Fall Arts Preview: Film festivals

This season’s unmissable and Instagram-able arts events.

Washington West Film Festival
Christopher Lloyd at the Washington West Film Festival Back to the Future 30th anniversary event in 2015 / Photo courtesy of Washington West Film Festival

This season’s unmissable and Instagram-able arts events:

Skyline Indie Film Fest
Sept. 7-10

The Winchester Book Gallery hosts the fifth annual Skyline Indie Film Fest, with a lineup of international shorts and feature-length films that steer clear of Hollywood archetypes. // Multiple locations in Winchester

Middleburg Film Festival
Oct. 19-22

An event that typically attracts A-listers (past attendees include Emma Stone, Bo Derek and Bruce Dern), the Middleburg Film Festival is one of those few events at which the D.C. area gets a taste of Tinseltown. // Multiple NoVA locations

Washington West Film Festival
Oct. 25-30

The D.C.-area premiere of “Corridor Four,” a documentary about a first responder who saved more than a dozen people at the Pentagon on 9/11, is one of this year’s highlights at the seventh annual festival. Friday at 7 p.m., actor Robert Duvall will introduce a documentary about record producer Clive Davis’ life titled “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Bow Tie Cinemas. Before the screening, Davis will walk and take questions during The Red Carpet ceremony at 6:30 p.m. // Multiple locations in Reston and Arlington

Alexandria Film Festival
Nov. 9-12

International indie films fill these four days in November, as the Alexandria Film Festival aims to import cultural experiences and issues from around the world. // Multiple NoVA locations

Virginia Film Festival
Nov. 9-12

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Film Festival will pack more than 130 films into a diverse roster and attract some big Hollywood names in the process. // Multiple locations in Charlottesville

(September 2017 Fall Arts Preview)