Ebertfest passes go on sale this week

Ebertfest passes go on sale this week

CHAMPAIGN — Passes for the 2013 Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on sale starting Thursday.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. Related talks and panel discussions will be at the University of Illinois.

The passes are $145, plus processing; 1,000 passes will be available.

They may be purchased through the festival website or the Virginia website or at the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C. Call 398-2550 for information.

The lineup of films, guests and other events will be announced several weeks before the festival, which is sponsored by the UI College of Media, Ebert's alma mater. Updates will be posted on the festival website. Tickets for individual movies will be available April 1.

Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens.

Ebert, a UI journalism graduate, adjunct professor and Pulitzer Prize winner, will again host the event, along with his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert.

People interested in being a festival sponsor or volunteer may contact Mary Susan Britt, associate director of the festival, at 244-0552 or marsue@illinois.edu.

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