Your safety remains our highest priority as we plan for a festival both in-theater and online. Please review our health & safety policies below.

Please note, the below protocols may change at any time to protect the health and safety of all our patrons, members and staff in accordance with government guidelines and legal allowances.  All guests must comply with all applicable COVID-19 State, County, and Local Laws and Theatre/Venue Requirements.


All attendees must show proof of vaccination for entry to the festival. Vaccinated patrons must present a valid vaccination card, a photo or photocopy of your card, or a digital vaccine record (e.g., my vaccine with a matching valid photo ID. The Clear mobile app is also acceptable with a photo ID. We recommend keeping a photo of your card and your photo ID on your phone for easy access at all times. Acceptable forms of ID for minors are a student ID or library card.

We are permitting submission of the printed or digital record of a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test as an accommodation for those individuals who are unable to take the vaccine, such as individuals who have medical conditions or are ineligible, like minors

In addition, we are requiring and providing COVID-19 tests for all staff and invited guests of the festival (e.g., filmmakers) as an extra measure of safety due to the frequency of interaction with attendees and/ or press. 

Pass-holders that provide proof of full vaccination at badge pickup will not have to provide that proof again for the duration of the Festival, unless the badge is damaged or lost. Click here for pickup info. Pass-holder guests will need to provide proof of vaccination and a photo ID.

Ticket-holders will be required to show proof at every theater and/ or event entry. 

Covid protocols may vary between non-CFI controlled venues. For example:

Masks are required to enter and attend all indoor venues: 

  • With the exception of an on-stage presenter, masks are required for everyone at all times while indoors. 
  • A mask must cover the nose and mouth. 
  • We encourage N95, medical grade, and / or the use of two masks.
  • The mask should fit tightly against the face and should stay on or just below the bridge of the nose (not the tip).
  • Masks are highly encouraged in crowded outdoor spaces such as events, lines, entrances & exits.
  • Masks may be removed while eating and drinking indoors in restaurants or lounge spaces serving food and beverage.


  • Theater concessions will be closed (except bottled water). No outside food & drink are allowed in to support our mask wearing requirement. 
  • We have reduced capacity to help social distancing at indoor movie screenings at the Rafael Film Center (including the Mark Fishkin Room) and Sequoia Theatre, as well as music shows at the Sweetwater Music Hall.
  • All MVFF staff are tested before the festival begins. High touch staff (such as theater operations and events) are tested multiple times. Invited guests (e.g., filmmakers) are also tested prior to attending.
  • Sanitizing stations and handwashing stations are provided at all venues.
  • Box office transactions are cashless via credit card.
  • Ticketing and audience award voting are touch-less.
  • We have increased turnaround time between screenings to reduce crowding.
  • We have adjusted air circulation and filtration at the Smith Rafael Film Center.


When is my last chance to receive the vaccine?

In order to be fully vaccinated, you’ll need to have received your last Moderna or Pfizer (or single Johnson & Johnson) dose two weeks prior to attendance at the festival.

 Where can I get tested?

  • We have partnered with KYLA for staff, guest, and patron Covid testing.
  • For your convenience, rapid antigen Covid testing will be available via KYLA for $95 daily from 3-7PM between Thurs. 10/7 – Sun. 10/17.
  • Testing is behind the Smith Rafael Film Center on the corner of Julia Street and A Street (map below).
  • Testing is first come, first served and you will have results within approximately 20 minutes. This test works for access into the film festival (with photo ID).

What about food and beverages inside the theaters?

Only bottled water will be available for sale at theaters. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. This is to support our indoor mask requirement.

I know you’ve reduced the capacity to 75%. Does this mean you will socially distance people in the theater?

We will not physically block out seats, though we will assist patrons in finding open seats whenever possible. Patrons are encouraged to leave seats between themselves whenever possible.

What are the protocols for minors?

All attendees, including children of all ages, must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test or provide proof of vaccination, if eligible.

Where can I get a test outside of Marin?

You can find a testing center here.

If the festival doesn’t take place because of COVID-19 or other conditions, will I get a refund?

Yes, you will have the option to roll over purchased tickets to the following festival, request a refund, or you can choose to make your purchase a donation to the California Film Institute. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible, and are not refundable or transferable. 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the California Film Institute relies on the support of our members and donors to fulfill our mission of celebrating and promoting film as art and education.

Will the festival refund my ticket(s) if I (or someone in my household) has been exposed to COVID-19? 



An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. By attending the Mill Valley Film Festival, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.

We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have travelled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the California Film Institute relies on the support of our members and donors to fulfill our mission of celebrating and promoting film as art and education.