Cinema St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio present free Best of Shorts program on Twitch on Feb. 20

By: Cinema St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - Jan. 22, 2021 - PRLog -- Cinema St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio are proud to co-present a free virtual screening of a selection of the award-winning short films from the 2020 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and 2020 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. In addition to the films, the event will feature an interview with Jon Alston, director of "Augustus," which won the Essy Award (which honors films with St. Louis connections) for Best Narrative Short at both the Showcase and SLIFF.

The program will be streamed at 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 20, on St. Louis Public Radio's Twitch channel.

Twitch is a livestream video platform owned by Amazon. It's like YouTube, but all the videos are live, so the experience is different at any given time.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long sanctioned SLIFF's shorts competition as a pre-screening event for the Academy Awards. The winners in four categories of SLIFF's juried shorts programming (Best of Fest, Best Animation, Best Live Action, and Best Documentary) are eligible to submit their films directly to the Academy for Oscar consideration.

St. Louis Public Radio is an award-winning news organization and NPR member station, providing in-depth news, insightful discussion, and entertaining programs to more than a half-million people per month on-air and online. With a large, St. Louis-based newsroom and reporters stationed in Jefferson City and Rolla, Mo., and Belleville, Ill., the station's journalists find and tell important stories about communities across the region and help people to become deeply informed about the issues that affect their lives. Broadcasting on 90.7 KWMU FM in St. Louis, 90.3 WQUB in Quincy, Ill., 88.5 KMST in Rolla, and sharing news and music online at, St. Louis Public Radio is a member-supported service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The following short films will be screened during this event:

Always Coming Back: SLIFF Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short.

Augustus: SLIFF and Showcase Essy Award for Best Narrative Short.

Black Goat: SLIFF Best Live Action Short.

Colette: SLIFF Best Documentary Short.

I Want to Make a Film about Women: SLIFF Essy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Josiah: SLIFF Best of Fest Short.

R.A.S.: SLIFF Best Short Short.

To the Dusty Sea: SLIFF Best Animated Short.

More information can be found on St. Louis Public Radio's Events page: Participants can register for the event here (

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