A program of

1. Browse Films

The Virginia Film Festival features over 200 screenings and special events alongside nearly as many guests each year. Our five day program showcases the best of contemporary and classic films alike while shining a spotlight on a wide variety of cultural issues and themes. From traditional screenings and lectures to dynamic parties and special events, the festival appeals to a broad spectrum of audience interests.

Looking for the newest, most-talked about films? Or a timeless classic with a panel of special guests? Or maybe a hard-hitting documentary with talks given by the director and producers? Our full program will be available online beginning at 9:00 AM on Thursday, September 26, and you can then browse the FILM GUIDE or view the SCHEDULE by list or grid to get started.

Tickets for all films and events will go on sale at noon on Monday, September 30. 


2. Join the Party

We show over 200 films in four days, but we also like to celebrate and socialize during the Festival Weekend! Come join us for our Opening Night Gala and the Late Night Wrap Party for even more VAFF fun!

See the GALAS & PARTIES page for more information.

3. Buy Your Tickets

There are multiple ways to obtain your Festival tickets, including online, on the phone, or in person. And for UVA students, check out the Arts$ program for one complimentary ticket to all films.

Our advice… pick your films and events carefully, making sure not to choose conflicting times! If you choose consecutive screenings across town from each other, take travel time into consideration; you may have to leave on early, so please plan accordingly.

Read to head to the box office now? Visit our TICKETS page for box office locations, hours, and much more. And while you’re there, make sure to check out our MERCHANDISE!

4. Plan Your Weekend

Charlottesville is one of the Mid Atlantic’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 that the area has to offer — we promise you won’t regret it.

To plan your visit, check out the links below!

A special thanks to Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, the Official Airport Partner of the Virginia Film Festival.





5. Know the Details

The Festival screens films in several venues, including The Paramount Theater, Violet Crown, multiple sites on the Grounds of the University of Virginia, and other locations. There are various free and paid parking areas available, as well as access to the CTS Free Trolley that travels from the UVA central grounds to the Downtown Charlottesville. Make sure to look over the Venues and Parking page below to minimize stress and hassle in planning your visit!