Embrace your inner cinephile with a trio of October film festivals.
The humidity is gone. The leaves are changing. It’s the perfect time to... watch a film? It is if it’s in the Virginia countryside and comes with spa treatments and gourmet food. Such is the promise of the Middleburg Film Festival (Oct. 18-21), hosted annually across 340 acres of rolling hills at Salamander Resort & Spa. Last year’s slate earned 33 Academy Award nominations. We recommend the $3,500 all-access pass for reserved seating, Saturday night farm-to-table dinner and gala access and bags of Sheila Johnson-approved swag. If you prefer documentaries, Meet the Press Film Festival (Oct. 7-8) is for you. In its second year, the festival is a collaboration with AFI. Three of last year’s films were nominated for Academy Awards. “People are more engaged than ever and want to dig deeper into issues,” says host Chuck Todd. If you seek talkbacks, master classes and intellectual exchanges with your screenings, try the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival (Oct. 24-27). Attendees can view over 50 historical and contemporary time-based media that engage with the African-American and African diasporic experience. No remotes or sofas needed.