Our 11-day celebration officially kicks off with two exceptional Opening Night films and a Gala to remember.







Thursday, October 3, 6:45 AND 7:00 pm

Special Guests: Bruce Dern & Will Forte

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk. 

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Film and Gala: $125. General / $110. Members
Film Only: $60. General / $50. Members
Gala Only: $100. 




Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm 
Century Cinema Corte Madera

Special Guests: Brian Percival, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse

A stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson brings to life the tale of a young German girl, played by Sophie Nélisse, who discovers that stories have extraordinary power to sustain the human spirit. Based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel of the same name.

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Film and Gala: $125. General / $110. Member
Film Only: $60. General / $50. Member

Gala Only: $100.





Join us at Town Center Corte Madera for a sensational party!
Thursday, October 3   •   9:30 pm to midnight


Photo ©Tommy Lau

Enjoy delicious offerings provided by Balboa Café, Big Jim’s BBQ, Champagne Bakery, Il Fornaio, Judy’s Bread- sticks, KIND, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Teacake Bake Shop and The Counter. 

Luscious libations from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company and Northern Sonoma wines courtesy of WIne Road are a perfect complement to the scrumptious spread.

Get your party on to the infectious rhythms of James Henry- Hands on Fire, or groove to the tunes spun by DJs Richard Habib and Marija Dunn. See you there!



Also on Opening Night, MVFF will launch an art exhibition curated by Carly Ivan Garcia and Justin Giarla of White Walls and Shooting Gallery and featuring stunning works by cutting-edge contemporary artists including Akira Beard, Carly Ivan Garcia, Greg Gossel, Greg Haberny, Robert D. Harris, Chad Hasegawa, Ferris Plock, Andrea Stanislav and Justin Orvis Steimer. The exhibition will be open for view throughout the Festival at the Smith Rafael Film Center.