The Virginia Film Festival is celebrating a quarter century as organizers kick off a weekend of films in Charlottesville.
The festival is screening more than 100 films this weekend at several locations - some on the downtown mall and some at the University of Virginia. Most of the screenings have panel discussions afterward with directors, actors and community members.
The 25th Virginia Film Festival kicks off at 7:00 Thursday evening with a screening of "Not Fade Away" at The Paramount Theater. Mark Johnson, who won an Academy Award for "Rainman", directed the film. Johnson will be attending the screening.
The opening night gala for the festival is being held at The Jefferson Theater at 9:30 p.m.
Fifteen films are already sold out, but if there is a film you really want to see, you still might be able to get in. Organizers say there are standby lines for sold out films before the screenings.
Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa said, "Ticket sales are incredible this year, we're tracking 20 percent above last year, which was a record setting year and films are selling out quickly so we encourage people to come on down and get your tickets."
Some of this weekend's highlights include family day on Saturday, where all of the events are free, and the Adrenaline Film Project, where participants have only three days to create a film. That screening is on Saturday at 10 p.m. at Newcomb Hall.