Charlottesville, VA – February 16, 2016 – The Virginia Film Festival will return to Charlottesville for its 29th year from November 3-6, 2016, Festival officials announced today.
The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.
The record-breaking 2015 Virginia Film Festival was highlighted by an extraordinary program that featured an outstanding lineup of special guests including Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, Leonard Maltin, Larry Kramer, and more than 100 filmmakers from around the world.
“We look forward to another exciting year in 2016,” said VFF Director and Vice Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa. “Our outstanding programming, continuing success, and growing reputation around the industry has combined to create a great level of interest and excitement both among our fans and throughout the industry. Add to that the unique appeal of our affiliation with one of the finest universities in America, and you can see how these are exciting times for the VFF.”
Kielbasa also noted that the Festival’s 2016 dates fall amidst what promise to be interesting times for our nation, wrapping up just two days before Election Day. “One of the things we are known for is using the medium of film to explore important and relatable issues, many of which will be central to the election discussion. While we are a long way from finalizing our program, it is likely to once again include films and generate discussions about top-of-mind issues that will likely be at the center of the election discussions.”
The timing, he said, is also fortuitous for those who may by that point be suffering from election fatigue. “There is nothing like escaping to the movies, and with more than 120 films, parties, and special events to choose from, people will have more than enough opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of one of the nation’s premier regional film festivals.”
The Virginia Film Festival will announce its 2016 program on Tuesday, September 27. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 30.
For more information, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.