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Discussant Information

Thank you for your participation in the 34th annual Virginia Film Festival! You will find details on when and where to pick up your Discussant Badge below. Please feel free to contact our Guest Services Coordinator using the information below if you have any questions.

Discussant Badge & Tickets To Screenings

Discussant Badges and Required COVID Tests 

You can pick up your Discussant Badge, along with any COVID tests you need for your time at the festival, at the Filmmakers & Sponsors Lounge at The Whiskey Jar (details below). 

The COVID tests you receive will be rapid antigen tests that can be self-administered and will deliver results in 10-15 mins. You will be required to take a COVID test each day you are scheduled to participate on stage at a VAFF screening or event. 

If you receive a negative test result, please text or email our Guest Services Coordinator Caky Winsett your name and a photo of the completed test to 901-628-8855 or guestservices@virginiafilmfestival.org. You may also bring a negative test result to the Filmmakers & Sponsors Lounge to show VAFF in person. 

If you receive a positive test result, please call Caky at 901-628-8855 immediately to discuss the next steps. 

Please note that the Whiskey Jar is not open on Sunday, October 31. If your event is on Sunday, you will need to collect your COVID test during the open hours of the Whiskey Jar. If this is not possible, please contact Caky Winsett. 

Filmmakers & Sponsors Lounge at The Whiskey Jar
227 W. Main St, on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall 

Thursday, October 28 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, October 29 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, October 30 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Discussant Badge Benefits and Tickets to Screenings

Your Discussant Badge will allow you access to our Filmmakers & Sponsors Lounge at The Whiskey Jar, where refreshments and information on the VAFF are available at any time during the hours of operation, listed above.

You will receive three ticket vouchers when you pick up your Badge. Each ticket voucher can be exchanged for a ticket to any regularly priced film screening, pending availability, at Festival Headquarters or the UVA Arts Box Office (locations and hours listed below). We encourage you to visit the box office and select your tickets soon after you arrive in Charlottesville. (Note: You do not need a ticket to any screenings or events in which you are participating.)

Festival Headquarters (200 W. Main St., inside Violet Crown):
Wednesday, October 27-Sunday, October 31:
Open from 10:00 AM until the start of the final
screening or event each day.

UVA Arts Box Office (109 Culbreth Rd., inside the U.Va. Drama Building):

Wednesday, October 27: Noon – 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 28:  Noon – 5:00 PM, 5:30-6:30 PM, 8:00-9:00 PM

Friday, October 29:  Noon–5:45PM, 8:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, October 30: 10:00-11:00 AM, Noon-6:00 PM, 8:30-9:30PM

Sunday, October 31: 10:15-11:15 AM, Noon-5:30 PM, 8:00-9:00 PM


Festival Schedule
To learn more about other events and screenings at the festival, visit our schedule and films A-Z listing.

For more information about addresses or parking at any of our venues, visit our website. 

Accessibility and Accommodations
The Virginia Film Festival and the University of Virginia are committed to equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. All of our venues are accessible via ramp or elevators, offer wheelchair areas for viewing performances, and have accessible restrooms. For more information, visit our accessibility page.


If you have any questions, please contact Caky Winsett, Guest Services Coordinator, at  guestservices@virginiafilmfestival.org. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!