Arts and Culture

Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville: November 5-8

The Virginia Film Festival is here in Charlottesville, Virginia, from November 5-8. The festival is an annual event celebrating its 28th year. This year, the festival is hosting its Downtown Headquarters at the new Violet Crown Cinema, a dine-in style theater.

Special guests coming to the 2015 festival include Academy Award-Winner Oliver Stone, legendary animator Bill Plympton, and Meg Ryan,

Along with these stars come some incredible films, such as Ithaca, the directorial debut of Meg Ryan. This film was filmed in Virginia. Also filmed in Virginia is Mercy Street, a PBS series set in a Union Army hospital in Alexandria, Virginia in the spring of 1862 in the early days of the Civil War.

Another festival favorite returning to Cville this year as part of the festival is Family Day, located on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at U.Va.. This event occurring on November 7th includes free screenings of Pixar Short Films and the family favorite Babe, free arts-inspired workshops, and even a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.

All in all, the Virginia Film Festival will feature more than 125 films over four action-packed days. In addition to people who make movies, the festival also welcomes people who make history like Larry Kramer, who wrote the famous AIDS play and television movie The Normal Heart and who founded historic AIDS based action groups like the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP.

For more information or to order Virginia Film Festival tickets visit

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