Williamsburg Film Festival to Celebrate 20th Anniversary

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Williamsburg Film FestivalWilliamsburg Film Festival is celebrating its 20th year this week by offering up a stellar lineup of film screenings, memorabilia dealers, panels and autograph signings with celebrity guest stars.

The festival, which was founded by Bill Sasser and a group of friends who shared an enthusiasm for classic films and TV shows, began in 1997.

This year’s four-day festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with celebrity guests arriving the next morning.

Anticipated attendees include big- and small-screen stars of yore, such as Roberta Shore, Don Collier, Audrey Dalton, Ed Faulkner, Jacqueline Scott, Robert Fuller and Terry Moore.

The stars will take part in daily autograph and photo sessions as well as interview panels hosted by film historians.

In addition to the opportunity to meet celebrities, festival attendees will also be able to check out the daily Dealer Memorabilia Room to shop a large selection of posters, lobby cards, stills, comics, 16mm films, video tapes, toys, books, magazines, audio tapes, records, CD’s and autographs.

Each night of the festival will feature live entertainment, with Mike Davanzo, The Virginia Rounders and Russel Williford taking the stage Thursday, Larry Maurice performing Friday and Belinda Gail and R.W. Hampton headlining the dinner show Saturday night.

This year’s festival will take place at the Holiday Inn Patriot Convention Center. Early registration begins at noon Wednesday.

Daily Admission to the festival is $20, three-day admission is $55 and family admission- defined as spouses and children under 17- is $75. Admission to the Saturday night dinner banquet is an additional $25.

For additional information and tickets to the event, click here or call 757-565-2600.