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September 8 - September 11

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until September 8, 2021


Presented by: The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date/Time(s): Wed-Sat, September 8-11, 2021

Seating: General Admission

On-Sale Date(s):

Festival Passes on-sale: Spring 2021

Festival Pass 4-Packs on-sale: Spring 2021


NEW DATE: The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival – previously scheduled for  April 15, 2020, through April 18, 2020 – will now take place Wednesday, September 8, through Saturday, September 11, 2021.

All tickets and passes from the previously scheduled (22nd Annual) festival will be honored by the Virginia Theatre in September, 2021. This includes tickets currently on hold at WILL CALL, print-at-home tickets, and also original printed tickets.

If they prefer, patrons may also request a full refund.

For more information, click here or call the Virginia Theatre Box Office at 217/356-9063.


The 2020 Ebert Symposium Series will be presented as virtual events this fall, bringing together filmmakers and scholars to discuss a variety of issues relevant to the movie industry.

The series, which is free and open to the public, premiered on October 8, 2020, with a panel moderated by Ebertfest co-founder Chaz Ebert and Ebertfest director Nate Kohn. 

See more info on the Symposium Page here.


The College of Media at Illinois presents the 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Wednesday through Saturday, September 8-11, 2021 – at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, IL.

Festival Passes go on sale Spring of 2021

Festival Passes allow access to all 12 (or more) screenings during the four-day event held every year inside the Virginia Theatre as well as related talks and panel discussions held at the Hyatt Place in Champaign and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A limited quantity of 1,000 passes will be made available for this year’s festival.

Passes are $150.00 each, plus a $5.00 service charge (phone/online only). A special 15% discount is also available to festival-goers when they purchase a four-pack, priced at $510.00. Additionally, a small number of U of I Student Passes will be made available this year, priced at $100.00 each.  

For more, visit the festival website here: www.ebertfest.com


Roger Ebert’s Film Festival celebrates films, genres, and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences, and/or critics. These include independent, international, and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals. The festival screens one film at a time, so everyone sees the same films, promoting a strong sense of community among audience members, filmmakers, guests, students, and scholars.

It was founded by Roger Ebert, an Urbana native, U of I journalism graduate, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

As well as pass and ticket sales, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival relies on generous gifts from donors and sponsors. Gifts of all sizes are vital to the festival and can be made as an option among the funding choices at The College of Media’s website: https://media.illinois.edu/giving/give-now.


For more formal sponsorship options, please visit the Ebertfest website: http://www.ebertfest.com/become-sponsor.


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