"This year Noah Baumbach presented the opening night film, “Marriage Story,” Sterling K. Brown brought the star power for “Waves,” Anthony McCarten was a fixture for “The Two Popes” and Rodrigo Prieto represented “The Irishman.” And if you’re an awards contender that hasn’t hit the D.C. Metro area yet you were likely there. “Jojo Rabbit,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Knives Out,” “Invisible Life,” “Atlantics,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Honey Boy,” “The Aeronauts,” “Clemency,” “Harriet,” “A Hidden Life,” “Les Miserables,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “The Traitor” and “Parasite,” among others, all screened. If you were a voting member in the DC area you could catch up on a slew of contenders in the context of just one-weekend. Think of it as Telluride for the Politico set.” -- Greg Ellwood, THE PLAYLIST
"It’s time my friends for the Middleburg Film Festival. For readers of the site, you’ll know this is my favorite festival, and this is my fourth year covering it for Awards Daily.” -- Jazz Tangcay AWARDS DAILY
"This past weekend the 2019 Middleburg Film Festival wrapped up, marking its seventh year of incredible film titles, and putting a laser and insightful focus on filmmakers and diversity." -- Clayton Davis, AWARDS CIRCUIT
“A brilliant gathering with all the right films…comforting, stimulating and exciting at every turn.” -- Jeffrey Wells HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE
VARIETY: "MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVALS BRINGS HOLLYWOOD TO VIRGINIA"
Awards Daily / Jazz Tangcay
Oct. 22 "A Beautiful Day for a Chat and Waves"
Oct. 18 Day One: "Middleburg Film Festival Recap
Nov. 3 Noah Baumbach Breaks Down Marriage Story
October 31: Interview with Anthony McCarten
October 1: Waves, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Parasite All Heading to Middleburg Film Festival http://www.awardsdaily.com/2019/10/01/waves-the-irishman-marriage-story-parasite-all-heading-to-middleburg-film-festival/
Greg Ellwood THE PLAYLIST "Middle Festival Season Of The Awards Circuit Is In Full Effect" https://theplaylist.net/awards-season-festival-season-20191021/
Awards Circuit / Clayton Davis
October 23: "Awards: Middleburg Film Festival Cements Best Film Year This Century"
Oct. 21: "The Two Popes Takes Audience Award at Middleburg Film Festival, Willie Gets Documentary Prize
October 22, 2018
“‘Green Book’ wins Audience Award at Middleburg Film Festival, and the Best Picture Oscar could be next”
By Charles Bright
“... a festival that in four swift years, has managed to garner cachet, enthusiasm, and loyalty that other festivals spend decades developing.”
“A festival that is less about red-carpet fussiness than friendliness and unpretentious warmth.”
“In only it’s fifth year, the Middleburg Film Festival has established itself as the best festival in the DC/VA/MD area, and one of the most important stops during the awards season.”
“Nestled amongst the mountains of Shenandoah, Middleburg might lay a strong claim over the most beautiful film festival location out there. It has got a laidback atmosphere perfect for movie lovers who want
to avoid the crowds and enjoy movies in more serene and peaceful surroundings. Despite the fact that it is the newest film festival on this list, it still manages to have a great lineup of films – from the awards contenders to the classics.”
“It’s virtually unheard-of for a festival to be this young, and nab this crop of awards contenders and talent.
@middleburgfilm is magic!”
“Word is definitely spreading that Middleburg is the place to be during Oscar season."
“Even the special events... exhibit great care, exquisite taste and the savviness of a Hollywood insider.”
“Middleburg, Virginia has established itself on the map as a sensational place for film lovers to gather. Thank you, Middleburg. See you in 2017.”
“One could argue that Middleburg Film Festival, held this past weekend in this beautiful Virginia town, is better positioned to become a player in the festival circuit then both Telluride and Sundance were when they began.”
“To bring in three-time Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood and film composer extraordinaire Marco Beltrami shows not only taste but an appreciation for the craft that can get lost in the glitzed out hype of larger festivals. You will likely not see someone like Atwood or Beltrami getting feted at Cannes, let alone in the style and substance that Johnson’s Middleburg team pulled off this year.”
“Its charm and success—marked by ticket sales that surpassed the first year’s—has solidified Middleburg’s status as a film festival that’s kicked off the kids boots and is fully equipped to compete with big boys for years to come.”