2013 VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL SET FOR NOVEMBER 7-10
Charlottesville, VA – April 16, 2013 – The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it will be returning to Charlottesville for its 26th year from November 7-10, 2013.
The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia.
The 25th Anniversary year of the Festival shattered all previous records in box office, sales, attendance, and sold-out screenings. Ticket sales came in at $108, 043, topping the previous record by 20%. The Festival drew 27,299 attendances, more than 3,000 more than its 2011 record, and the 42 sold-out screenings were up from 27 the previous year.
Highlights from the 25th Anniversary Virginia Film Festival included a special conversation with legendary Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein around a screening of the classic All the President’s Men. The event kicked off the new Presidency in Film Series, presented in partnership with The Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
Once again, audiences were treated to a dynamic mix of films that included some of the hottest titles on the festival circuit, including Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions and Amour, among many others; plus acclaimed indies, cutting-edge documentaries, compelling short films, and an engaging and robust community outreach program. All in all, seven of the films screened at the Festival were nominated for Academy Awards® in 2013. The guest list for the 25th Anniversary VFF, in addition to Woodward and Bernstein, included actor/director Matthew Lillard, actor and Albemarle County native Billy Campbell, actor Keith Carradine (with the locally-produced and directed horror film House Hunting), and musician and filmmaker Boyd Tinsley.
University of Virginia Vice Provost for the Arts and VFF Director Jody Kielbasa and his team are hard at work planning for 2013. “We look forward to building on the remarkable enthusiasm that surrounded our anniversary year,” he said. “We continue to be challenged and inspired by our growing audience and by this remarkable community, and look forward to another outstanding year.”
For more information on the Virginia Film Festival, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.