Virginia Film Festival was first started as Virginia Festival of American Film in 1988 and sponsored by the state and UVA. Continuing its original purpose of boosting economy and creating opportunities for local artists, UVA took over the festival to make it an integral part of its academic program. Until 2010, they had chosen a theme for each year’s submissions. Since 2010 they started accepting submissions from all over the world and all genres are welcome. The festival has more than 5 venues and runs as an all-year event with four-day screenings. It’s open to all age groups. On distribution, the festival presents films by established directors, the ones usually already been distributed, and also indie films from newly emerged filmmakers.