The Virginia Film Festival is a four-day celebration of the magic of the movies featuring first-run features and timeless classics, high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, and filmmakers from throughout Virginia and beyond. Taking place every autumn at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the Virginia Film Festival has brought the best in contemporary and classic cinema to its audiences for nearly twenty-five years. An array of leading cultural experts lead fascinating lectures and discussions, providing unique insight into not only the world of film, but the world in which we live. A collection of special events throughout the weekend invites the entire community to dive into the art of film in exciting new ways.
The Media Studies Department is focused on the forms and effects of media: books, radio, film, television, photography, print, digital and electronic media.
It is critically engaged with the creative analysis, production, and research into traditional and emerging forms of media. The program has a significant emphasis on digital media through approaches to its history, theory, and technology and their impact upon contemporary life. Subjects of study include: aesthetics and form; individual perception; the history of media; the ethics and effects of media in the arena of policy studies; the social impact of media on public opinion; and the relations between media and the law.
The Niche is a new media project of the Fine Arts Library at the University of Virginia. It consists of a Mac Pro and a sixty-inch HD capable flat screen monitor mounted on a wall in a highly trafficked area of the library. There are a couple comfortable chairs to encourage viewers to sit and take their time as well as several pairs of wireless headphones. Spring 2009 was our first semester of programming, a collaboration with the art department. The project is ongoing so please check back regularly.