Washington University hosts the seventh African Film Festival March 23rd through the 25th. It includes eight films, three features introduced by short films plus a youth matinee. Selections this year celebrate independent women and the power of youth. Of those available for preview, A Trip to Algiers stands out for one family's political drama as Algeria embraces independence.
The 20th annual St. Louis International Film Festival begins spectacularly Thursday, November 10th at the Tivoli with The Artist. Impressively executed and immensely entertaining, The Artist charts the fading career of silent film star George Valentin juxtaposed with the rise of Peppy Miller. St. Louisan John Goodman plays film director Zimmer in this gorgeous, masterful black-and-white homage to silent film.
The fourth annual Q-Fest LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans) Film Festival screens from April 14th through the 17th at the Hi-Pointe Theatre. And with 21 films, 11 of them features and 10 short subjects, there's plenty to choose from. Of the feature length films, seven narrative and four documentaries represent three countries, including two Italian comedies.
This past October, filmmakers from around the world had just 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film as part of the National Film Challenge.
The Israeli Doc Challenge has wrapped up for 2010! Twelve short films with subjects ranging from the search for an Israeli superhero and a questionable modern day messiah to overcoming loneliness and facing your garbage man. All made in 5 short days. The top films are available for screening in the Doc Challenge Screening Room including the first prize winner, Next Stop, Life by Team Lucky No. 13. Check them out!