Ebertfest '14 passes go on sale Friday

Ebertfest '14 passes go on sale Friday

CHAMPAIGN — It's that time of year again: Festival passes to the 16th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," will go on sale starting Friday.

The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event, set for April 23-27, 2014, at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. Related talks and panel discussions will be on the University of Illinois campus.

The festival, a special event of the UI College of Media, presents cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors. Chaz Ebert is the festival host and executive producer; Nate Kohn is the festival director.

The passes are $145 plus processing; 1,000 will be available. They may be purchased through the festival website, http://www.ebertfest.com; the theater website, http://www.thevirginia.org; the theater box office at 203 W. Park Ave., C; or by calling the box office at 356-9063.

The lineup of films, guests and other events will be announced several weeks before the festival, and updates will be posted on the festival website.

Tickets for individual movies will be available starting April 1. Admission will be $14 for individual movies, with a $2 discount for students and senior citizens.

The festival was founded by Ebert, an Urbana native, UI journalism alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times. He died April 4.

Those 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.