Thumbs Up for the Roger Ebert Film Festival

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Ebert Film Festival

Throughout his lifetime, University of Illinois graduate and celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert left a mark on cinema. In an effort to recognize films and filmmakers that may have been overlooked by Hollywood, he founded the Roger Ebert Film Festival in 1999.

Though Ebert passed away in April 2013, his legacy and influence lives on through the annual festival, held in Urbana-Champaign at the University of Illinois’ College of Media.

Film producers, writers, actors and directors come to showcase their work each year, and festival-goers attend movie screenings followed by in-depth Q&As with the films’ creators. The event also features speakers, special guests and panel discussions.

This year’s festival takes place April 15-19. For more information, ticket prices and a schedule of events, visit

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