How many films are screened each day?

One film is screened on Wednesday, April 19, the opening day of the Festival.
Three films are screened on Thursday, April 20
Three films are screened on Friday, April 21
Four films are screened on Saturday, April 22
One film is screened on Sunday, April 23
All films are screened at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign, IL.

Are there other events during the Festival besides the films?
  • Panel Discussions, Thursday and Friday mornings, April 20-21, at Hyatt Place, 217 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL
  • These events are free and open to the public.


When do passes go on sale? Will they sell out?
Festival passes go on sale November 1, 2016. Get your festival passes early, as they sell out quickly.

How much do passes cost?
Festival passes are $150 plus processing fees of $5, and include all screenings.

How can I buy passes?
The Virginia Theater has generously offered to maintain a waiting list for those who want to buy Festival passes. In the event additional passes become available, those on the waiting list will be contacted by phone or email, according to the order in which they were added to the list (on a first-come, first-served basis). Those on the waiting list will be given the contact information for those unable to use the passes they'd purchased, and the re-sale of the pass(es) will be conducted directly between the seller and the buyer. Any resale of passes should be done at cost, i.e. no scalping or discounting.

Does buying a pass guarantee me a seat at all screenings?
A Festival pass guarantees seating at all screenings. NOTE: Please arrive 15 minutes before each screening, latecomers cannot be guaranteed admittance. Shortly before the film begins, any empty seats will be sold as individual tickets.

How do I exchange my festival pass confirmation tickets for the actual pass?
Confirmation tickets must be exchanged for the actual passes -- the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. Festival passes will be available at the Virginia Theatre box office starting on Monday, two days before the opening of the festival. Identification is required when picking up an Ebertfest pass. Accepted forms of ID include:
-Driver's License
-Student ID
-Credit Card

The box office is open Monday through Friday 12pm-5:30pm. Most people pick up their Festival passes on Wednesday before the opening film.

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When and where can I buy individual tickets?
Individual tickets go on sale April 1, 2017 at 10:00AM Central Time. Individual tickets are sold at the Virginia Theatre. Call 217-356-9063 or visit the box office at 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign, IL. Individual tickets are also available online at

Do some individual films sell out? If so, by when?
Individual films sell out quickly. Get your individual tickets ASAP!

How much do individual tickets cost?
Individual tickets are $15 each. Student/Senior Citizen tickets are $13 each. Students & seniors must present appropriate ID when purchasing $13 tickets.

Is there a limit to how many tickets I can buy?
Up to 4 tickets per film may be purchased at a time; there is no limit to how many films you can purchase tickets for.


We do not accept submissions of any kind. All films are selected from among the films the Festival Committee sees in the normal course of reviewing. There is no submission process or mechanism for us to receive or review submissions. Please do not send us films.

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How can I sign up to get important Festival announcements?
To sign up for news and updates, please email

Are there any accommodations for the hearing impaired at the screenings? Is closed captioning available?
Yes. Assisted listening devices are available upon request at the Virginia Theatre. A single earpiece bud, ear speaker, or neck loop may be used by a patron to help enhance their enjoyment of the film. Devices maybe obtained at the box office before the show, and a personal credit card or driver's license will be held by the theatre staff until the device is returned at the completion of the film. We do not provide closed captioning.

What is the quality of the projection and sound systems in the theater?
We pride ourselves on the quality of our projection and our sound systems. The Virginia Theatre, where all films are screened, is a restored 1,600-seat movie palace. We have turned our 35/70mm Norelco projectors into state-of-the-art machines, and DTS, the sound company, has donated a state-of-the-art 5.1 Stereo Sound System. We installed new speakers in 2002. We bring our world-class projectionist and sound engineer in from Chicago. Among his other credits are the design and installation of the audio and visual systems at the new Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles!

Who hosts the Festival?
Chaz Ebert is the co-founder, executive producer and host of the Festival.


What is the minimum number of hours volunteers can sign up for?
You can volunteer for as little or as much time as you like. It is strictly up to the volunteer and their personal schedule.
Please contact Casey Ludwig if you are interested in volunteering for the Festival.

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