The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis (CSL), serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screened works that were shot in the St. Louis region or were written, directed, or produced by St. Louis-area residents or by filmmakers with strong local ties who are now working elsewhere. The Showcase’s 14 film programs ranged from narrative and documentary features to multi-film compilations of fiction, experimental, and documentary shorts.

The closing-night awards presentation took place in the Hi-Pointe Theatre on Sunday, July 30. Announced were nearly two dozen Showcase jury awards — including two $500 prizes to the overall Best Documentary and Narrative Showcase film. Cinema St. Louis staff also announced the films that will move on to the 32nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival in November. Below are the winners.

Narrative jury awards:

  1. Best Costumes – The Candy Crucible
  2. Best Makeup/Hairstyling – Eliza
  3. Best Use of Music – Somewhere in Old Missouri – Mother Meat, Bas Drogo, & Kevin Koehler
  4. Best Sound – Kyle Pham, Up for Air
  5. Best Production Design/Art Direction – Somewhere is Old Missouri
  6. Best Special/Visual Effects – Austin Zwibelman, Processing…
  7. Best Editing – Chase Norman & Hattie Smith, Up for Air
  8. Best Cinematography – Chris Lawing, Penitentia
  9. Best Screenplay – Andy Compton, Captcha
  10. Best Actor – Zachary Scott Clark, “Honorable”
  11. Best Actress – Kazia Steele, “Eliza”
  12. Best Ensemble – Honorable
  13. Best Direction – Kevin Coleman-Cohen, “Pretty Boy”
  14. Best Animated Film – Gorilla Tactics, Michael Long
  15. Best Comedy – Captcha, Andy Compton
  16. Best Drama – Pretty Boy, Kevin Coleman-Cohen
  17. Best Horror/Thriller – The Queue, Michael Rich
  18. Best Narrative Film under 20 minutes – Fortune Cookie, Fu Yang
  19. Best Narrative Feature over 20 minutes – Somewhere is Old Missouri, Tom Boyer
Bring Dat Mono Back

Documentary & Experimental jury awards:

  1. Best Animated Documentary or Experimental Film – Fortune Cookie, Fu Yang
  2. Best Use of Music – Bring Dat Mono Back, Edward Thornton
  3. Best Sound – Loup Garou, Erin Greenwell
  4. Best Editing – Todd Soliday, Uncle Bully’s Surf Skool
  5. Best Cinematography – Papa Blankson, Shark Brained
  6. Best Direction – Raising Spirits | The Big Muddy Dance Company, Chadwell & Ria Ruthsatz
  7. Best Documentary under 20 minutes – The Highland Incident, Zia Nizami
  8. Best Documentary Feature over 20 minutes – clusterluck, Cami Thomas
  9. Best Experimental Film – These Flowers Were for You, Taylor Yocom
Raising Spirits. The Big Muddy Dance Company.

Films invited to SLIFF:

  1. The Box, directed by Doveed Linder
  2. The Candy Crucible, directed by Micah Deeken
  3. Captcha, directed by Andy Compton
  4. clusterluck, directed by Cami Thomas
  5. Eliza, directed by Delisa Richardson and Dan Steadman
  6. Fortune Cookie, directed by Fu Yang
  7. Gorilla Tactics, directed by Michael Long
  8. The Highland Incident, directed by Zia Nizami
  9. Honorable, directed by Zachary Scott Clark and Mariah Richardson
  10. Nova, directed by Gabe Sheets
  11. Pretty Boy, directed by Kevin Coleman-Cohen
  12. The Queue, directed by Michael Rich
  13. These Flowers Were for You, directed by Taylor Yocom
  14. Up for Air, directed by Chase Norman
The Box

Chellapa-Vedavalli Foundation Best of Fest Essy Awards $500 cash prize: 

Documentary: Bring Dat Mono Back, Edward Thornton

Narrative: Captcha, directed by Andy Compton

Somewhere In Old Missouri

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Pretty Boy

Cinema St. Louis

For more than 30 years, Cinema St. Louis (CSL) has served as the region’s go-to arts nonprofit for educating and inspiring audiences of all ages through film. Annually, the organization hosts the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) —  included among USA Today’s 10 Best “Film Festivals Worth Traveling To” — as well as the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, QFest St. Louis, Classic French Film Festival, and Golden Anniversaries. In addition, Cinema St. Louis seeks to engage younger audiences, exposing them to the possibilities of becoming filmmakers, through free hands-on filmmaking camps and screenings through Cinema for Students.

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