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VAFF to Receive $20,000 Grant from NEA for the 2023 Festival

by JennyM on January 17, 2023

Virginia Film Festival to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – January 17, 2023 – The Virginia Film Festival is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000 in support of the 2023 Festival. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as the Virginia Film Festival strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”

“We are honored to be selected for this important and generous grant by the National Endowment for the Arts for the third consecutive year,” said Jody Kielbasa, Director of the Virginia Film Festival and Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia. “The NEA continues to recognize our commitment to using the arts to benefit our community, and their support will enable us to continue our efforts to showcase the power of film to entertain, challenge, provoke, and teach us about ourselves and the world we live in this Fall.”

The Virginia Film Festival is a program of the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.

Plans for the 2023 Virginia Film Festival are currently underway and will be announced at a later date. To learn more about the VAFF, visit

For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit