Update 12/11/13: Congratulations to Andrew Scott Bell who won the two tickets to John Sayle’s new film “Go for Sisters.” Thank you to Variance Films for the tickets and thanks to everyone for your interest. Check back often for news of other events and happenings sponsored by the Alexandria Film Festival.


The Alexandria Film Festival is a big fan of John Sayles, one of the most distinguished and important auteurs in independent cinema. In cooperation with Variance Films, we are sponsoring a drawing for a pair of tickets to his newest movie, GO FOR SISTERS, for its D.C. opening on Friday, Dec. 13, at the West End Cinema.

To enter our drawing, email: info.alexandriafilm@gmail.com with “Sayles Movie Tickets” in the subject line.We will number all entries and use a random number generator to pick the winner on 5 p.m. Tuesday.Good luck!

Go For Sisters (Theatrical Trailer) http://youtu.be/3HX6t2WwNHs
A tale of the border from two-time Academy Award John Sayles (Lone Star) starring Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, and Yolonda Ross. Coming to theaters December 13, 2013.

2013 Fest is Best Ever!

Alexandria Film Festival 2013 is a wrap! Thanks to all who helped make this the most successful film festival in our seven-year history–the attendees, the filmmakers, our sponsors and our volunteers!

Here are the award winners announced during our Nov. 10 Awards Showcase:

Best of Fest: GRAPE, Daniel Stine

Photo from the film, Grape

Audience Award: DREAM, Betsy Cox

Special Jury Award: HEARTS AND MINDS, Charlie Guillen

Best Foreign Language Film: TA (GRANDFATHER), Kunlaken Mamber

Honorable Mentions:

BABY CHICKEN, Azod Abedikichi



Today’s highlights: NOWHERE SON, 2 p.m. at the Lyceum, with award-winning director San Banarje, and PIED PIPER, 3 p.m. at United Way. Attendees at both events will be entered into a drawing to win tickets to Sunday’s AWARDS SHOWCASE AND CLOSING RECEPTION, a $40 value!

There are still a few tickets available for our evening program at United Way, featuring DREAM, BUTTERFLY DREAMS, and A CONVERSATION WITH BENH ZEITLIN.

And here’s a compelling reason for you to check out tonight’s DARK NIGHT SHOWCASE II, 10 p.m. at the Lyceum, doncha think?

gorilla suit

You can read more about Claire Ensslin’s PEDESTRIAN in the Alexandria Times and Adam Fike’s WALLY’S CORE VALUES in the Sun Gazette. Both filmmakers have local ties to the area, although they left for careers in New York and Los Angeles. Fortunately, both will be on hand to talk about their films at the Dark Night Showcase II. (And Ensslin may or may not have something to do with the gorilla suit.)

Taking the Metro to see our films? Check out this WMATA advisory on scheduled maintenance work on various lines this weekend.

Nov. 8 Update

Special tonight! Come to the Dark Night Showcase I (the first of our two roundups of Mystical, Amusing, Mysterious and Macabre Shorts) this evening and you’ll have a chance to win two tickets to Synetic Theater’s TWELFTH NIGHT and other prizes!

The show is 10 pm-midnight at the Lyceum.

Also, Saturday, we’ll be offering ticket giveaways during the showing of THE NOWHERE SON, 2 p.m. at the Lyceum, and at THE ROAD LED HERE/PIED PIPER, 3 p.m. at the United Way.

….And thanks to all who made our Opening Night at the Old Town Theater last night such a resounding success!

Reminder: All online ticket purchases must be made at least one hour in advance of showtime. After that, you’ll need to purchase them onsite at each venue.

Nov. 7 Update

If you’re heading out to the Opening Night of the Alexandria Film Festival tonight–or to a screening any time this weekend–please note that online ticket purchases end 1 hour before the program begins. Walk-up ticket purchases are CASH ONLY.

Thank you to the Washington Post for this wonderful coverage of our festival!

Nov. 5 Update

More highlights to entice you–a few of our many films that offer an international flavor:

Nowhere Son

The Nowhere Son.  A young physician living in Calcutta will do anything to get his father back when the latter goes missing after refusing to sell his house to the local corrupt politicians. (The director, San Banarje, won the Alexandria Film Festival’s best foreign film award in 2010. He’ll be on hand, as will the lead actress in the film.)

Le Train Bleu (The Blue Train). Paris, Gare de Lyon: A troubled couple stops at a bar to have a drink, little imagining what is about to happen.

"Ta" promotional photo

Ta (Grandfather). To quell her young daughter’s bedtime fears, a mother recounts a story from her childhood. Filmed in Thailand by Alexandria filmmaker Kunlakan Mamber, who will be on hand.

Roter Schnee (Red Snow). A story of a German petty officer and his captor, a Serbian resistance fighter.

Also see Pied Piper in the Highlights section below–an Indian tale that charmed our judges! Check the 2013 films and schedule tabs for more details about these and other foreign films we’re offering, plus times and locations.

Nov. 2 Update

The 2013 Alexandria Film Festival starts this Thursday and runs through Saturday–Nov. 7-10! Check the 2013 Films and Schedule tabs for film descriptions and showtimes. We’ve added a downloadable program here and on the Schedule tab so that you can see the film descriptions and locations in one place. (The alphabetized list of films also has locations added underneath each film to make your movie decisions easier.)

In other news, we have learned that Paul Wilson, father of Casey Wilson, will join us for the showing of ASS BACKWARDS, to discuss the childhood and early career of the former SNL cast member. See the Highlights section below for details about the film. And regrettably, we have learned that filmmaker Vivek Budakoti will not be able to join us for PIED PIPER.

If you’d like a chance to win free tickets to our Opening Night CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY, visit our Facebook page to see the contest rules. And we’ll be giving away tickets to an upcoming Synetic Theater performance–check back for details!

Buy your tickets online using the button at the top right of the page. Tickets for most screenings are $12 in advance /$15 at the door. (Tickets for Sunday’s Awards Showcase/Reception are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Screenings at Beatley Library ONLY are free.)

This year’s festival is the largest in our seven-year history: more than 60 films to venues in Old Town and throughout the city! 


Opening Night Celebration of Food and Sustainability (Sponsored by MOM’s Organic Market) — Six films explore issues ranging from D.C. food trucks to our hot chile fixation to a safe water campaign. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Old Town Theater.

Conversation with Benh Zeitlin (via Skype), director of the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Zeitlin will appear via Skype on Nov. 9 following a screening of his two shorts, GLORY AT SEA and I GET WET. Zeitlin will take questions from the audience as well as those submitted in advance to the Alexandria Film Festival’s Facebook page.

Ass Backwards is a lighthearted comedy co-written by and starring one of Alexandria’s own—T.C. Williams High graduate and SNL alum Casey Wilson. It will have its D.C. premiere at the festival ahead of nationwide release. The film also features Alicia Silverstone and is directed by Chris Nelson.

Spencer is a narrative romantic comedy that follows the travails of Spencer Baum, an aspiring filmmaker trying to make his first movie in Brooklyn. Imagine what Woody Allen would be like if he were 26 in 2013 with a Canon 5D. Director Geoff Lerer plus members of the cast will be on hand for an audience Q&A.

Pied Piper is a satirical folk tale of a simple laundryman rumored to have acquired his donkey’s brain in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine traits, he soon becomes the most popular—and feared—hero of his time. Director Vivek Budakoti and writer/producer Rajita Sharma are traveling from India to Alexandria to field audience questions.

Dark Night Showcase I & II — Late-night screenings at the Lyceum on Friday and Saturday featuring our lineup of mystical, amusing, mysterious and macabre shorts.

Awards Showcase and Closing Reception. Come see the films that judges and audiences selected as their favorites, then stay for the awards presentation and mingle with the filmmakers at the closing reception. (Tickets for this event are $20 in advance/$25 at the door and include the reception.)


We still need volunteers to help out in advance of the festival and at the event itself. If you’re interested in helping out, contact our volunteer coordinator, Marsha.


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We are an all-volunteer organization and depend on the support of our generous sponsors and individual contributors to make our year-round programming possible. Make a gift using our Donate button to the right or contact our fundraising coordinator, Susan, for sponsorship information.