Festival Passes

Festival Passes will be available for sale online after June 7th for our September 8-11, 2021 festival. Passes may sell out for this year's festival, so book early! 

The Virginia Theatre box office, 203 Park Ave., Champaign IL (217-356-9063).

Individual Festival Pass: $200 
4-Pack of Festival Passes: $700
University of Illinois Student Pass: $150*

All Festival Passes come with reserved seating. 

These pass costs include all the Virginia Theatre ticketing fees and a $10 contribution to the restoration fund for the theatre. 
*Student passes are only available at the Virginia Theatre. No online or phone sales will be made. Students must present a valid iCard at time of purchase and again when picking up Festival Pass(es).

Ticket Policy

The number of Festival Passes sold is much reduced in 2021. This allows us to block some seats around parties booking together and thereby limit the full attendance of the event for everyone's comfort. Additional seats are reserved for sponsors. Individual tickets may be available from September 1st.  We want to make sure that everyone who wants to attend the Festival – be it for one film or all of them – can be accommodated. We may see limited availability this year, so reserve your seat early!

Ticket Information

  • Films are announced in late July/early August.
  • Individual tickets go on sale September 1, 2021, at the Virginia Theatre (217-356-9063).
  • Ticket Prices: TBD.
  • All the films are shown in the historic Virginia Theatre.
  • A Festival Pass gives you entrance to ALL screenings.
  • Only Festival Pass holders are allowed in the theater between screenings. Make sure you are wearing your passes at all times!

Festival Passes Waiting List

The Virginia Theatre 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 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.

Please call the Virginia Theatre at 217-356-9063 to be placed on the waiting list.

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, September 6th, 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
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Credit Card

The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Most people pick up their Festival Passes on Wednesday before the opening film.

Sold Out Films

If you want to see a film that is sold out, go to the Virginia Theatre Box Office 30 minutes before screening time and wait in the rush ticket line. Shortly before the film begins, any empty seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.