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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Masks are required by all patrons, staff, and guests to enter and attend all indoor venus.

  • Masks are required indoors for everyone unless actively drinking or eating.
  • Presenters and filmmakers/invited guests can remove masks while participating in “on stage” conversation.
  • A mask must cover the nose and mouth.
  • We encourage KN95, 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 encouraged in crowded outdoor spaces such as events, lines, entrances & exits.
  • Masks may be removed while eating or drinking indoors in restaurants or lounge spaces serving food and beverage.

COVID-19 SAFETY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.

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.

OTHER HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • Sanitizing stations and hand-washing stations are provided at all venues.
  • Ticketing and audience award voting are touch-less.
  • We have increased turnaround time between screenings to reduce crowding and congestion in theater lobbies.
  • We have adjusted air circulation and filtration at the Smith Rafael Film Center.
  • Covid protocols may vary between non-CFI controlled venues. For instance:
    • The Sweetwater Music Hall requires attendees be fully vaccinated including at least one booster shot or negative Covid-19 test result taken within 24 hours of entry to the event.
    • BAMPFA strongly recommends patrons wear a mask. The venue does not require proof of vaccination.

FAQs

Is the Festival requiring proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative Covid-19 test?

  • We are not requiring patrons or guests show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to participate in Festival screenings or events. We do require our staff be fully vaccinated or provide negative PCR or antigen Covid-19 tests on a continuous 72 hour basis when working on-site.

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?

Is the Festival restricting capacity in venues?

  • Our in-theater screenings and events will be operating at 100% capacity.

Will the Festival sell concessions at theater venues?

  • Yes, concessions will be available. Concessions are not available at BAMPFA.

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? 

Yes.

COVID-19 SAFETY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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.

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.