Virginia Film Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2009 Festival

July 31, 2009 — The Virginia Film Festival returns to Charlottesville in November with a new theme, a new director and an invitation for filmmakers to be part of the action.

New director Jody Kielbasa has announced that the festival is reaching out to local, regional and national filmmakers with a call for entries. Feature and documentary submissions received by Aug. 25 will be considered. All entries must be submitted through Withoutabox. Rates for film submissions will be $45 for the general public, $40 for Withoutabox members, $10 for students and free for Virginia residents.

The 2009 Virginia Film Festival, scheduled for Nov. 5-8 and hosted by the University of Virginia, will be built around the theme of "Funny Business."

The theme, according to festival organizers, will focus not only on comedy in the movies, but also on the various forms of funny business that seem to be so prevalent these days in the worlds of government and finance. While films surrounding this theme will be given special consideration, the festival will consider the work of all interested filmmakers.

"Inclusivity is a big part of my vision and my mission for the Virginia Film Festival," Kielbasa said. "I am particularly interested in engaging the vibrant local film and arts communities, including those in the Charlottesville area and those affiliated with the University. As we move forward, I always want to make sure that this festival is a reflection of the extraordinary community which it represents, and this new feature will help us do that."

For information on the call for entries or to keep up with the latest news on the upcoming festival or the year-round activities of the Virginia Film Society, visit