How to Get Your Tickets

How Can I Get Tickets?

The 2015 Festival schedule will be released the evening of Tuesday, September 29. Beginning on Friday, October 2, tickets are available through the following outlets.

Online: Visit our schedule page to order your tickets. Browse the interactive schedule and place your order with a credit card.

  • Opens at 12:01 AM on Friday, October 2 and allows ticket purchases up to one hour prior to each film
  • All orders received through Friday, October 30 will be mailed.
  • All orders placed after October 30 must be picked up in advance at the Arts Box Office or at Festival Headquarters inside Violet Crown on the Downtown Mall.

Over the phone at (434) 924-3376

  • M-F from Noon to 5 PM

In Person at

  • U.Va. Arts Box Office in the lobby of the U.Va. Drama Building, open M-F from noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Festival Headquarters, located inside Violet Crown on the Downtown Mall, beginning Wednesday, October 28, M-Sat from Noon to 6 PM and Sun from Noon to 5 PM

Remember: Will call tickets will not be available for pickup at the door. You must pick them up in advance!

How Much Do Tickets Cost?

Matinees screenings prior to 5 PM: $10.00

Evening screenings: $12.00

Premier Screenings: $15.00 and up (may vary based on screening)

Discounts are available for non-matinee screenings to senior citizens (60+), students with ID, children, U.Va. faculty and staff, and local educators.

Group Tickets: We offer a $1 off each ticket to groups of 20 or more. Contact the box office by phone or in person for more details.


How Can I Pay For Tickets?

We accept all major credit cards online and in-person, as well as cash and check at our box office locations. During the Festival, we only accept cash and check at the door.

All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges. Checks should be made payable to: U.Va – Arts Box Office.

What If I'm A Full-Time Student at U.Va.?

All full-time U.Va. students can receive one complimentary ticket to all films, as available, made possible by the Arts$ program. These student tickets must be reserved in advance and are not available the day of a film or at the door of an event. The tickets must be picked up prior to the film at the U.Va. Arts Box Office or at Festival Headquarters.

Can I Get Tickets During the Festival?

Absolutely! Here’s how:

  • U.Va. Arts Box Office
    • Nov. 5: Noon – 5 PM, 7 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Nov 6: Noon – 5 PM, 5:45 PM- 6:45 PM, 9 PM- 10:00 PM
    • Nov 7: Noon – 5 PM, 8 PM – 9PM
    • Nov 8: Noon – 4 PM, 6 PM – 7PM
  • The Festival Headquarters at Violet Crown– Open from 10 AM until the start of the final screening or event each day of the Festival, Nov 5-8.
  • Screening and Event Venues – Box Offices at our remote venues will be open only during the Festival, one hour before each screening or event.  Please note that remote venues only accept cash or check payments.
  • Online – Tickets can be purchased online up to one hour prior to each film.

What If Tickets Are Unavailable?

You are in luck! Unclaimed tickets may become available at the door. Here are details:

  • Ten minutes before a film begins, released tickets will be sold to patrons waiting in a standby line.
  • The Virginia Film Festival does not have control over when standby lines will begin to form; therefore we cannot advise patrons on an arrival time to join or form a line.
  • No saving of places is allowed and a max of 4 tickets per person will be sold.
  • While there is no guarantee that we will have tickets to release at the door, we typically do have a small number to release to a standby line.

Anything Else I Need to Know?

  1. Seating for each screening will begin approximately 30 minutes before the screening time.
  2. Arrive on time- admission to theaters may be restricted after the film has begun.
  3. Be conscious of venue locations- many are across town, so plan your film schedule accordingly.
  4. All orders received through Friday, October 30 will be mailed.
  5. All orders placed after October 30 must be picked up in advance at the Arts Box Office or at Festival Headquarters at Violet Crown.
  6. Please don’t forgetWill-call tickets will not be available for pickup at screening venues. You must pick them up in advance from one of our in person box office locations. Be sure to bring your confirmation email with you to pick up will-call tickets.

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