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44th Mill Valley Film Festival

Mill Valley, California, United States, October 7 to 17, 2021

Call for entries

(Feature, mid-length and short films, all genres)


The Mill Valley Film Festival is currently accepting short and feature length work in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, family films and youth produced.

Initiatives at MVFF are Mind the Gap, which champions gender equity and intersectionality; Active Cinema, a selection of impact-driven documentaries; and Viva el Cine!, a celebration of cinema and cultures from Spain and Latin America.

 Please note that films must be submitted directly to the festival via FilmFreeWay.

  • Competitive: No
  • Entry fees: Yes



Programming emphasizes premieres and new works in categories including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental and children/family.

  • Feature films must be of 50 minutes +, mid-length films must be 31-50 minutes and short films must be less than 30 minutes;
  • Films must have been completed within 15 months of festival dates (after July 1, 2020). Previously submitted works are not eligible for re-submission;
  • Films must have a world, North American and US premieres;
  • Feature-length entries (50 minutes and over) receiving theatrical release, TV broadcast, screening at other California Festivals and venues or are available for purchase on DVD or online (e.g. iTunes, video on demand, etc.) prior to MVFF’s dates will not be considered;
  • Feature-length entries receiving a theatrical or festival screening in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to or within one month following MVFF dates will not be considered for the Festival. Exceptions will be made under special circumstances.



The internationally renowned Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high-profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF (the oldest fall film festival in California) remains committed to film and filmmakers and to offering the highest resources and production elements possible, whatever challenges the world throws our way.

With a reputation for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, MVFF has a knack for spotting emerging talent as well as drawing legendary artists. Known as the filmmaker’s festival, MVFF annually welcomes more than 300 filmmakers and guests from around the world, whether online or in person, and has hosted such luminaries as Nicole Kidman, Barry Jenkins, Laura Dern, Ang Lee, Viola Davis, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Danny Trejo, Pawel Pawlikowski, Brie Larson, Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Sean Penn, Karyn Kusama, Steve McQueen and Greta Gerwig.


Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of a feature film in the Festival for applications to its International Festival participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890