Alexandria Film Festival Announces 2018 Schedule

Alexandria Film Festival Announces 2018 Schedule

Four-Day Festival Features Sixty Filmmakers and Seventy Films 


Contact: Patti North



Alexandria -- The 12th Annual Alexandria Film Festival brings more than 70 films to delight, entertain, and inform area film enthusiasts November 8-11. 

The celebration begins Thursday, Nov. 8 with a free program of six short films, screening outdoors at Waterfront Park in Old Town.  The Free Flowing Musical Experience will kick things off at 6:30 p.m., with the shorts beginning at 7 p.m. There will be free popcorn for the first 100 guests.

AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library again serve as the principal venues with more than 60 filmmakers presenting films over the festival weekend.  See full program details at Ticketed shows can be found at for $12 or $15 at the door.  An All-Fest pass is also available for $50 at or $70 at the door.

With more than 50 premieres of short and feature-length films, the festival features films from around the world including Canada, France, India, Lebanon, Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, the U.K., and the U.S.  Local filmmakers will screen new work and several directors, producers, actors and crew will take questions from the audience.

Free screenings at Beatley Central Library are on Friday, Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria.

Ticketed screenings at AMC Hoffman Theater 22 are on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11 at 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria.  Tickets are available at

Highlights include:

Burke and Herbert Bank Family Showcase -- Features five premieres for, by, or about younger viewers and their families, presented by nine filmmakers including the grand prizewinner in the national video contest “Lights, Camera, Save.”

Salute to Service Members Showcase” -- Features four films, including three premieres on Veterans Day Weekend.  We honor our veterans and active service members, who will be admitted free of charge with one guest to this showcase, first come, first served. We can only guaranteed seating through advance purchase online.

● Two “Film Noir” Showcases -- Extend the Halloween chills with these thrillers!

● “Meant to be Broken” -- clever “dramedy” about a mild-mannered guy who has never broken a rule, while he tries to cope with some very bad news by breaking them all.  Q&A following with D.C. filmmaker Jonathan Zuck.

The Makeover” -- a conservative policy wonk learns to embrace his feminine, alter ego, Giselle.  Q&A with Alexandria Filmmaker Jane Pittman and Giselle Donnelly.  World premiere.

● “Hunting Lands” -- A veteran-turned-recluse witnesses the aftermath of a heinous crime and takes justice into his own hands.  Virginia premiere that will keep you guessing!

● “Trickster” -- A man’s life is forever changed when he meets a beautiful young woman who needs help.  A ‘Twilight Zone’ meets ‘Inception’ thriller.  East coast premiere.  Q&A with filmmaker Jamie Paolinetti

● “American Exploitation: The Slaves Among Us” – Investigates sex trafficking in suburban America.  Q&A with filmmakers Benjamin Brothers and John Carter.  World premiere.

● “American Relapse” – An inside look at the heroin epidemic in Southern Florida and the corrupt underground “rehabilitation” industry that sprung up, not to combat but to profit.  Q&A with filmmaker Pat McGee.

● “Iron Orchard” -- Virginia Premiere of an epic rise and fall of a Texas oilman torn between love and ambition.  Q&A with filmmaker Camille Chambers.

The festival concludes with an awards ceremony and closing reception on Sunday.

The Alexandria Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and many generous corporate sponsors including:

  • Burke and Herbert Bank

  • Hilton Hotels of Alexandria

  • Alexandria Gazette/Connection Newspapers

  • Alexandria Hyundai

  • Ted’s Montana Grill

  • Alexandria Living Magazine

  • Wilson Grand Communications

  • AMC Theaters

  • San Antonio Bar and Grill

  • Visit Alexandria

  • Glory Days Grill

  • Booka Looka