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 11-day festival, based in Mill Valley, California, offers a non-competitive environment for exhibiting the best cinema from around the world. The 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival will take place October 8-18.
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 welcomes more than 200 filmmakers and 60,000 attendees 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 Rafael, the Sequoia Theatre in Mill Valley, the Cinema in Corte Madera, and the Lark Theatre in Larkspur.
The 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 Award® campaigns. The Bay Area continues to be a significant market for independent and international film, and MVFF consistently provides a forum for introducing new films to West Coast audiences.
Presented by the non-profit California Film Institute whose mission it is to celebrate and promote film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival, year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, and by building the next generation of filmmakers and film lovers through CFI Education, which reaches over 6,500 under-served students in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Mill Valley Film Festival 38 held in 2015 call for entries opens March 1, with a deadline of June 12, 2015.
2013 Sponsored by VIMEO
Audience Favorite – US Cinema: THE BOOK THIEF (Geoffrey Rush, MVFF tribute)
Audience Favorite – US Cinema Runner Up: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Jared Leto, MVFF tribute)
Audience Favorite – US Cinema Indie: THE RETRIEVAL
Audience Favorite – US Cinema Indie Runner Up: REDEMPTION TRAIL (view trailer)
Audience Favorite – World Cinema: PHILOMENA (view trailer)
Audience Favorite – World Cinema Runner Up: ONE CHANCE
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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