For over a decade the W&M Global Film Festival has brought the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities together for an annual celebration of film and live performances.
We host the William & Mary Global Film Festival to celebrate and foster a better understanding of film’s place within the world.
The festival takes place annually at the Kimball Theatre and brings world cultures to Williamsburg through film. The festival is a four-day event featuring screenings of international-, student-, and alumni-produced films, live performances, presentations, guest filmmakers, and receptions. All festival events are open to the public.
The Global Film Festival maintains these core goals:
The festival’s ultimate goal is to inspire discovery, learning, and conversation while supporting the cultural appreciation of a regional audience.
This Mission Statement was created by festival founder Tim Barnard and his students in the production of the 2007 Global Film Festival, as initially supported by the W&M Reves Center.
The W&M Youth Filmmaking Institute presents Williamsburg area middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about the filmmaking process and get hands-on experience. The WMYFI program includes presentations and workshops led by William & Mary staff and undergraduate students culminating in a free, public screening of all student group film projects. More information is available at the program website.
During the 24 Speed filmmaking competition, William & Mary students are given 24 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Each team is assigned a required genre, prop, and line of dialogue that must be used in the film. The films that beat the clock and meet the deadline will premiere in a free screening at the Kimball Theatre on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM. Prizes will be awarded to the best films including the Audience Award and the Jury Award.
More information on 24 Speed is available here.