For filmmakers, audiences and industry professionals alike, the Mill Valley Film Festival is the perfect environment. Founded in 1978 by California Film Institute director Mark Fishkin, the Festival is well known for the quality of its programming. It has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers' festival by offering a high-profile, prestigious, noncompetitive environment for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema.
Each year, the 11-day Festival sells over 40,000 tickets and welcomes more than 200 filmmakers from around the world. Festival sections include: Active Cinema, World Cinema, US Cinema, Valley of the Docs, Children's FilmFest, and 5@5 (daily shorts programs). Gala celebrations, tributes to actors and filmmakers, workshops, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with filmmakers in the spectacular setting of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a few of the reasons Screen International named Mill Valley a Top 10 US film festival.
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 32nd Festival will take place at the CinéArts@Sequoia and 142 Throckmorton Theatre (Mill Valley) and at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael). For more information, please refer to the Mill Valley Film Festival website, www.mvff.com