Coming off of a year of record-breaking attendance, the Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, has announced its 2010 dates and has signaled a major change in its programming. The 23rd Annual Virginia Film Festival will run form November 4-7, 2010, in Charlottesville.
Commenting on the change in this programming this year, Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa, said the following in a statement: “This year we have decided to begin a new tradition in that the Festival will not feature an overarching theme. This is a decision we made after careful consideration and extensive consultation with faculty, students, our advisory board and festival patrons and participants. I am particularly excited about this new format. It allows us to do something that is central to my vision for the festival moving forward. That is, it allows us to look at film through a contemporary lens, and continually engage our audiences in contemporary issues and topics. The other thing it allows us to do is expand the festival’s cultural and intellectual reach by exploring a wider variety of themes. I envision addressing various issues through series of sidebars and programs that allow us to dive into topics using the vast resources we have at the University, the rich cultural traditions here in Charlottesville and throughout Virginia, and our deep connections throughout the film industry.”
For more information on the Virginia Film Festival, check out the fest’s website here.