Ebertfest passes go on sale Nov. 1

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Tickets for the 17th Annual film festival, Ebertfest, will go on sale Nov. 1. The festival, which covers 12 film screenings, will take place at the Virginia Theatre from April 15 to 19, 2015.

The festival has historically been known to show films that have been overlooked, such as independent films and documentaries.  Its goal is to be small enough to create a sense of community and discussion among the audience, according to Mary Susan Britt, associate director of the festival.

“Ebertfest is about furthering Roger’s vision: the celebration and shared enjoyment of great movies as they were meant to be seen by those who made them,” Britt wrote in an email. “This is a rare festival where no business takes place.  No films are bought or sold.  No deals are made.”

According to Britt, the festival aims to educate audiences and create a greater appreciation for serious films and for the arts. It also promotes a wider understanding and tolerance of other cultures, to help make viewers more informed citizens.  

Chaz Ebert and Nate Kohn, festival director, will select films for the festival, along with some that were originally chosen by Roger Ebert before his passing in 2013.

The festival aims to hold true to Ebert’s original vision, Britt said.

There will be 1,000 five-day passes available on Nov. 1, starting at $145.  Tickets to see individual films will go on sale April 1 and will cost $14 per film.  The festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave. in Champaign. Tickets and five-day passes can be purchased through the Virginia Theatre’s box office or on its website.

Katherine Boncher contributed to this report. 
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed a quote to Mary Susan Britt. The quote should have been attributed to Roger Ebert. The quote has since been removed. The Daily Illini regrets the error.