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Drive-in theater is coming to Williamsburg for W&M Global Film Festival

W&M’s 14th Annual Global Film Festival includes drive-in movies, outdoor screenings and a virtual festival for the first time ever. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Unsplash)

WILLIAMSBURG — A drive-in movie theater is coming to Williamsburg as part of the William & Mary Global Film Festival.

The festival, which is celebrating its fourteenth year, will host drive-in movies, outdoor screenings, as well as a virtual festival for the first time ever, according to the Global Film Festival news release on Wednesday. 

From March 25-28, this socially-distanced festival will hold nightly drive-in screenings at the Palace Farms Drive-in starting at 8 p.m. The films for this year’s fest are sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg. The movies all 2021 Academy Award-nominated films, including “Quo Vadis, Aida,” “Minari”, “Another Round,” and “News of the World.”

Tickets are $25 per car. 

In addition to the drive-in experience, there will also be an online festival featuring more than 30 films along question and answer discussions that will include special guests. With the purchase of a $35 festival pass, Williamsburg cinephiles will be able to watch newly-premiered movies from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, including “Strawberry Mansion,” “Misha and the Wolves” and “Ma Belle My Beauty.” 

The festival will also include critically-acclaimed international films, such as “Collective,” “Night of the Kings,” “Sun Children” and “Dear Comrades!” Films from William & Mary alumni will also be screened, including “Underplayed,” “Unmarked” and “The Passing On.”

The festival will host 20 workshops and conversations with William & Mary alumni, “Watchmen” and “The Good Place” writer Cord Jefferson ‘04, talent agent Phil Sun ‘04, and business executive and author Beth Comstock ‘82.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an additional set of films will be screened for only W&M students and staff. Films such as the Oscar-nominated “Promising Young Woman” and “Lupin III: The First” will be screened for free at the outdoor Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre on campus. 

For more information about the festival and the complete list of movies that will be screened, visit the W&M Global Film Festival website.


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