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.


Masks are required by all patrons, staff, and guests to enter and attend all indoor venues:

  • Masks are required for everyone at all times while indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Presenters and filmmakers/invited guests can remove masks while participating in an “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 highly encouraged in crowded outdoor spaces such as events, lines, entraces & exits.
  • Masks may be removed while eating and drinking indoors in restaurants or lounge spaces serving food and beverage.


  • 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-CAFILM controlled venues. For instance:


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.


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.