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The AMPitheatre at Briggs

In partnership with Alma Mater Productions (AMP), the GFF is presenting four nights of programs at the W&M Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre – it’s the AMPitheatre. Please read the venue details below, then check out the films playing at the AMPitheater!

NOTE: Due to current campus COVID-19 restrictions, only members of the W&M community (current students, staff, faculty, and administrators) may attend these programs.

About the AMPitheatre

The AMPitheatre is located at 121 Ukrop Way, through the woods located behind Miller Hall. (Google Map)

Screenings will take place nightly, March 24-27. The gates open at 7:30 each night, and films start at 8:00 PM.

These films are free and unticketed, and admission is first-come, first-served. Only current members of the W&M community may attend. Upon entry, festival staff will scan your TribeLink event pass in your W&M app to track attendance.

Seating will be available in both the existing venue seating and the lawn areas. If you plan to sit on the lawn, you may want to bring a blanket or portable chair to sit in. Seating will be distanced in compliance with current W&M COVID-19 campus regulations (more below).

In the event any of the events below are postponed due to inclement weather, they will be moved to Sunday, March 28 at 8:00 PM.

No food and drink will be sold at the venue. No outside food or drink is permitted.

All guests will be expected to comply with continuing on campus protocols as part of the Healthy Together: A Community Commitment (HTCC) safety rules. In regards to the AMPitheatre, these considerations include:

• Wearing a mask at all times.

• Attending the program and sitting near only existing “close contacts” as defined by the HTCC guidelines. Event staff will enforce distanced seating between guests/parties throughout the venue.

• Contactless check-in – please be ready to show your TribeLink event pass code for scanning upon arrival.

• If you are sick or have been recently exposed to COVID-19, do not attend these events.

Any attendees violating these regulations will be removed from the venue and subject to current W&M repercussions for violating these community safety standards.

Wednesday, March 24 (POSTPONED – DETAILS BELOW)

24 Speed – 2021 Student Film Showcase

Will now take place at 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 27, as a lead-in program before Mandibles.

Produced in partnership with the Reeder Media Center and W&M Libraries, the 24 Speed student filmmaking competition is back… now in its 18th year!

Join us as we kick off the 2021 festival with a collection of short films created by students in only 24 hours. Usually a team project, this year’s contest will task students to complete a solo editing challenge from pre-existing video footage. During this screening the submitted shorts will be premiered and awards will go to the top films as decided by a jury of W&M faculty, staff, and alumni… and don’t forget the crowd-pleasing Audience Award – come out to vote for your favorite film!

Thursday, March 25

Lupin III: The First

Thursday, March 25, 8:00 PM
2019, Japan, 93 min, NR, Japanese with subtitles
Written & Directed by Takashi Yamazaki

A master thief and his underworld companions race against time to uncover the secrets of a dark diary.

Friday, March 26

Promising Young Woman

Friday, March 26, 8:00 PM
2020, UK | USA, 113 min, R, English
Written & Directed by Emerald Fennell

Nominated for five 2021 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

Saturday, March 27


This program will be preceded by the 24 Speed Student Shorts (detailed above) screening at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, March 27, 8:30 PM
2020, France, 77 min, NR, French with subtitles
Written & Directed by Quentin Dupieux

When simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to train it in the hope of making a ton of cash.

This venue is sponsored by
Alma Mater Productions (AMP)

Alma Mater Productions (AMP), the primary campus-wide programming body at William & Mary, strives to provide diverse, high-quality entertainment in a safe, inclusive environment at a low cost to the college community. AMP serves as a resource for the programming, social, leadership and educational needs of all individuals that make up the student body.