Archive of 2009 EVFF Website:

Lincoln, the Civil War, and Memory.

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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. 2009 marks the 200th year since the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Accordingly, the EVFF celebrates the life of this great U.S. president who had family ties in the Coles County area.

Abe Lincoln image


Stop-motion movies created at the November 7 workshop have been posted on YouTube. Click the link below to view them. An official free screening will be held at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library on Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m.


In conjunction with the 2009 Embarras Valley Film Festival, EIU’s Booth Library will stage an exhibit honoring President Lincoln.

Booth Library


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