Annual Festivals

The Byrd is open 365 days a year, showing second-run movies except when these screenings are preempted by a special event. Some of the events the Byrd has played host to are…

The VCU French Film Festival Started in 1993 and began calling the Byrd Theatre home in 1996, just completing its 21st festival at the Byrd in 2013. The largest festival of its kind, it draws attendees from all over the world, all of whom remark that the festival is one of a kind, and so is the venue.

International Festivals: Expanding our partnership with VCU, the Byrd has collaborated on two additional international film series and students and faculty have helped produce other events. Plus, the Byrd played host to a growing Chinese film festival for four years. The Richmond International Film Festival has now made the Byrd its home for 3 years.

Other Festivals

  • 48-Hour Film Festival
  • AICP Touring Show of Award-Winning Advertising
  • The James River Film Festival uses the Byrd Theatre for some of their featured events every year, including opportunities to meet exciting entertainment professionals like Mel Stuart, director of Willy Wonka and Academy-Award winning animator, Ray Harryhausen and an appearance by Crispin Glover.