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1. Browse Films

The 2021 VAFF will feature over 50 screenings, special events, tributes, and discussions. 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 panels to dynamic conversations and special events, the VAFF 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 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 30, 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 Tuesday, October 5. 

2. 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.

Ready to head to the box office now? Visit our TICKETS page for box office locations, hours, and much more. 

3. 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!



4. Know the Details

The 2021 VAFF will present films in theaters at The Paramount Theater, Violet Crown, and Culbreth Theatre as well as our Drive-In Movies location at Morven. 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!



For questions about our Drive-In series, please visit our Drive-In Movies FAQ page.

If your question is not answered below or if you require further assistance, please reach out to the VAFF team at info@vafilmfeststag.wpengine.com.

5. COVID Protocols

Masks will be required for all VAFF events held at indoor venues, regardless of vaccination status. In compliance with The Paramount Theater’s policy, VAFF events at The Paramount will require proof of vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event, along with a photo ID.

Please visit our COVID-19 POLICIES page for more information.

6. Enjoy Your Festival

Whether you’re attending one of our Drive-In Movies or return to theaters with us, we truly hope you enjoy this year’s festival! We strive to be a festival that matters – a cultural experience that goes far deeper than the movies we screen and that consistently and intentionally forges connections both within and between our communities, all while facilitating conversations around the most important issues of our time. We are thrilled to be able to continue this mission even in such unprecedented times, and we appreciate your support. See you at the movies!