Virginia Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Virginia Film Festival
SINCE: 1988
WHERE: University of Virginia in Charlottesville
WEBSITE: www.virginiafilmfestival.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Every autumn, the Festival showcases celebrated new features and documentaries, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from right here in Virginia. The Festival brings in a fascinating selection of guests, from internationally acclaimed directors and actors to professors and leading cultural experts who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage.

20 New Films Added to Lineup for 2015 Virginia Film Festival incl. ‘PARADISE, FL,’ ‘KRISHA’

20 New Films Added to Lineup for 2015 Virginia Film Festival incl. ‘PARADISE, FL,’ ‘KRISHA’

The 2015 Virginia Film Festival have added more than 20 new films to the lineup.  The Festival, presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, will take place from November 5-8 at venues throughout Charlottesville.  The Festival also revealed that Alex Neustaedter, the young star of Ithaca, will join in a post-screening discussion that will include director Meg Ryan, actor Lois Robbins, and producer Janet Brenner. […]

2015 Virginia Film Festival Unveils Lineup, to Open with Hank Williams Film I SAW THE LIGHT

2015 Virginia Film Festival Unveils Lineup, to Open with Hank Williams Film I SAW THE LIGHT

The Virginia Film Festival returns to Charlottesville for its 28th year from November 5 to 8, 2015.  Opening the 2015 Virginia Film Festival will be I Saw the Light, the Hank Williams film from director Marc Abraham that chronicles the country music legend’s meteoric rise to fame and its tragic consequences on a life cut short at the age of only 29. The film stars Tom Hiddleston in the lead role and Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ wife […]

Virginia Film Festival Unveils Lineup; Opens with World Premiere of Virginia-Themed and Made “Big Stone Gap”

Virginia Film Festival Unveils Lineup; Opens with World Premiere of Virginia-Themed and Made “Big Stone Gap”

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The 2014 Virginia Film Festival lineup will return to Charlottesville from November 6-9, and officially kick off with the World Premiere of Big Stone Gap, filmed on location in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and based on the popular series of books by noted author and Big Stone Gap native Adriana Trigiani. The film stars Ashley Judd as the small town’s self-appointed middle-age spinster who keeps countless secrets before discovering one of her own that will change her life forever. 5 to 7, the tale of a “cinq-a-sept” romance, and love’s power to conquer even the most insurmountable of obstacles, has been selected as the Centerpiece Film, and for the closing film, the festival will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dead Poets Society.

PHILOMENA Wins Top Award at 2013 Virginia Film Festival

PHILOMENA Wins Top Award at 2013 Virginia Film Festival

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The Virginia Film Festival announced the winners of its Audience and Programmer’s Awards for the 2013 festival. Earning top honors in the Audience Award category of Best Narrative Feature was PHILOMENA, the Stephen Frears directed drama starring Dame Judi Dench as a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption by her Irish Catholic community decades earlier and joins forces with a BBC reporter, played by Steve Coogan, on a mission to find him.

2013 Virginia Film Festival to run November 7-10; Announces Film Lineup

2013 Virginia Film Festival to run November 7-10; Announces Film Lineup

 Opening Night film - Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKAOpening Night film – Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA

The 2013 Virginia Film Festival, presented by The University of Virginia, will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia from November 7-10; and will kick off with an Opening Night screening of Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA. The screening will feature special guest Will Forte, the longtime Saturday Night Live standout who makes his dramatic debut in the film, in which he stars opposite Bruce Dern. Forte will be joined by award-winning producer Ron Yerxa (Cold Mountain, Little Miss Sunshine). “This is a really wonderful film that has been getting major buzz on the festival circuit,” Kielbasa said. “And it gives our audience a chance to see Will Forte as they have certainly never seen him before. He gives a powerful and understated performance, and shows a dramatic range that I think will surprise a lot of people.”

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

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 […]

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Opening Night Film – The Descendants starring George Clooney

The Virginia Film Festival is returning for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011, with a lineup of more than 100 films and a long list of special guests set to bring some serious star power to Charlottesville.

This year the Virginia Film Festival will welcome an outstanding array of special guests including director Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek and her husband, the acclaimed art director Jack Fisk,  and rising star Mia Wasikowska, who starred as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and won raves for her performance in The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska will be appearing along with director Rodrigo Garcia and the film’s producers, U.Va. graduate Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, to discuss the new film Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close.

Publishing magnate Larry Flynt, will return to Charlottesville to present a 15th Anniversary screening of his Academy Award-nominated film The People vs. Larry Flynt, and participate in a special discussion presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

Other guests include actress and comedian Rachael Harris, noted film historian and television personality Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Classic Movies on TNT, noted producer and U.Va. alumnus Paul Junger Witt, who will be presenting his latest film, A Better Life; celebrated family farmer, author and activist Joel Salatin (appearing with the film Farmageddon) and colorful chef and school food reformer Tony Geraci (appearing with the film Cafeteria Man). {jathumbnail off}

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The Virginia Film Festival, will return to Charlottesville, Virginia, for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011. The 2010 festival attracted more than 23,750 people and earned more than $90,158 in ticket sales. Both figures represent a 25% increase over the prior year. The festival featured 27 sellouts that ranged from sneak peeks at first-run features like the Academy-Award nominated Black Swan and 127 Hours to documentaries including the powerful Civil Rights era tale Freedom […]

2010 Virginia Film Festival Announces Winners

2010 Virginia Film Festival Announces Winners

Josh Radnor’s happythankyoumoreplease captured the Audience Favorite Award for Best Narrative Feature for the recently-wrapped, and record-setting, 2010 Virginia Film Festival. Radnor’s happythankyoumoreplease also earned the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In happythankyoumoreplease “Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who’s having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes […]

Black Swan To Open Virginia Film Festival

Black Swan To Open Virginia Film Festival

The 23rd Annual Virginia Film Festival kicks off tonight (the festival runs November 4 – 7) and will feature more than 100 films, including high-profile, first-run features, beloved classics and cutting-edge documentaries and engaging shorts. The weekend will also feature an array of high-profile guests, special events, parties and community events in a weekend designed to spotlight and illuminate cinema’s unique power to enlighten and entertain. The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University […]