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Red-Hot Ticket: 2014 Virginia Film Festival Drew Record Crowds

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The recently completed 2014 Virginia Film Festival smashed its previous box office record by a remarkable 45.6 percent and set a new mark for tickets issued.

Festival officials announced Wednesday that the 2014 festival, which concluded last Sunday, set all-time records at the box office with $174,946 in ticket sales, topping the previous mark of $120,000, set last year. This year’s festival issued 28,609 tickets and featured 41 sold-out screenings.

“By every conceivable measure, this was a historic Virginia Film Festival,” said festival director Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia, the festival’s presenting sponsor. “We are obviously thrilled with the record-breaking numbers and with the extraordinarily positive feedback we heard throughout the weekend.

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