Mill Valley Film Festival
|Mill Valley Film Festival|
|Location||Mill Valley, California, United States|
|Hosted by||California Film Institute|
The Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual, non-competitive film festival presented by the California Film Institute. Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the annual festival, based in Mill Valley, California, offers a non-competitive environment for exhibiting independent and world cinema.
Founded in August 1978 by MVFF Director Mark Fishkin, the Festival has established an impressive track record for launching new films and the careers of new filmmakers and is well known for the quality of its programming. As the only prominent fall film festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mill Valley Film Festival is also an important industry resource — both for its emphasis on films that have not yet secured US distribution and for fall launches and northern California Academy Awards campaigns.
In October 1977, Mark Fishkin and fellow film buffs Rita Cahill and Lois Cole organized a three-day film festival. It featured three film tributes, Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People and George Lucas' Filmmaker. "We did a very innovative program that I would not be embarrassed to repeat today," Fishkin said. The first official festival took place in August 1978.
About the festival
The San Francisco Bay Area continues to be a significant market for independent and international film, and MVFF provides a forum for introducing new films to West coast audiences. The festival has attracted international movie stars like Gael García Bernal and Helen Mirren, as well as Hollywood actors like Forest Whitaker, Tim Robbins and Billy Bob Thornton.
Each year, the 11-day festival sells over 40,000 tickets and welcomes more than 200 filmmakers from around the world. Festival sections include the Official Premiere Selection, World Cinema, US Cinema, Valley of the Docs, Children’s FilmFest, 5@5 (daily shorts programs) and VisionFest (programs embracing cutting-edge filmmaking and technologies). The festival also features tributes to acclaimed filmmakers, like screenwriter Eric Roth. Screenings are usually held at the Christopher B Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafel, the Sequoia Theatre in Mill Valley and the Lark Theatre in Larkspur.
The Mill Valley Public Library maintains a collection of films in both VHS and DVD format from past years of the Mill Valley Film Festival, selected with the assistance of Zoe Elton, director of programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival: Zoe's Picks. Films can be checked out for one week and renewed for one additional week.
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