Become A Sponsor

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival is a special event of the College of Media at the University of Illinois.

We are pleased to acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their sponsorship of the 25th Anniversary of  Roger Ebert’s Film Festival. Without their generous support, the festival would not be possible.

Film Circle Sponsors  |  Platinum Sponsors  |  Diamond Sponsors  |  Emerald Sponsors  |  Educational Sponsor  |  Gold Sponsors  |  Copper Sponsors |  Silver Sponsors  |  Bronze Sponsors  |  Festival Patrons  |  Festival Friends   |  Gifts In Kind  

Film Circle Corporate Sponsors: $15,000+

Champaign County Alliance for the Promotion of Acceptance, Inclusion, & Respect
Shatterglass Studios
College of Media at the University of Illinois
Surface 51
Illinois Public Media: Illinois Soul



Platinum Corporate Sponsors: $10,000+

Betsy Hendrick
Cynthia and Blair Hull
Hendrick House 
Illinois Arts Council Agency


The News Gazette
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Diamond Corporate Sponsors: $6,000+

Big Grove Tavern
President Timothy L. Killeen & Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen 
Illinois Arts Council

Emerald Corporate Sponsors: $4,000+
College of Media Educational Sponsor: $3,000

Ellie & Lou Gross

Gold Sponsors: $8,500+

Betsy Hendrick

Copper Sponsors: $5,000+

Laura Welch & Mike Lundgren

Silver Sponsors: $3,500+

Carol Livingstone & Dan Grayson
Patty & John McNussen
Robeson Family Benefit Fund
Thomas P. Squires

Bronze Sponsors: $1,800+

Rob & Kathy Bauernfeind
Ann Benefiel & Joseph Kunkel
John & Debbie Chipman
Chipman Design Architecture
Brand Fortner
Darrel & Jane Gumm
Jeff Horowitz
Century Client Support
Jim Johnson & Coleen Quinn
Libman Company
Nell Minow & David Apatoff
Eric & Shirley Pierson
Kassie & David Porreca
Nancy Rotzoll
Sharon Shavitt & Steve Zimmerman
Rick & Jeanene Stephens
Gene Zimmerman
Cobalt Digital Inc.

Festival Patrons: $1,000+

Martha & Paul Diehl
Illinois Film Office
Todd Salen

Festival Friends: $300+

Dianna Armstrong
Tom & Regina Galer-Unti
Diane Gotheil
Imagine Maids
Adrienne Hirt & Jeffrey Rodman
Tryolene Ladner
Ed & Nancy Tepper


Carter’s Furniture
Champaign Park District
Columbia St. Roastery
Illini Media/The Daily Illini
Kemper Midwest
Ralph & Joe, Garcia’s Pizza in a Pan
Mike Almli, Stella Artois
The Space
Virginia Theatre
University of Illinois Press




For more information on Sponsorships, please visit our Sponsorship Page or reach out to Molly Cornyn at ebertfest@illinois.edu