"Michael Sporn: Personal Best" will be screened during SLIFF/Kids. Sporn will also conduct a Q&A session.
The first annual St. Louis International Children's Film Festival, also called SLIFF/Kids, gives kids and families the opportunity to screen independent movies at theaters throughout the metro area.
SLIFF/Kids features film programs on the fest's two weekends (July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4). Venues include Webster University, the St. Louis Public Library, the Missouri History Museum, Washington University, Lindenwood University, the Wildey Theatre and Ronnies 20 Cine.
The films screened at SLIFF/Kids include international and American-independent narrative features (both animated and live action) and shorts programs. Programs are pitched to children and young teens ages 6-16; some programs appeal equally to all ages, but others are designed to serve particular age ranges.All film programs are free but theaters will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
Schedule Friday, July 26 7 p.m. Webster U.: "Send in the Clowns: A Celebration of Slapstick and Silent Comedians"
Saturday, July 27 Noon, Central Library: "Alfie, the Little Werewolf" 1 p.m., Lindenwood University: "Wolf Children" 2:30 p.m., Central Library: "Tom Sawyer and His Friends" 7 p.m., Missouri History Museum: "Tio Papi," with screenwriter/star Joey Dedio
Sunday, July 28 1 p.m., Wildey: "The Painting" 1:30 p.m., Central Library: "Moon Man" 3:30 p.m., Central Library: "Lotte and the Moonstone Secret" 7 p.m., Missouri History Museum: "Believe"
Friday, Aug. 2 7 p.m., Washington University: "Michael Sporn: Personal Best," with animator Sporn
Saturday, Aug. 3 10 a.m., Ronnies: Disney's "Planes in 3D" Noon, Central Library: "Return to Oz," with Filmmaking Camps shorts 1 p.m., Lindenwood University: "The Painting" 2:30 p.m., Central Library: "A Letter to Momo" 7 p.m., Washington University: "Wolf Children"
Sunday, Aug. 4 1 p.m., Wildey: "Wolf Children" 1:30 p.m., Central Library: "Michael Sporn: By the Book," with animator Sporn 3:30 p.m., Central Library: "Kauwboy" 7 p.m., Washington University: "Standing Up," with production executive Jere Hausfater
Cinema St. Louis is coordinating the film festival, which is presented by PNC Arts Alive. In addition to the film programs, CSL offers filmmaking camps on live action and animation at the St. Louis Public Library's Creative Experience on the fest's weekdays (July 29 - Aug. 2). And on Aug. 3, a full-day animation workshop for teens will be held at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The camps are free of charge; the animation workshop is $75, but all supplies and materials are provided.
Full details of the SLIFF/Kids program, including descriptions of the films and detailed theater location and parking information, can be found at the Cinema St. Louis Website.