The 33rd Virginia Film Festival is offering free student passes to all of the festival's virtual events through the Art$ Program. All full-time undergraduate and graduate University students are eligible to request a virtual all-access pass to VAFF's events, which will be held Oct. 21-25.
The deadline to request a VAFF student pass is this coming Monday, Oct. 19 at noon. After the request form has been submitted, the student will receive an email within five days containing a discount code that will grant free access to all of the festival's virtual events, including all virtual screenings and exclusive conversations with visiting industry professionals such as Ethan Hawke and Leslie Odom Jr.
Although the student virtual all-access pass does not include access to drive-in screenings, socially-distanced drive-in screenings will take place at the Dairy Market in and Morven Farm. Tickets will be sold per vehicle with a limit of five passengers per car.
As past festivals have had screenings across the Charlottesville area, this year’s virtual format will be more physically accessible for students without transportation, creating the perfect opportunity for screenings in dorms or apartments. The festival announced that it would shift to a primarily virtual format in July due to “the evolving COVID-19 situation.”
Despite this year's virtual format, students can still get involved in VAFF by engaging with University faculty through the festival's programming. Studio Arts Professor Federico Cuatlacuatl will return to VAFF as a guest programmer to present a series about transborder blackness and indigeneity in Mexico, while Media Studies Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan will moderate a post screening discussion for the 10th anniversary of the film “The Social Network.” Students can also connect with VAFF and keep up to date on entertainment news by following the festival on Twitter and Instagram.
“Right now, the arts are so limited and we, as a film festival, feel grateful to have been able to pivot in the way that we have,” said VAFF Communications Coordinator Grace Bowie. “Getting involved, viewing the virtual program and engaging with these discussions and films is a great way to access the arts right now that might not be available for other mediums.”
To find out more information about ticketing, access to events, safety and the full festival schedule, students can visit the festival’s website at virginiafilmfestival.org.