The Films of Dick Van Dyke

Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University.  By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

Dick Van Dyke

The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

Festival co-sponsors are Eastern Illinois University’s College of Arts and Humanities; the Coles County Arts Council; City of Charleston Tourism Funds; the Tarble Arts Center, EIU; the Doudna Fine Arts Center, EIU; Charleston Carnegie Public Library; and Booth Library, EIU.



coleman Hall

2011 4th Street on the EIU campus.


Doudna Fine Arts Center

One block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue on the EIU campus.


Tarble Arts Center

2010 Ninth Street on theEIU campus.



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