL’s year-round festivals, St. Louisans would therefore be denied the opportunity to experience the true richness and vitality of world cinema.