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The Virginia Film Festival has announced the dates for its upcoming 25th anniversary year. The 2012 festival will take place Nov. 1 to 4.

The festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences.

The 2011 festival drew more than 24,000 attendees and featured a record 27 sold-out screenings. The weekend proved to be an Academy Awards preview, opening with Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants” (Best Adapted Screenplay) and featuring Best Picture winner “The Artist,” along with a host of other nominated films, including “Albert Nobbs” and “A Better Life.” The guest list included legendary director Oliver Stone, actress Sissy Spacek, noted art director Jack Fisk, actresses Mia Wasikowska and Rachael Harris, free speech advocate and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, and acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones.


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