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Why Donate?

We believe that sharing diverse stories and engaging audiences across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the globe to celebrate the art of film while exploring compelling, top-of-mind topics is more important, now, than ever before. Your gift to the Virginia Film Festival will allow us to continue to present a truly special, celebratory, and exciting in-person experience in the heart of Charlottesville, once again.

We are incredibly grateful to the community of supporters that have come back year after year, allowing the Festival to grow in size and scope to meet new demands and challenges, and to remain an essential cultural experience to our local community.

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. Though these programs will look very different this year, and we, unfortunately, will not be able to deliver several of these options, your support will ensure the future existence and success of these programs that are essential to the connectivity of our local community. Our Outreach and Education programs engage thousands of lives each year, and include:

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.

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