The 20th Annual Ebertfest is in Full Throttle With An Appearance By Oscar-Nominated Director Ava DuVernay

The 20th Ebertfest kicked off on Wednesday, April 18 at the College of Media at the University of Illinois, and the festival, in conjunction with the College, hosts a number of on-campus academic panel discussions each year that feature filmmaker guests, scholars, and students.

Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, University of Illinois Journalism graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

Chaz Ebert, Roger’s beloved wife, business partner and fellow film-lover, is the festival co-founder, producer, and host. 

There will be special screenings and panel discussions throughout the four-day festival.

Guests can expect to see screenings of the “13th”, “Belle”, and “Daughters of the Dust” in the 1,500-seat Virginia Theatre, a restored 1920s movie palace, among the five days of film screenings.

The festival highlights will include each of the film’s directors will be in attendance: Ava DuVernay (“13th”), Amma Asante (“Belle”), and Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”). Each director will participate in a panel discussion following the film screening where the audience is invited to ask questions. 

“What an honor to have these Three Queens of Cinema grace our festival,” said Chaz Ebert. “We are really going to celebrate Roger and cinema and the filmmakers and our guests and all that we have shared over these last twenty years. It will be glorious and joyful,” she continued.

For a full film schedule and panel discussions, visit: 

Individual Festival Pass: $150 
4-Pack of Festival Passes: $510
University of Illinois Student Pass: $100*


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