October 14 – 17, 2021 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 conversations with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world and regional premieres, first-class foreign films, and Oscar contenders.

MFF 2020 was a hybrid festival -- with films screening outdoors as well as virtually. Films included NOMADLAND, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, MINARI, THE SOUND OF METAL, THE DISSIDENT, BILLIE, 76 DAYS, COLLECTIVE, CONCRETE COWBOY, WOLFWALKERS, SYLVIE's LOVE, and MLK/FBI. Honorees included directors Chloe Zhao and George C. Wolfe, film composer Kris Bowers, screenwriter/director Aaron Sorkin, actors Sophia Loren and Aldis Hodges, and the ensemble cast of MINARI.

To view the full slate of films for past years, visit middleburgfilm.org/films-and-events.

Other special events include "fireside chats" with filmmakers and actors, concerts featuring the work of renowned composers and songwriters, wine or craft beer & conversation at local vineyards and breweries, farm-to-table dinners, and 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… wine tastings at local vineyards... strolling and shopping along historic Main Street … and enjoying delicious cuisine and beverages at local restaurants.

"Middleburg, in a short time, has earned respect on the festival circuit for its relaxed, elegant vibe, sharp programming, and subtle star power." –Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Word is definitely spreading that Middleburg is the place to be during Oscar season. –RogerEbert.com

"…the four-day festival has become one of the most interesting (and influential) on the road winding toward the Academy Awards." –Town and Country Magazine

"This past weekend, the 2019 Middleburg Film Festival wrapped up, marking its seventh of incredible film titles, and putting a laser and insightful focus on filmmakers and diversity." –Clayton Davis, formerly with Awards Circuit, now Variety's Film Awards Editor

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. 14 - 17, 2021, to experience fantastic films in a truly spectacular setting. The Middleburg Film Festival celebrates two of my favorite things through bringing the best in independent film right here to the town I love.

We are planning for the festival to be fully in-person this year. We will be requiring vaccinations and asking that all attendees adhere to the current CDC and State of Virginia Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

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, educate, engage, and entertain. They lift us up out of our everyday lives, help us see others' points of view, and build new and much-needed bridges of empathy and understanding.

The Middleburg Film Festival presents a carefully curated slate of narrative and documentary feature films, selected for their exceptional craft, vision, diversity, and subject matter.

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.

So, I hope you'll mark your calendars and join me October 14 - 17, 2021 for another memorable Middleburg Film Festival.

Sheila C. Johnson
MFF Founder and Board Chair

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 https://www.flydulles.com/iad/rental-cars.

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)