Mill Valley Film Festival 2021: Photos and Highlights


MILL VALLEY, CA – It’s a wrap! Believe it, festival-goers. Once again, the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has come and gone from the San Francisco Bay Area.

But wait! Not so fast! Let’s first take a look at the 44th edition of the acclaimed film festival which boasts a long-standing reputation for launching new films and creating a buzz for awards season. (See photos below.)

Famous for its intimate urban setting and international vibe, the film festival kicked off this year’s festivities on Thursday, October 7 with the California premiere of a romantic musical, Joe’s movie “Cyrano,” Wright on Love and Panache, based on Edmond Rostand’s famous 1897 play. The film stars Peter Dinklage as the eponymous French nobleman facing a romantic dilemma.

Throughout the 11-day hybrid (virtual and in-person) event, presented by the California Film Institute, a series of tributes and spotlights also celebrated outstanding artists including Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh, Denis Villeneuve, Paolo Sorrentino, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Simon Rex.

Mind the Gap (MTG), MVFF’s platform for inclusion and equity, held its annual summit, featuring first-time directors Halle Berry (“Bruised”), Rebecca Hall (” Passing “), Maggie Gyllenhaal (” The Lost Daughter “), and Nana Mensah (” Queen of Glory “).

The festival ended on a high note with the West Coast premiere of an eclectic film, “The French Dispatch”, Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism, starring Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Timothee Chalamet.

In conclusion, MVFF founder and director Mark Fishkin summed up this year’s film festival: “My intention for the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival was to create a safe and vibrant festival that entertains and responds to the universal need to be. bring together and share stories about our common community. After 11 days, 125 films and over 23,000 guests, I can say unequivocally that the hopes for this year’s festival have come true. ”

Check out photos from the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival below.


Highlights in photos from MVFF 2021


Dakota Johnson arrives at the screening of “The Lost Daughter” at the Smith Rafael Film Center on October 16, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Director Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Lost Daughter” arrives at the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival on October 16, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Actor Paul Mescal (left to right), director Maggie Gyllenhaal and actress Dakota Johnson arrive at the screening of “The Lost Daughter” at the Smith Rafael Film Center on October 16, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Ruth Negga attends the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival screening of “Passing” at the Smith Rafael Film Center on October 14, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Director Rebecca Hall of the movie “Passing” attends the 2021 Mill Valley Film Festival at the Smith Rafael Film Center on October 14, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

“Dune” director Denis Villeneuve attends the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival at the Outdoor Art Club on October 13, 2021 in Mill Valley, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

“Women Is Losers” actress Lorenza Izzo attends the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival at Smith Rafael Film Center on October 8, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Director Kenneth Branagh of the movie “Belfast” arrives at the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival on October 15, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

“Women Is Losers” director Lissette Feliciano attends the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival premiere at the Smith Rafael Film Center on October 8, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Actor Steve Park arrives at the closing premiere of
Actor Steve Park arrives at the closing premiere of “The French Dispatch” at the Outdoor Art Club on October 17, 2021 in Mill Valley, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

Actor Simon Rex attends the 44th Mill Valley Film Festival for “Red Rocket” at Smith Rafael Film Center on October 9, 2021 in San Rafael, California. (Jonathan Shensa / MVFF)

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