Roger Ebert’s Film Festival

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Champaign, Illinois (Pop. 81,055)
April 25-29, 2012

Roger Ebert’s film festival, originally “Ebert’s Overlooked Festival,” showcases some of the films the celeb critic argues deserve a second chance or didn’t receive attention in the first place. With no awards, no submissions and no competition, this 12-film festival is brief and to the point. Each year a 70mm film and silent film are also shown, both forms Ebert feels are overlooked. The festival is a reminder that great films often need to be sought out.

When to submit: By invitation only
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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. Her top five documentaries are: 1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) 2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) 3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) 4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker) 5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)