Roger Ebertâ€™s Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that havenâ€™t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.
Ebertfest takes place in Urbana-Champaign each April. Chaz Ebert, Rogerâ€™s beloved wife, business partner and fellow film-lover, is the festival host.
The Festival brings together the filmsâ€™ 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.
Ebertfest is a special event of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, and the festival, in conjunction with the College, hosts a number of on-campus academic panel discussions each year that feature filmmaker guests, scholars and students.
All the festival films screen in the 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre, a restored 1920s movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection. A portion of the Festivalâ€™s income goes toward on-going renovations at the theatre.
For more information visit http://www.ebertfest.com/index.html