Education

The Virginia Film Festival Education Program engages youth in central Virginia to help foster a love of film and filmmaking.

For Educators

VFF presents the following programs that Educators can bring to their students.

Young Filmmakers Academy (YFA)
YFA engages elementary and early middle school students in the filmmaking process, as teams of students work together to pitch, write, shoot, and edit their own original short films under a common challenge. Participating schools have the opportunity for Light House Studio Teaching Artists to lead filmmaking workshops in the classroom. Participating students will receive YFA certificates and t-shirts. YFA culminates in a red carpet premiere during the Virginia Film Festival on Saturday, November 3 at UVA Arts Grounds. Sign up today!

School Screening
Each year, VFF presents a free screening of a socially relevant film for middle and high school students and their teachers. Experts on film, ethics, and other disciplines speak to the subjects of the film after the screening, providing a fascinating and accessible out of the classroom lesson. The 2018 School Screening will be scheduled for school hours at The Paramount Theatre during the 31st annual Virginia Film Festival November 1-4, 2018.

Festival Guest Engagements
The VFF connects youth in schools and afterschool programs to Festival guests and the subjects of their films through classroom visits. If you are an educator in Charlottesville or Albemarle interested in bringing a visiting film artist to your classroom, please fill out this online form.

Sensory Friendly Screening with Accessible Theatre Project
The sensory-friendly screening aims to provide a safe, judgement-free, and comfortable theater experience for children with autism or other sensory-related disabilities and their families. Special accommodations are made to account for potential sensory challenges. Educators can sign up to bring students to this screening during the Fall 2018.

If you have any questions about the Virginia Film Festival’s Youth Education Program, please contact VFF’s Outreach Coordinator, Erica Barnes at eb4va@virginia.edu

For Families

The VA Film Festival is committed to engaging audiences of all ages and offers the following family-friendly programs and screenings.

Family Day
Family Day is a free family-centric celebration of the arts, featuring educational workshops guided by arts professionals; family-friendly screenings; a musical instrument petting zoo in collaboration with the Charlottesville Symphony; and an interactive arts fair for students of all ages.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 3 at the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at the University of Virginia.

Sensory Friendly Screening with Accessible Theatre Project
The sensory-friendly screening aims to provide a safe, judgement-free, and comfortable theater experience for children with autism or other sensory-related disabilities and their families. Special accommodations are made to account for potential sensory challenges. Families can sign up to attend this screening during the Fall 2018.

Family Friendly Screenings
The VFF screens over 200 films each year. Although many films are not-yet-rated, VFF will indicate family-friendly films in the 2018 Program. Check back in early October for the full program announcement.