Archive of 2011 EVFF Website:

Films For and About Children and Young Adults


Current EVFF Homepage


Welcome to the Embarras Valley Film Festival (pronounced “Am-brah”) co-sponsored by Eastern Illinois University’s College of Arts & Humanities and the Coles County Arts Council. The EVFF is a yearly event honoring a person or theme relevant to the Embarras Valley, which encompasses much of East Central Illinois. This year, the EVFF focuses on films by and about children and young adults with a connection to filmmmakers and personnel from the Central Illinois area.

2011 EVFF Films

Martian Child DVD coverMartian Child (2007)  PG

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Thursday, November 10 at 5 pm in the Doudna Lecture Hall, EIU with an introduction by Robin Murray




Hachi DVD coverHachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) G

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Friday, November 11 at 7 pm in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium, EIU with an introduction by Chuck Koplinski




North poster imageNorth (1994) PG
Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus North starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him.

Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 pm at the Charleston Public Library with an introduction by Robin Murray



Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief imagePercy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief (2010) PG
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Saturday, November 12 at 7:00 pm in the Tarble Arts Center Atrium with an introduction by Craig Titley





Doudna Fine Arts Center
One block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue on the EIU campus in Charleston, Ill.

Tarble Arts Center
South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue on the campus of EIU campus in Charleston, Ill.

Charleston Carnegie Public LibrarY
712 6th St, Charleston, IL 61920.


In 2004, the Gregg Toland Day Festival was held in Charleston. It provided the catalyst that became the EVFF. The link below provides information about past events and honorees.

Past Festivals