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30th Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival awards and attendance
By: Cinema St. Louis
Because of the hybrid nature of this year's fest, viewers from outside the St. Louis area also participated in many programs, with 44 states and 16 countries represented.
SLIFF screened 412 films: 61 documentary features, 84 narrative features, 94 documentary shorts, and 173 narrative shorts. There were an additional two film programs exclusive to Cinema for Students. The fest also featured six livestreamed special events — four seminars/master classes, a New Filmmakers Forum roundtable, and the closing-night awards presentation — and six in-person special events, including a screening of "American Underdog" with Kurt and Brenda Warner in attendance.
This year's festival featured films from 78 countries in 37 languages.
The festival kicked off with a free opening-night special event featuring the documentary "Procession,"
On the festival's final day, SLIFF offered a Tribute to Mary Strauss and presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Two other filmmakers were also honored: Documentarian and native St. Louisan Nina Gilden Seavey, who presented a free special-event program called "My Fugitive" at the fest, received the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award; and documentarian Deborah Riley Draper, whose film "Twenty Pearls: The Story of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority", received the Women in Film Award.
The following awards were presented:
St. Louis Film Critics Association Joe Pollack and Joe Williams Awards
Essy Award for Best St. Louis Film
New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award (The Bobbie)
Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Award
Best of Fest Audience Choice Awards
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