October 20 – 23, 2016 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 environments, 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 2015 -- with 20 Oscar Nominations among the 25 films screened — including the Opening Night film, Spotlight, and the Saturday night centerpiece film, Brooklyn. Carter Burwell, MFF's 2015 Distinguished Film Composer Awardee, is also nominated for his beautiful score for Carol. MFF was also very pleased to present seven films directed by women.

Other special festival events include a Symphony Orchestra Concert Honoring a Renowned Film Composer, Master Classes, Panel Discussions, One-on-One Conversations with filmmakers and industry representatives, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinners, and of course 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. 20-23, 2016, to see some wonderful 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 nearly 20 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 20-23,2016 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)