A charity film festival is coming to Reston next week.

The Washington West Film Festival will take place from Thursday to next Tuesday (Oct. 24-28) at various venues around Reston, offering patrons a chance to watch the works of upcoming filmmakers on the big screen and contribute to a charitable cause.

The festival will kick off with a “Star Wars Red Carpet” event at Bow Tie Cinemas (11940 Market Street) at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. Tickets are free and admission is open to the public.

Since this event celebrates Anthony Daniels, attendees are encouraged to dress in costume as C-3PO — the humanoid robot Daniels’ played. There will be a prize for the attendee dressed in the most gold.

The charity festival was founded in 2011 by Brad Russell, according to the festival website. The festival gives all of its profits to charities, which differ from year to year. This year’s charity recipients are not listed on the website yet.

This year’s festival will feature around 30 films, ranging in genre and length. A schedule of showings and tickets can be found online.

Photo via Washington West Film Festival


"The Force Awakens"/Credit: Starwars.com

The long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially opens Friday (though many rain-soaked fans in Reston attended showings from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday).

Bow Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center has no shortage of showings. Purchase advance tickets online on Bow Tie’s website or your favorite movie app.

Here is the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • 6:20 p.m.
  • 8:50 p.m.
  • 10:30 p.m.


  • 10:00am
  • 11:40 a.m.
  • 1:20 p.m.
  • 3:50 p.m.
  • 4:40 p.m.
  • 7:10 p.m.
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • 9:40 p.m.
  • 11:10 p.m.

Photo: “The Force Awakens”/Credit: Starwars.com


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