Amazing film festivals can be found throughout the world, with many possessing the ability to influence the course of the film industry for the year. Large film festivals (such as Cannes and the Sundance Film Festival) are impressive, but can be a bit intimidating for not only movie makers but guests as well. We believe the Virginia Film Festival offers the perfect mix of innovative filmmakers as well as fun events, all surrounded by the incredible beauty of Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains… making for a fantastic festival.
Presented by the University of Virginia, the 2016 Virginia Film Festival has celebrated movies and inspired audiences for over 25 years. Every autumn, the Festival showcases new features and documentaries; offers fresh perspectives on timeless classics; and welcomes a fascinating selection of guests (from acclaimed directors and actors to professors and leading cultural experts) who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage. Today, the Virginia Film Festival stands as one of the most respected regional destination film festivals in the United States.
Before you visit, here are the details on how you can best plan for the 2016 Virginia Film Festival:
This year’s Virginia Film Festival will be held November 3rd – 6th, 2016. Some 96 films will be shown during the four days of the Festival. Those films will be shown in 5 different Charlottesville locations including, the Paramount Theater, the Vinegar Hill Theatre, the Violet Crown Theater, PVCC’s Dickinson Center, UVA’s Culbreth Theatre and Newcomb Hall Theater, and St. Anne’s-Belfield. While most of the panel discussions are free, the Festival sells movie tickets on an individual basis. In addition, there will be other events that coincide with the festival as well. We suggest you have a look at the full schedule of events, films, and more that are highlighted on the official website. This will ensure that you will be able to see and attend every screening and event that you want.
Each year 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. Past guests include Jimmy Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Gena Rowlands, Sigourney Weaver, William Styron, Tippi Hedren, Ross McElwee, Matthew Broderick, Stanley Nelson, January Jones, Cherry Jones, Oliver Stone, Will Forte, Mia Wasikowska, Jorma Taccone, Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman, and Patrick Wilson.
PLAN YOUR EXPERIENCE
1. CHOOSE YOUR FILMS
With nearly 100 films, the Virginia Film Festival offers something for everyone. From traditional screenings of classic films to hard-hitting documentaries with a panel of special guests, the Virginia Film Festival appeals to a broad spectrum of audience interests. Browse the film guide to get started.
2. JOIN THE PARTY
In addition to packing 100 films into four days, the Virginia Film Festival celebrates and socializes throughout the Charlottesville area during the Festival Weekend! Plan to attend the Opening Night Gala, the Digital Media Gallery Opening, the Family Day, or the Late Night Wrap Party for even more Festival fun! Click to learn more about the galas & parties.
3. BUY YOUR TICKETS
There are multiple ways to obtain your Festival tickets, including online, by phone (434-924-3376), or in person. Select your films carefully, though, as consecutive screenings across town from each other will require you to take travel time into consideration (Charlottesville traffic can get sluggish sometimes, so plan accordingly)!
4. PLAN YOUR WEEKEND
Charlottesville is one of the Southeast’s premier vacation destinations. Surrounded by the beautiful, rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, yet only a hundred miles south of Washington, D.C., Charlottesville is a vibrant college town with a thriving arts and culture scene, and an impressive colonial history, to boot! During your stay, take time to visit the many vineyards, nature trails, and historical sites the area has to offer – we promise you won’t regret it. When you do decide to join in the fun at the Virginia Film Festival, be sure to consider staying with us at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn. Our night-time stars are brighter, our rural sounds are quieter, and our gourmet food is better than most anything else you’ll find in the Charlottesville region. With historic accommodations on our 317-year old plantation, a getaway to Prospect Hill will put you in the perfect frame-of-mind to enjoy all the 2016 Virginia Film Festival has to offer. Contact our amazing staff today and let us book a stay for you (or tour our rooms & cottages here).