37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

About Virginia Film Festival & This Privacy Policy:

At Virginia Film Festival we are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our visitors. This Privacy Policy governs virginiafilmfestival.org and explains what happens to any personal data that you provide us, or that is collected from you when you visit virginiafilmfestival.org. This Policy may be updated from time to time so please review it regularly.

Effective Date: 8/10/2015

Virginia Film Festival Contact Info:
Email: info@vafilmfeststag.wpengine.com

Personally Identifiable Information

User Accounts:

In order to use certain features of this website, such as registering or signing up for our newsletter, users are required to enter personal information such as names, email addresses, credit cards, and address. We use this information to allow you to register and be contacted about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest. You may have the option to provide demographic information such as interests or profession. We encourage you to submit this information so we can provide you a more personalized experience. Virginia Film Festival is the sole owner of the information collected on virginiafilmfestival.org. Virginia Film Festival collects personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on our website.

Uses of Information:

The website uses both non-personally-identifiable information and personal information to improve the overall Virginia Film Festival website experience, provide relevant and targeted content to website visitors, parents and opt-in subscribers to newsletters, emails, etc. Our website uses non-personally-identifiable information to inform the general public and people who visit our website about Virginia Film Festival’s services and news to improve performance of our website, to understand how anonymous users interact with our website after seeing Virginia Film Festival’s advertisements, to identify and retarget advertisements to past website visitors and to optimize the performance of our advertising campaigns. Our website uses personally identifying information to facilitate communications between Virginia Film Festival and interested parties and to improve the overall Virginia Film Festival parent experience.

Email Communications:

Virginia Film Festival will use your name & email address so that we can contact you via email communications under certain circumstances described in this Privacy Policy.


If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter(s), we will use your name and email address to send the newsletter to you. Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe. Please see the “Choice and Opt-out” section.


Upon interaction with the website and further engagement with newsletters, email lists, etc., we provide you the option to NOT receive Newsletters & Special Promotions and Updates emails from Virginia Film Festival. Submitting your personally identifiable information for certain purposes is completely voluntary when we ask for this information. For example, if you establish contact with us but no longer wish to continue it, you may opt-out by contacting us personally. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by contacting us through our ‘Contact’ page. You will be notified when your personally identifiable information is collected by any third party that is not our service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party. If you do not wish to have your personally identifiable information shared and want to opt-out from receiving further communications from any third party that is not our agent or service provider, please contact that 3rd party directly.

Virginia Film Festival strives to provide the public with relevant, value-added content in the form of advertisements. However we respect the wishes of anyone who does not want to be tracked by 3rd party advertising companies online. Users may opt-out of Virginia Film Festival’s cookie-based online advertising & analytics programs by following the opt-out instructions provided by our advertising & analytics partners here:

You can opt-out of receiving targeted ads served by us: You can opt out of receiving targeted ads served by us or on our behalf by clicking on the blue icon in the corner of the ads we serve or by clicking here. Please note that, if you delete your cookies or upgrade your browser after having opted out, you will need to opt out again. Further, if you use multiple browsers or devices you will need to execute this opt out on each browser or device. If you opt-out we may collect some data about your online activity for operational purposes (such as fraud prevention) but it won't be used by us for the purpose of targeting ads to you.

We also comply with the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising as managed by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). You may opt out of receiving targeted ads from other companies that perform ad targeting services, including some that we may work with as Advertising Partners via the DAA website here.

Please note that when using the ad industry opt-out tools described above:

If you opt-out we may still collect some data about your online activity for operational purposes (such as fraud prevention) but it won't be used by us for the purpose of targeting ads to you.
If you use multiple browsers or devices you may need to execute this opt out on each browser or device.
Other ad companies’ opt-outs may function differently than our opt-out.

To opt-out of the Doubleclick & other Google advertising cookies, please visit the Google advertising opt-out page. To opt-out of analysis via the Google Analytics cookie, please visit the Google Analytics opt-out page.

For more information about which 3rd party advertising cookies may be stored on your browser, including one of our retargeting partners, AdRoll, and how to selectively opt-out of each, please see the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page

Non-Personally-Identifiable User Information

For each visitor to our websites, we collect non-personally-identifiable information including IP address, profile information, aggregate user data, preferences, technical session information, & browser type. This data is used to manage the website, track website usage, provide context for referring traffic sources, and improve overall website performance. This non-personally-identifiable information may be shared with third-parties to provide more relevant services and advertisements to visitors, to understand how anonymous users interact with our website after seeing Virginia Film Festival advertisements on 3rd party websites, to identify and retarget advertisements to past website visitors, & to optimize the performance of our advertising campaigns. User IP addresses are recorded for security and monitoring purposes. If you arrived at our website via a link from another webpage, we may receive aggregate or otherwise anonymous statistical information about your visit to our site. We monitor parent traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the site, and to improve the content of our website to better match the interests of our website users.

Use of Cookies:

Virginia Film Festival uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences and to record session information, such as pages visited, interactions with website features, time spent on the website, language preference, location, & behavior for purposes that include ensuring that visitors are not repeatedly offered the same advertisements, to tailor website content & newsletter communications according to visitor preferences, to serve online advertisements based on past visitors to the website, & to inform and optimize website performance & online advertising campaigns. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site. You may be able to configure your browser to accept or reject all or some cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set — each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. Please note that Virginia Film Festival allows 3rd party advertisers that are presenting advertisements on some of our pages to set and access their cookies on your computer. Advertisers’ use of cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not the Virginia Film Festival Privacy Policy.

Web Beacons:

One or more of our third party advertising partners employ a software technology called Web Beacons, that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Web Beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie the information gathered by clear gifs to our parents’ personally identifiable information.

Ad Servers, Third Party Advertising & Website Analytics:

We do not serve 3rd party advertisements to you while using our website, virginiafilmfestival.org. However, we do work with Website analytics & advertising partners, including Google, Doubleclick, AdRoll, Commission Junction & Facebook, to deliver Virginia Film Festival advertisements on 3rd party publisher websites – these partners may set cookies on your computer’s web browser. These cookies allow our partners to recognize your computer so that the ad server can show you Virginia Film Festival advertisements elsewhere on the Internet, and so that our analytics software can measure your engagement & interactions while using virginiafilmfestival.org. In this way, ad servers may compile anonymous, non-personally identifiable information about where you, or others who are using your computer, saw our advertisements, whether or not you interacted with our advertisements, and actions performed on subsequent visits to Virginia Film Festival.com. This information allows an ad network to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you, and it allows Virginia Film Festival to optimize the performance of our advertising campaigns and the usability of our website. In other words, we use analytics data in concert with data about our online ads that have been shown using the Google Display Network, DoubleClick for Advertisers, or other online advertising networks. Thus, an we can understand how anonymous users interacted with our website after seeing our ads.

This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by Virginia Film Festival and relevant ad serving, website feature, & analytics partners, and does not cover the use of cookies by 3rd party advertisers.

3rd Party Website Features


We use Facebook Like button to enable our website users to easily “Like” content found on virginiafilmfestival.org, and thereby share this content with their Facebook Friends. Please see Facebook’s Data Use Policy for more on the type of data tracked by Facebook via this feature.

3rd Party Service Providers

We use other third parties such as a credit card processing company to bill you for goods and services and an email service provider to send out emails on our behalf. When you contact Virginia Film Festival, we may share your name and email address as necessary for the third party shipping company to maintain contact. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for promotional purposes. We do NOT share, sell, rent or trade personally identifiable information with 3rd parties for their promotional purposes.


virginiafilmfestival.org contains links to other websites. Virginia Film Festival is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site, a user should read the privacy policy stated on that site. Our privacy policy only governs information collected on virginiafilmfestival.org.

Sharing and Disclosure

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, Virginia Film Festival will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary: (1) to conform to legal requirements or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process received by Virginia Film Festival, whether or not a response is required by applicable law; (2) to enforce the Virginia Film Festival Terms of Use Agreement or to protect our rights; or (3) to protect the safety of members of the public and users of our services.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

From time to time, our information practices may change. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement or other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page.

Community and Aggregate Information Security

Virginia Film Festival takes precautions to insure that member account information is kept private. We use reasonable measures to protect member information that is stored within our database, and we restrict access to member information to those employees and staff who need access to perform their job functions. Please note that we cannot guarantee the security of member account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time. For any additional information about the security measures we use on virginiafilmfestival.org please contact us at fun@vafilmfeststag.wpengine.com.

Personal Information Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). We take the same care when we transmit your sensitive information to 3rd Party Services to facilitate your order by using the same SSL technology. To learn more about SSL, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security