by Natalie Steinberg
The Virginia Film Festival (VFF) is hosted by the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The festival is usually held in October or early November and was first hosted in the late 1980’s. The purpose of this event is to stimulate economic development by encouraging film production in Virginia, therefore increasing tourism.
In 1996, the University decided to make the Virginia Film festival a basic part of its academic program under the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The festival also expanded its year-round programs, such as a very lively film society that presents films and guest speakers to the public. One of the new directors of the program was Jody Kielbasa in 2009. Jody, in his first year as a director of VFF, guided the festival to record breaking attendance. He was appointed the second Vice Provost for the Arts in January 2013, and as of now, is still part of the festival.
Between the years of 1990 and 2009, VFF chose a different theme each year for the film program. This year will mark the 28th anniversary of the Virginia Film Festival. A lot of the selections range from Hollywood premiers to documentary, classic, and experimental videos.
The VFF came to Charlottesville on November 5th through the 8th of this year, and will return again next fall.