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Why Donate?

Join us today to take advantage of all the Virginia Film Festival has to offer, and rest assured your contribution will inspire future generations of storytellers and film lovers of all ages. By becoming a Virginia Film Festival donor you advance the goals and aspirations of the Festival to celebrate and showcase the power of film. We hope you will join our family of supporters and share in the magic of this important cultural event!

Who We Are

The Virginia Film Festival, now in its third decade, is one of America’s leading regional film festivals, and one of the premiere cultural events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Each year, the VAFF attracts 27,000+ attendances over five days, combining an inspiring and diverse program of films and events with an array of remarkable guests from throughout the entertainment industry and beyond. Our program features some of the most anticipated and acclaimed films of the festival circuit as well as a wide range of features, documentaries, and shorts by filmmakers from around the world and right here in Virginia. Thanks to our home at the University of Virginia, the VAFF is known not just for its films, but also for the meaningful discussions that follow them, often featuring leading UVA academics and cultural experts. 

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.

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Community Engagement

Engaging the community is an integral part of our mission, and your support allows us to maintain a robust year-round presence through education partnerships with area school systems and community participation efforts across the Commonwealth. Our Outreach and Education programs engage thousands of lives each year, and include:

Donor Benefits

We like to thank our loyal supporters by offering them unique access to Festival events, screenings, and visiting artists, ensuring a tailor-made experience of the best the Festival has to offer. Visit our Donor Benefits page to learn more about the exciting opportunities that giving entails.

About Your Donation

All donors of $100 or more will be publicly recognized as Festival donors, unless you instruct otherwise. All donors of $2,500 or more will be recognized as members of the University of Virginia Rotunda Society. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount of your donation. If you wish to decline the membership benefits to receive the full tax deduction, please indicate so by checking the “decline benefits” box on the online form.

For more information, please contact Lizzy Ramey at 434-924-1308 or SupportVAFF@virginia.edu.