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Join us for the 21st Celebration of Ebertfest!


What is Ebertfest?

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival was created to celebrate films and filmmakers in  Urbana-Champaign. Founded by Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz Ebert along with the College of Media at the University of Illinois, the annual festival happens every April with twelve film screenings across a four-day period.

This year, Ebertfest will open at the Virginia Theater in Campaign, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and conclude on Saturday, April 13th.

Visit our 2019 Film Schedule page to see which films will be shown each day.


Student Tickets

Students receive reduced tickets with school identification (iCards). Individual tickets will go on sale April 1st. You can purchase your ticket here.

How to Get There

Virginia Theater

203 W. Park Avenue

Champaign IL

The Virginia Theater is at a walking distance from the Illinois Terminal in Champaign. CUMTD routes that include the Illinois Terminal stop and other various stops on campus include:

1 Yellow

2 Red

4 Blue

5 Green

9B Brown

12 Teal


    If you would like more information on bus routes and planning your trip, visit MTD’s website.

    If you have a vehicle and plan to park in Champaign, visit our Parking page.


    Become a Volunteer!

    As a student at the University of Illinois, we need your help! The theater will be packed during the festival and the Virginia Theater staff will need assistance getting everyone to their seats.

    The perks of volunteering include free access to the movies shown at the festival, T-shirts, food, possible celebrity sightings, and an overall enjoyable experience.

    In order to volunteer, volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation session in order to receive a shift. The volunteering orientation sessions are posted in the Volunteer section of the Ebertfest website.

    Visit the Volunteer page to learn more and sign up!