About

The Global Film Festival is presented by the College of William and Mary with the support of the William & Mary Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies and the Roy R. Charles Center. Launched in 2008 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Williamsburg Theater, the festival is held annually during Presidents’ Day Weekend at the historic Kimball Theatre in Colonial Williamsburg. For more about the goals of the Global Film Festival, read our Mission Statement.

Programming includes a pre-festival series of five films, which are introduced by William and Mary faculty, as well as screenings of international and student-produced films. The Global Film Festival takes pride in encouraging the development of student filmmakers, and initiatives this year include our Student Short Film Competitions and the DIY/FIY project. An array of special events and invited speakers also provide the community with exciting opportunities to engage in the festival experience. Check the Programming section of our site for details about this year’s schedule.

The festival seeks to recognize film projects that exhibit unique international creative vision and that contribute in some way to international understanding, collaboration, positive change, and good will. W&M Global Film Cans are presented to selected filmmakers and filmmaking teams for exceptional collaboration and achievement in global film production.  Read more about this honor here.