Passes are now on sale for the popular film festival held at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre. The pandemic prompted its move from April
The College of Media at Illinois proudly presents the 2021 Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Wednesday through Saturday, September 8 to 11, 2021, at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
2021 Festival Passes go on sale Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10am
The greatest value, Ebertfest Passes allow access to all 12 (or more) movie screenings during this 22 year-old, four-day event held annually at the Virginia Theatre, with additional talks and panel discussions appearing at sites around Champaign-Urbana and on the University of Illinois campus.
The final list of film titles and guests will be announced in August.
A limited quantity of festival passes is made available in advance of each festival, with individual tickets to the film titles going on sale September 1.
Festival Passes are $200.00 each, with no additional fees. A special discount is also available to festival-goers who purchase a four-pack of adjacent seats (with no gap seats between them), priced at $700.00. UIUC students may purchase a pass for $150 (requires valid UIUC Student ID).
Something new this year: Ebertfest will be a Reserved Seating event, with patrons able to choose their own seats.
Reserved Seats will be for the run of the event. In other words, an Ebertfest pass guarantees the patron holding it a single, identified seat for the duration of the festival. The patron’s seating information will be printed on a decal attached to the festival pass.
Ebertfest 2020 – scheduled for its traditional late April timeframe – was cancelled due to the pandemic. In August 2020, organizers announced it would return in September 2021.
Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions may be found here.
Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, University of Illinois Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.
Chaz Ebert, Roger’s wife, business partner and fellow film-lover, is the festival co-founder, producer and host.
While Roger passed away in April 2013, his influence on the Festival continues. True to Roger’s vision, the films screened during event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors.
The Festival brings together the films’ producers, writers, actors and directors to help showcase their work. A filmmaker or scholar introduces the films, and screenings are followed by an in depth on-stage Q&A discussion among filmmakers, critics and the audience.
For more, visit www.ebertfest.com