Become a Sponsor

The community of festival sponsors is vital to the success of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Sponsor contributions account for approximately fifty percent of the festival’s operating budget.

Sponsors are eligible to receive great benefits as part of their donation to the festival.  This includes VIP passes, reserved seating inside the Virginia Theatre, invitations to private events and parties, promotional opportunities (online and print) and many more.

Festival BrochureClick here to download the sponsorship brochure

Contact Casey Ludwig at ludwig2@illinois.edu to learn more and discuss sponsorship opportunities.

The festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) event of the University of Illinois College of Media.  A portion of your gift is tax-deductible.

Ready to give now?

Online:

http://media.illinois.edu/giving/give-now
Choose “Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Fund” (under "Priority Funds")

By Mail:

Make check payable to UIF/Ebertfest and send to:
Gregory Hall
c/o: Ebertfest/Casey Ludwig
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

FILM CIRCLE: $25,000+

  • Sponsor of one Overlooked film
  • Logo on website
  • Up to 8 VIP passes to all screenings
  • Mentions on all social media platforms
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name in local newspaper ads
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Display inside Virginia Theatre
  • Lunch and dinner in Green Room with Chaz and film guests
  • Logo in Festival program
  • Logo projected at all screenings
  • Reserved seating in Virginia Theatre
  • Full page ad in Festival program
  • Name on poster
  • Name on website

DIAMOND SPONSORS: $10,000+

  • Up to 8 VIP passes to all screenings
  • Logo projected at all screenings
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name on poster
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Name in Festival program
  • Lunch and dinner in Green Room with Chaz and film guests
  • Logo in Festival program
  • Name on website
  • Reserved seating in Virginia Theatre
  • Logo on website
  • Full page ad in Festival program
  • Name in local newspaper ads
  • Display inside Virginia Theatre
  • Mentions on all social media platforms

PLATINUM SPONSORS: $5,000+

  • Up to 4 VIP passes to all screenings
  • Logo projected at all screenings
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name on poster
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Name in Festival program
  • Lunch and dinner in Green Room with Chaz and film guests
  • Logo in Festival program
  • Name on website
  • Reserved seating in Virginia Theatre
  • Logo on website
  • Full page ad in Festival program
  • Name in local newspaper ads
  • Display inside Virginia Theatre

GOLD SPONSORS: $2,500+

  • Up to 3 VIP passes to all screenings
  • Logo projected at all screenings
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name on poster
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Name in Festival program
  • Lunch and dinner in Green Room with Chaz and film guests
  • Logo in Festival program
  • Name on website
  • Reserved seating in Virginia Theatre
  • Logo on website
  • 1/2 page ad in Festival program
  • Name in local newspaper ads

SILVER SPONSORS: $1,500 to $2,499

  • Up to 2 VIP passes to all screenings
  • Logo projected at all screenings
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name on poster
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Name in Festival program
  • Lunch & dinner in Green Room with Chaz and film guests
  • Logo in Festival program
  • Name on website
  • Reserved seating in Virginia Theatre
  • Logo on website
  • 1/4 page ad in Festival program
  • Name in local newspaper ads

PATRON: $750+

  • Up to 2 festival passes to all screenings
  • Name on poster
  • Invitation to Gala Opening
  • Name in Festival program
  • Invitation to Post-Festival Reception
  • Name on website
  • Name in local newspaper ads 

FESTIVAL FRIEND: $500+

  • 1 festival pass to all screenings
  • Name on poster
  • Name in Festival program
  • Name on website
  • Name in local newspaper ads

FESTIVAL ASSOCIATE: $250+

  • Name in local newspaper ads
  • Name on poster
  • Name on website
  • Name in Festival program

GIFTS IN KIND

  • Name in local newspaper ads
  • Name on poster
  • Name on website
  • Name in Festival program

Sponsorship