JUST MERCY by Destin Daniel Cretton, starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx,
JUST MERCY by Destin Daniel Cretton, starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx,

After screening screened over 300 films from 63 countries, the 28th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), concluded with the closing-night awards presentation. “We Believe in Dinosaurs” directed by Clayton Brown & Monica Long Ross won the award for Best Documentary Feature and “Sorry We Missed You” directed by Ken Loach won the award for Best Narrative Feature. “Just Mercy” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton was voted Best Film by the audience.

The festival honored a trio of significant film figures with our annual awards. St. Louis natives Josh Aronson, an Oscar-nominated documentary director for “Sound and Fury,” and Brad Schiff, the animation supervisor for LAIKA Studios and Oscar nominee for “Kubo and the Two Strings,” each received our Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award, and Oscar-nominated director/producer Lisa Cortés (“Precious,” “The Remix,” “The Apollo”) received our Women in Film Award. SLIFF also presented longtime donor and SLIFF supporter Marcia K. Harris with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

28th St. Louis International Film Festival Award Winners

Shorts Awards

Best Documentary Short: “Charon” directed by Cullen Parr

Best Local Short: “St. Louis Superman” directed by Sami Khan & Smriti Mundhra

Best Short Short: “Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad” directed by Camrus Johnson & Pedro Piccinini

Best International Short: “Winter in the Rainforest” directed by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg

Best Animated Short: “Two” directed by Emre Okten

Best Live-Action Short: “Miller & Son” directed by Asher Jelinsky

Best of Fest: “The Neighbor’s Window” directed by Marshall Curry

Interfaith Awards

Best Documentary Feature: “Objector” directed by Molly Stuart

Best Narrative Feature: “Cold November” directed by Ismet Sijarina

St. Louis Film Critics Association Joe Pollack and Joe Williams Awards

Best Documentary Feature: “We Believe in Dinosaurs” directed by Clayton Brown & Monica Long Ross

Best Narrative Feature: “Sorry We Missed You” directed by Ken Loach

New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award (The Bobbie)

“Princess of the Row” directed by Van Maximilian Carlson

Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Award

“My Name Is Pedro” directed by Lillian LaSalle

Best of Fest Audience Choice Awards

Leon Award for Best Documentary Film: “Objector” directed by Molly Stuart

TV5MONDE Award for Best International Film: “Balloon” directed by Michael Herbig

Best Film: “Just Mercy” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

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