St. Louis, MO —National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Cinema St. Louis for the 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).
Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one by Cinema St. Louis, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said the NEA’s Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”
The 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 1-11, 2018. The fest will screen more than 400 animated, narrative, and documentary feature and short films, and will host master classes, special events, and an ambitious Cinema for Students program. Panels and Q&As with filmmakers and documentary subjects will accompany a third of the screenings. Programming streams will include the Women in Film Spotlight, Race in America: The Black Experience, and the Human Rights Spotlight.
The nonprofit Cinema St. Louis (CSL) produces SLIFF, one of the largest and highest-profile international film festivals in the Midwest. CSL also annually produces the locally focused St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, the LGBTQ-centric QFest St. Louis, and the Classic French Film Festival. In addition, CSL serves as the local producer of the 48 Hour Film Project and hosts educational programs, competitions, screenings, and special events throughout the year.
Nearly 25,000 patrons annually attend SLIFF, and an additional 5,000 to 12,000 attend CSL events and festivals held throughout the year.