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.

We strongly urge all festival-goers to exercise caution from now until the festival date. The success of the festival is determined by our collective actions and attention. We’re all in this together…thanks in advance!


All MVFF staff, volunteers, and attendees must show proof of vaccination and / or proof of negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of attending at all California Film Institute controlled venues. (See venue notes below).  

All 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.  

Pass-holders will be checked one time at badge pickup. Click here for pickup info.

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

Covid related policies / procedures may vary between non-CFI controlled venues. Please know these in advance of going.


  • Proof of vaccination or negative test required for entry (see Entry Requirements above).
  • Reduced capacity at indoor movie screenings at the Rafael Film Center and Sequoia Theatre, as well as music shows at the Sweetwater Music Hall.
  • Masks are required while indoors.
  • All MVFF staff are fully vaccinated and tested before the festival begins. High touch staff are tested multiple times. 
  • Sanitizing stations and handwashing stations provided at all venues.
  • Cashless transactions.
  • Touch-less ticketing and audience award voting.
  • Increased turnaround time between screenings to reduce crowding.



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? 


When is my last chance to receive the vaccine?

We strongly encourage all guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. In order to be fully vaccinated in time for MVFF, you’ll need to have received your last Moderna or Pfizer (or single Johnson & Johnson) dose by September 30th. 

If you are not yet vaccinated, either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be completed in time for the fest. To do so, please receive your first dose of Pfizer no later than September 16th or your single dose of Johnson & Johnson no later than September 30th.

Where can I get vaccinated?

If you are in California, you can register for a vaccination via My Turn. Alternatively, you can find vaccination options across the country here.

What are the protocols for children?

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

What kind of tests will be accepted?

Acceptable COVID tests include PCR & Antigen tests conducted by a testing center or lab. 

Where can I get a COVID test in Marin?

You can find a testing center here

Where can I get a test outside of Marin?

You can find a testing center here.


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.