October 17 – 20, 2019 The Festival

About the Festival

The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, D.C. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre venues, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films, and Academy Award contenders.

The festival featured an award-winning film slate once again in 2017 — with 33 Oscar Nominations among the 26 films screened — including 4 Best Picture nominations for the Opening Night film, Darkest Hour; the Friday Spotlight film, Call Me By Your Name; the Saturday Night Centerpiece film, Lady Bird with Best Director Nominee Greta Gerwig in attendance, and Sunday’s Closing Film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. MFF was also delighted to welcome Director Dee Rees (Mudbound), Director Scott Cooper (Hostiles), Screenwriter James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name), Actor Ben Mendelsohn (Darkest Hour), Film Composer Nicholas Britell (Battle of the Sexes, Moonlight, The Big Short), Directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton (Battle of the Sexes, Little Miss Sunshine), and Tom Bernard (Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics).

Annual festival highlights include a Symphony Orchestra Concert honoring a renowned film composer, Master Classes, Panel Discussions, and One-on-One Conversations with filmmakers and industry leaders, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinners, and lots of great Parties!

Festival attendees can also experience the natural beauty, food, wine, and warm hospitality of Middleburg during morning hikes and horseback rides through the glorious Piedmont countryside… at late afternoon wine-tastings at local vineyards... strolling through the historic town… and engaging in casual conversations with filmmakers while enjoying the best of Virginia cuisine at local restaurants.

"Films matter, of course, but so do fun and fellowship. The Middleburg Film Festival has struck a winning balance with all three." – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Who We Are

Meet the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and Strategic Partners - click here.

From Sheila Johnson

I want to personally invite you to join me Oct. 18-21, 2018, to see a carefully curated selection of films in a truly spectacular setting. The Middleburg Film Festival is an exciting opportunity to celebrate two of my favorite things by bringing the best in independent film right here to the town I love.

As an avid filmgoer and film producer, I’ve seen over and over the power of films. Movies have a rare and magical ability to inspire, to educate, to engage and entertain. They lift us up out of our everyday lives, help us see others’ points of view, and build new bridges of empathy and understanding.

This festival showcases independent films selected for their exceptional craft and creativity. These visionary films push boundaries, challenge convention, and often try things no one else has dared to dream.

And where better to host a film festival than Middleburg, Virginia, one of the most beautiful places on earth?

Middleburg has been my home for more than 25 years. I'm honored to give people from all over the world one more reason to visit this very special region. And I’m delighted that the Middleburg community will have the opportunity to experience some truly extraordinary films together.

I hope you’ll mark your calendars and join me on October 18-21, 2018 for another memorable Middleburg Film Festival.

Sheila C. Johnson

Official Festival Venues

All of the festival venues are within a short distance of one another. Read more »

About Middleburg

Upon discovering the village of Middleburg and the stunning surrounding landscape, visitors often draw comparisons to the beautiful English countryside. Home to more than 160 historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Middleburg is known for its natural beauty, history and charm. Click here to read more...

Getting Here

Middleburg, Virginia is conveniently located 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and approximately one hour from our Nation's Capital.

For festival map click here.

For information on Car Rentals at Dulles Airport, visit http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/791.htm

Taxis are readily available at the airport. For more information, visit: http://www.dullesfly.com/ The cost of a taxi from Dulles Airport to Middleburg is approximately $50.

The festival's official filmmaker venue, Salamander Resort & Spa, is set on 340 acres of rolling hills. This year the Festival is proud to welcome Coca-Cola as its Presenting Sponsor.

"Does the Washington area really need another film festival? When it's the Middleburg Film Festival, the answer would seem to be Yes!"
(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

"Middleburg Film Festival debuts with Oscar-worthy line-up"
(Yahoo News)