Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) in 1977, Mark Fishkin has grown this once small, three-day showcase into an eleven-day, internationally-acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world in an engaged, community setting. The festival not only has an impressive track record of launching new films and filmmakers, but has earned a reputation for celebrating the best in American independent films and foreign films along side high-profile, prestigious award contenders. Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers representing more than 50 countries, and screening sections include World Cinema, US Cinema, Valley of the Docs, Children’s FilmFest, a daily shorts program, and Active Cinema – MVFF’s activist films initiative. The relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative, convivial setting.
About the California Film Institute The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival, as well as year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, film distribution by CFI Releasing, and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through the CFI Education program.