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2020 Call for Entries Now Open
We invite filmmakers from around the world to submit a film for consideration through our Film Freeway portal in the narrative, documentary, and shorts categories. As always, VA residents and students at VA schools are eligible to have their entry fees waived!
Submit a Film
That's a Wrap on the 32nd Annual Virginia Film Festival
Thank you for joining us to watch, celebrate, and discuss the power of film at the 32nd annual Virginia Film Festival.
You can read our complete wrap up press release and view the winners of our 2019 Audience and Programmers Awards via the link below.
2019 Festival in Photos
Relive your favorite memories of the 32nd annual Virginia Film Festival through our Best of the 2019 Festival flickr album!
Update on 'Spirited Away'
In accordance with UVA's COVID-19 policy, the upcoming screening of 'Spirited Away' on Tuesday, March 17 at Violet Crown will no longer be presented in collaboration with the Virginia Film Festival, a program of University of Virginia. The screening is scheduled to move forward under Violet Crown’s management. Please visit violetcrown.com for more information. We will make decisions to reschedule or proceed as planned for all future VAFF @ Violet Crown series screenings at a later date and in accordance with University regulations.
Save the Date
2020 Virginia Film Festival to be held October 21-25!
September 22, 2020
Program Announcement & Launch Party
September 24, 2020
Full Schedule of Films & Guests Online
September 28, 2020
Public Tickets on Sale
Community Outreach & Engagement
The Virginia Film Festival is about far more than what happens on our screens. The power of the movies to entertain, enlighten, inspire, and challenge us provides a jumping off point for important discourse that is informed by and enriches the community here and beyond. Join the conversation!
Family-friendly feature films, interactive arts workshops, a musical instrument petting zoo, Hollywood red carpet walk, premiers of youth films, and healthy food samplings are part of this exciting theater and street fair event on Saturday of the Festival weekend. All films and activities are free to our attendees!
Our Scholars Program offers a 6-day immersive, educational, and networking experience for UVA students.
These special events provide a safe and comfortable theater experience for children with sensory-related disabilities and their families.
We partner with the region's schools to screen relevant films and host educational panels.
Young Filmmakers Academy
Designed to engage youth in authentic film production, YFA introduces students to the challenge of filmmaking.
Join the VAFF Community
You're invited to become part of our community! Below are just some of the ways that you can join us and share in the excitement of Virginia Film Festival.
Become a Donor
Your support enables us to deliver the very best programming each year. We thank our loyal supporters by offering unique access to events, screenings, artists, and much more!
Sponsor an Event
Supporting the Film Festival directly aligns your business with a community-focused arts organization that boasts a strong regional and growing national presence.
Over 300 dedicated volunteers donate their time each year to help us mount and run VAFF. We could not do what we do each year without their tireless help and continued support.
Jobs + Internships
We hire seasonal positions and host an intensive internship program that give hands-on experience in all aspects of planing and running our festival.