Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In the Audience: Virginia Film Festival

In the Audience

Virginia Film Festival

Every November, Charlottesville hosts the Virginia Film Festival where you can see anything from new movies before they are released worldwide to showings of classics like Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The festival is held primarily at the downtown mall, but takes advantage of theaters around that area and UVa as well. 

The perk of being a UVa student for this event is that you can reserve a free ticket for yourself for any of the movies being shown.  I have taken advantage of this both years I have been in Charlottesville for the festival, seeing a movie with my friends and then enjoying other things the downtown mall offers, like dining and shopping.  The lineup of movies changes every year, so check out the Virginia Film Festival’s website to stay up to date on what will be happening this year.

One thing to keep in mind is that the festival is not limited to watching movies.  Many visitors take the time to walk around the downtown mall to see performances from local groups as well as student organizations, such as a capella or theater organizations.  Walking the mall before the film I saw was just as fun as the movie itself and I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this event during their time at UVa or in Charlottesville.

If you want to learn more about the Virginia Film Festival, like what movies will be playing or what special events are going on, or if you want to apply to intern with the festival, check out their website!

And visit Jared Morgan's blog post to find more things to do at the downtown mall throughout the year.

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