The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) runs through Nov. 11, at venues around St. Louis. The festival gives St. Louis filmgoers the opportunity to view the finest in world cinema, including international films, documentaries, American indies and shorts.


SLIFF will honor native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale through the Tivoli website,

SLIFF celebrates Joe Edwards, an iconic fixture of St. Louis, for his achievements in connecting cultures and communities since 1972, including the restoration of SLIFF’s signature venue, the Tivoli Theatre.

That event is Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop. Tickets are available online at

In addition, filmmaker Jason Reitman will be honored with a Contemporary Cinema Award. Jim Finn, Jane Gillooly and Karyn Kusama will be given Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Awards, and Melanie Mayron will receive a Women in Film Award

The festival concludes with a free closing-night party on Nov. 11, 8 p.m., at the Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave. Visit for a complete schedule of events.