The Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations to the historic port city of Alexandria, Virginia.

The festival is an intimate four-day celebration of film in Old Town Alexandria, located a few miles from Washington, DC. The Festival highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers. Alexandria is home to a diverse group of film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives, and a large number of culturally-minded individuals. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington metropolitan area who value its arts and history community.

The Alexandria Film Festival proudly promotes and supports the artistry of filmmakers to provide an engaging viewer experience.


Executive Committee

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Margaret Wohler has volunteered with the Alexandria Film Festival since 2007. She has been employed as a park naturalist and illustrator at Huntley Meadows Park since 1995. She loves the outdoors, birdwatching and riding her bike. 

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Patti North

Executive Director

Patti North helped found the festival as Vice Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. As festival executive director, she (mostly) makes sure the bills get paid and forms get filed. If you are owed either one . . . chill. We’re busy making magic.

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dara Sanders

Wine, films, and jellybeans! Not necessarily in that order. Dara has been involved with the Alexandria Film Festival for five years, and she is currently the festival Judging and Programming Coordinator.

eileen bradley

Terrified of flying, turns to movies to travel the world and the universe beyond. Favorite flicks: Farewell My Concubine; Pan's Labyrinth; Volver; Eat, Drink, Man Woman.

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Elisa is a respected graphic design and brand expert obtaining her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is working with the Alexandria Film Festival to develop its visual brand across print and digital platforms. 

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A seasoned broadcast news and public affairs professional, Gayle E. Converse is delighted to research and promote the Alexandria Film Festival (AFF) in her role as board member and media relations coordinator of the AFF.


Alexandria Living Magazine Q&A with Patti North

Read the Alexandria Living Magazine Q&A with Patti North, Executive Director of the Alexandria Film Festival.