Cinema St. Louis (CSL) has named Bree Maniscalco as the organization’s new executive director. Cinema St. Louis, an Arts and Education Council and Centene Center for the Arts resident organization, presents a quartet of annual festivals — the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, QFest St. Louis and Classic French Film Festival. In addition to the festivals, they present an array of film series, screenings, educational opportunities and special events.

Maniscalco has a 15-year history with CSL. Since January 2018, she has served as the organization’s development director, but her involvement with CSL began in 2007, when she first volunteered at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Maniscalco continued in that role through 2017, serving as a venue supervisor during most of those years.

Maniscalco has a M.A. in nonprofit management from Washington University and a B.S. in psychology and human development/family studies from the University of Utah. In conjunction with her postgraduate education at Washington University, she completed a thorough analysis of the strategic needs of CSL as her capstone project. She also served on the Cinema St. Louis board from 2014-17.

“Cinema St. Louis has been a central figure in my love for St. Louis,” says Maniscalco. “Since my move from Salt Lake City, discovering an organization where I could access film and experience festivals with ease and network with other film lovers, is what has kept me in this city. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to see where we can take the organization in the years to come.”

Maniscalco officially takes over as executive director on July 1. She succeeds retiring ED Cliff Froehlich, who will continue his longtime relationship with CSL as a programming consultant.

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