The 24th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) launches Nov. 5 and will run through Nov. 15. This year, the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award was presented to Alex Winter. Winter, a St. Louis native and now actor, writer and director will kick off the 10-day event with his documentary feature “Deep Web.”

Along with Winter, the other STIFF honorees include Trent Harris who received the Contemporary Cinema Award and Rosemary Rodriguez who received the Women in Film Award.

More than 125 filmmakers will be featured, with the total of 447 films throughout the festival: 97 narrative features, 86 documentary and 264 shorts, which collectively represent 70 countries. The festival will also offer seven special-event programs, including two free master classes and the closing-night party.

The categories for the STIFF features will be under: Show-Me Cinema Showcase (St. Louis and Missouri roots or connections), Race in America: the Black Experience, Free Human Rights Showcase, SLIFF/kids family films (including three days of free programming), works by international renowned filmmakers and festival award-winners and critically lauded international films.

The festival schedule, ticket, venue information and a complete list of films (with descriptions) are available at the Cinema St. Louis website (