The 35th Annual Virginia Film Festival is November 2-6!

Scene & Heard: The Official Newsletter for the Virginia Film Festival

One More Day Until the Festival Officially Begins!

Tomorrow is the first of five jam-packed days of exciting screenings, star-studded guests, and engaging panels. Don’t worry though, you can still get your tickets throughout the weekend. Here are a few more recommendations and must-see films to fill your schedules with!


Staff Pick: Mama’s Boy

Sunday 11:00 AM | Culbreth Theatre | $12

Dustin Lance Black looks back on his life’s challenges and resilience as well as the events and people who made him into the fervent activist he is today.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will be presented with the Changemaker Award and have a discussion following the film.

Supported by UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Staff Pick: Karaoke

Thursday 8:30 PM | Violet Crown 5 | $14/$12

A traditional middle-aged couple in Tel Aviv have their lives shaken up by a young bachelor who hosts karaoke nights in this twist on the classic coming-of-age genre.

Director Moshe Rosenthal and actor Sasson Gabay will have a discussion following the screening.

Supported by WTJU 91.1 FM


Staff Pick: Saint Omer

Sunday 5:15 PM | Violet Crown 5 | $14/$12

A Senegalese mother is accused and confesses to infanticide but maintains her innocence, arguing that she was under the influence of powerful sorcerous magic at the time.

Grand Jury Prize Winner, 2022 Venice Film Festival

Supported by UVA Global


Staff Pick: Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

Sunday 2:30 PM | Violet Crown 5 | $12

Directors Ben West (Cheyenne) and Aviva Kemper chronicle the fight between Indigenous peoples against the racial and exploitative appropriation of their culture by society at large.

Subject Rhonda LeValdo and Director Aviva Kempner will have a discussion following the film.

Presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

A program of the University of Virginia. Presented by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.