Women’s narratives are underrepresented in the films we see today: Stories about women, told by women. In order to truly portray the world we live in, we need women both in front of the camera and behind it.

Mind the Gap is an initiative of the California Film Institute (CFI) dedicated to achieving gender equity in the film industry and actively working towards closing this gender gap. Inspired by the work of USC Annenberg School researcher Stacy L. Smith, a leading authority on diversity in film, CFI launched Mind the Gap at the 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) to provide a forum and a call to action around the role of women in films and filmmaking.

In 2017, MVFF committed to achieving 50/50 gender equity in films screened at the Festival by the year 2020, and CFI began expanding Mind the Gap across the entire organization in order to provide an inclusive platform for women storytellers and stories, showcase female-forward contributions in all aspects of the film industry, celebrate the dynamic achievements of women in film, and empower future filmmakers.

CFI is proud to be at the forefront of promoting women and diversity in all aspects of storytelling through film. We hope you will join us in our efforts.



Mind the Gap at MVFF40 launched with our first ever MIND THE GAP SUMMIT. The full-day intensive of presentations, discussions, master classes and networking opportunities was led by an extraordinary line-up of key thought leaders and creatives in the film and tech industries. The program included a deep dive into the creative process with director Catherine Hardwicke, a panel with the incredible team behind the film MUDBOUND, and presentations by the filmmakers of recent top female-driven movies. The Mind the Gap Summit examined the intersections between film and tech and what each can learn from the other.

Keep an eye out for announcements about Mind the Gap programs at the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival, October 5th – 15th

Catherine Hardwicke

mind_the_gap_icon_25Look for this icon in the schedule to identify Mind the Gap programs throughout the festival. At 44% of the program, they’re not hard to find!