It’s been quite the journey, but the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) is finally back in full force for its 45th edition. After pivoting to become an almost entirely virtual event in 2020 in response to Covid-19, MVFF welcomed audiences back to the theater in a limited capacity in 2021. Now, with updated public health and safety guidelines in effect, the festival, running Oct. 6–16, will look and feel a lot closer to how it did pre-pandemic.
Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries. 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. Festival guests also enjoy Tributes, Spotlights and Galas throughout. The relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF, gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative and convivial setting.
For more on the festival check out our coverage below. Looking for a guide to the films? See our full listings here:
Be sure to check out the Marin Magazine sponsored film, the music doc Santos — Skin to Skin. A Mission District legend in his own right, Afro-Latin musician and Grammy winner John Santos as one of the highlights of the festival’s recurring “Viva El Cine” initiative.
See the film October 8, 14th or 16th or watch it virtually.