Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival

Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival

Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival, commonly referred to as "Ebertfest," is a film festival held each April in Champaign, Illinois organized by the College of Communications at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic selects films for the festival which in his opinion are excellent, but have been overlooked by the public or by film distribution companies. Unlike typical film festivals it does not accept submissions. All films are selected from those that Ebert sees in the course of his normal reviewing work.

Ebert is first to admit that he can bend the definition of "overlooked" to accommodate any film that he would like to include. Not only individual films can be overlooked but so can genres and formats.

Twelve to fourteen films are presented at each festival which opens with a single film on a Wednesday night and concludes with a single movie the following Sunday with four films each day in between. Before each screening Roger Ebert will make a few introductory remarks. After the film is shown he will have a discussion on stage with the filmmakers or others connected with the film, sometimes hosting a brief panel discussion.