The internationally renowned Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high-profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF (the oldest fall film festival in California) remains committed to film and filmmakers and to offering the highest resources and production elements possible, whatever challenges the world throws our way. In 2020, that meant offering the best and most secure online platform for our screenings, and creating a professional, DCP-compliant Drive-In for 10 days. We are approaching 2021 with the same commitment to quality and openness to opportunity as we plan for our celebration of new cinema at MVFF44.
With a reputation for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, MVFF has a knack for spotting emerging talent as well as drawing legendary artists. Known as the filmmaker's festival, MVFF annually welcomes more than 300 filmmakers and guests from around the world, whether online or in person, and has hosted such luminaries as Nicole Kidman, Barry Jenkins, Laura Dern, Ang Lee, Viola Davis, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Danny Trejo, Pawel Pawlikowski, Brie Larson, Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Sean Penn, Karyn Kusama, Steve McQueen and Greta Gerwig.
MVFF accepts short and feature length work in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, family films and youth produced. Festival selections include fiction and non-fiction films both domestic and international, features and shorts, with an emphasis on premieres that are launching into the US market.
Initiatives at MVFF are Mind the Gap, which champions gender equity and intersectionality; Active Cinema, a selection of impact-driven documentaries; and Viva el Cine!, a celebration of cinema and cultures from Spain and Latin America.
The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film by presenting the annual Mill Valley Film Festival and DocLands Documentary Film Festival, exhibiting film year-round at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through CFI Education. For more information please visit www.cafilm.org or call 415.383.5256.
In conjunction with its gender equity initiative Mind the Gap, MVFF became a signatory to the international 5050x2020 Pledge, initiated at Cannes, in 2018.