Virginia Film Festival

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email

November 1, 2007

A little bit of Hollywood comes to Charlottesville this weekend for four days filled with events. The annual Virginia Film Festival kicked off with its official opening event.

"This is a great year to discover the Virginia Film Festival because for our 20th year we've put the spotlight on filmmakers," explained John Kelly. "This whole year is about what this whole festival is about at the very heart of it, which is films."

Twenty years and going strong. The Virginia Film Festival kicked off Thursday night. It's become an annual tradition in Charlottesville that continues to grow every year.

"The fact that they've survived means they're doing a pretty good job here and they attract good films and they built an audience over the years and that's a good audience to start your word of mouth," John Sayles, who is a director.

"I'm impressed with the size and I'm impressed with the quality," said Sean Patrick Thomas, an actor who also graduated from the University of Virginia. "They're getting really good quality people to come here and they have been ever since the beginning."

For many it's not their first time here. Some people we talked to tell us they keep coming back year after year.

"What I really like is the people that speak after the film and the shot by shot," said Elsie Barnd as she waited in line at the Paramount fro the first screening event of the festival. "That's what I like a lot."

More than 50 films will be screened during the festival. There will also be dozens of other events in town showcasing the filmmakers, the writers, the producers, and the actors.

"I think the audiences here are a little different," said Patrick Thomas. "I think the audiences here have more appreciation for artistic merit, depth, things like that."

Tickets for many events are still avaible, some for only $6. For more information, click the Virginia Film Festival's link below.

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