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The 2nd Annual Victory International Film Festival will be in Downtown Evansville September 9 – 11, 2021. Our three day walking festival celebrates film and the community of Evansville.

Attendees can expect red carpet events, panels and workshops from industry experts, special screenings, premieres, and films from around the corner to around the world. Filmmakers are in competition for one of our 19 awards and honors including our Audience Award which will be decided at the festival by attendees!

Tickets are $15 for the Opening Night Celebration, $10 for Friday or Saturday, or $25 for a three day pass and can be purchased on our ticket page.

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Our festival begins with an Opening Night Celebration at the Victory Theatre. Doors will open at 6pm and tickets will be available for pick-up or purchase. Walk the carpet and get your photo taken in front of our festival backdrop, then enjoy a cocktail, beverage, or concessions before the show. The main event will begin at 7pm in the Victory’s historic 1900 seat theater. Following an introduction by Festival Director Patrick Higgs, twelve of the festival’s best short films will be shown that cover a wide range of genres to give the audience a taste of the selections being shown at this unique community event. An After Party at Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE 1st St) will follow where you can relax, enjoy one of Evansville’s best micro-breweries, and speak with a filmmaker or two!

Our Registration and Headquarters at Encounter Church will open at 4pm on Friday the 10th. Guests can pick up or purchase their passes at this location, which also serves as one of our screening rooms. The Films will roll at 5pm at our three locations: Encounter Church (317 Main Street), Innovation Pointe (318 Main Street), and Old National Public Theatre (Two Main Street).

On Saturday, Headquarters will open at 9am in preparation for screenings that begin at all of our locations at 10am. Screenings will cease at all locations at 6pm, but the day does not end there. All guests of the festival are invited to attend our Awards Ceremony at Encounter Church at 7pm. See who wins one of our nineteen awards, including the Audience Award which is decided by YOU!

Hours of Operation

Opening Night Celebration

The doors at the Victory Theatre (600 Main Street) will open at 6pm on Thursday, September 9. Tickets will be available for purchase or, in the case of pre-sales, pick-up at the ticket windows. Festival Passes are not for sale at the Victory during the Opening Night Celebration, only tickets for the Thursday night event. See the Tickets & Passes section below for more information. An After Party will follow the event at Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE 1st St).

Friday, September 10

Our Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 11am. Passes & Credentials will be for sale or pick-up at that time. Screenings at Encounter Church, Innovation Pointe, and Old National Public Theatre will begin at 5pm. See our Full Schedule below for exact times and titles for each location. Screenings will end at 10pm. An After Party will follow the event at the Riverwalk Restaurant (6 Walnut Street).

Saturday, September 11

Our Headquarters at Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will open at 9 am. Passes & Credentials will be for sale or pick-up at that time. Screenings at all of our locations will begin at 10am. Screenings will end at 6pm with our Awards Ceremony beginning at 7pm at Encounter Church. An After Party will follow at Casa Finale (420 SE Riverside Drive).

Tickets & Passes

Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration, 1 day, or 3 day passes can be purchased on the tickets page. Anyone that pre-buys a ticket to the Opening Night Celebration, or a 3-day pass, will pick up a ticket at Will Call at the Victory Theatre on Thursday, September 9.

Locations

Find out more about each location below, or view all locations on Google Maps.

Our Opening Night Celebration will be at the Victory Theatre (600 Main Street) on Thursday, September 9. Walk the red carpet beginning at 6:00pm with the event beginning at 7:00pm. Single night tickets to the celebration are available through Ticketmaster. More information on ticket options is available by clicking on “Tickets” in the menu bar above. Tickets bought through Ticketmaster will be available at the ticket window, all VIP and multi-day credentials will be available from festival representatives in the lobby.

Victory Theatre - 600 Main Street
Victory Theatre - Stage Set for Evansville Philharmonic

Encounter Church (317 Main Street) will serve as our base of operations for the festival. While not open on Thursday, September 9, registration will be in the first floor lobby on Friday and Saturday. You can purchase passes and pick up your credentials at this location only. In addition we will be using the second floor space as one of our screening rooms.

Encounter Church - 317 Main St.
Encounter Church - Reception Area

The Old National Public Theatre inside the WNIN Public Media Center (Two Main Street) features a 48 seat cinema style theatre, stadium seating, and Christie Cinema Digital Projection. It will serve as one of our screening rooms on Friday and Saturday.

WNIN - 2 Main St.
Old National Public Theatre in WNIN

Located in the heart of Downtown Evansville, Innovation Pointe (318 Main Street) is a high-tech business incubator managed by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville. We are using the Media Suite on the 1st Floor as a screening room on Friday and Saturday. In addition, we will have our panels and workshops in the MakerSpace located in the basement on Friday evening and Saturday.

Innovation Point - 318 Main St.
Innovation Pointe 1st Floor Media Suite

After our Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, September 9, come join us at one of Evansville’s finest micro-breweries – Myriad Brewing Company (101 SE 1st St). Located in the historic McCurdy Building, it is the perfect setting after our evening in the historic Victory Theatre. With 12 taps and a selection of wine and spirits it is the perfect venue to talk film, network, and enjoy the night!

Myriad Brewing Company - 101 SE 1st St.
The bar at Myriad Brewing Company.

After our events on Friday, September 10, come join us at the Riverwalk Restaurant (6 Walnut Street). Locally owned and operated by the Acropolis restaurant duo Doros and Ellada Hadjisavva, it’ll be the place to be for food, drinks, and networking.

Casa Finale (420 SE Riverside Drive), a cornerstone of Evansville’s beautiful downtown Historic District, will serve as the back-drop for our final event of the festival. This is sure to be a great way to wrap-up this exceptional event.

Event Map

We have designed our festival to highlight our Downtown District – a vibrant and convivial environment for residents and guests to Evansville. By spreading out our locations we hope that attendees will appreciate all the area has to offer. Use the map below or our interactive map on Google Maps to navigate between our screening rooms and event locations.

2021 venue map

Transportation

Evansville is an active ride share community with drivers for Uber and Lyft. Just download the app on your smart device to secure a ride. Evansville also has multiple taxi services but must be booked in advance by phone or their website. Google “Evansville Taxi Service” to see options.