Your support advances the expression of independent voices of individuals and cultures from around the globe

By joining the vibrant Donor Circle community you will deepen your knowledge and appreciation of independent film through exclusive access and opportunities, while supporting a world-class independent film nonprofit organization.

Your involvement at the Donor Circle level enables CFI to bring internationally acclaimed and up and coming filmmakers and actors to share their stories with our community, provide free programs and free transportation to thousands of diverse Bay Area students each year, deliver tangible results in gender equity in film, support the re-building, maintenance and programming of two historic art house theaters and champion independent filmmakers to make impact nationwide.

In appreciation of your commitment, you will enjoy world class film premieres and receptions, all-access passes, reserved seating, as well as invitations to exclusive events throughout the year.

Invest in the power of storytelling through film today!


"Please count me among your strongest supporters..." 
- Francis Ford Coppola

"Showcasing quality independent films in our own backyard!"
- George Lucas

As a Donor Circle Bronze level supporter, you will enjoy all-access at the Mill Valley Film Festival, invitations to exclusive donor events, year-round member benefits at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and DocLands, with your support going to the sustainability of CFI programs.

The Bronze level is offered in single ($2,750) and dual ($5,500)

BENEFITS

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
●  All-Access to 11 days of films, panels & music shows*!
●  All-Access to Big Nights: Tributes, Spotlights, Centerpieces, Opening & Closing Nights!
●  Access to VIP Opening Night pre-reception
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  First-look VIP reception with Executive Director & Founder
●  Access to Filmmaker Lounges

DOCLANDS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
●  Discounted tickets
●  DocLands member pre-sale ticket access

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
●  Discounted tickets – no online ticket fees for Rafael screenings (Save $1.25 per ticket)!
●  Discounted wine and beer, when available

MEMBER SCREENINGS
●  Invitations to every member screening year-round (minimum of 12)
●  First entry line at theaters

YEAR-ROUND
●  Recognition as a Bronze level supporter in print and on-screen
●  Donor events (Sundance/Cannes/Berlin Insider)

Tax deductible portion (based on average usage) Single $2,609, Dual $5,217
Please check with your tax consultant

*Excludes benefit music shows

As a Donor Circle Silver level supporter, you will enjoy reserved seating and all-access at the Mill Valley Film Festival and DocLands, invitations to exclusive donor events and complimentary access to the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center year-round. Your support ensures that independent cinema continues to thrive in our community.

The Silver level is offered in single ($5,500) and dual ($11,000)

BENEFITS

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
●  All-Access to 11 days of films, panels & music shows*!
●  All-Access to Big Nights: Tributes, Spotlights, Centerpieces, Opening & Closing Nights!
●  Access to VIP Opening Night pre-reception
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  First-look VIP reception with Executive Director & Founder
●  Access to Filmmaker Lounges
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to 15 minutes before showtime

DOCLANDS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
●  Discounted tickets
●  All-access to Films, Parties & Panels!
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to 15 minutes before showtime

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
●  Discounted tickets – no online ticket fees for Rafael screenings (Save $1.25 per ticket)!
●  Discounted wine and beer, when available
●  All-Access to Rafael films & events year-round** – 365 days a year!
●  Invites to exclusive filmmaker receptions

MEMBER SCREENINGS
●  Invitations to every member screening year-round (minimum of 12)
●  First entry line at theaters
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to 15 minutes before showtime

YEAR-ROUND
●  Recognition as a Silver level supporter in print and on-screen
●  Donor events (Sundance/Cannes/Berlin Insider)

Tax deductible portion (based on average usage) Single $5,359, Dual $10,717
Please check with your tax consultant

*Excludes benefit music shows
**Excludes benefits and non-CFI programming

Platinum level supporters are part of the Donor Circle, a vital community, instrumental in sustaining the California Film Institute and its core programs. The Donor Circle are passionate film-lovers who share their belief in the power of extraordinary film. This group has the greatest impact on the organization’s sustainability and programs and receive substantially increased and exclusive access to CFI events.

As well as the prior-level benefits, Platinum donors enjoy reserved seating held until showtime, invitations to three private receptions with talent at the Mill Valley Film Festival, access to VIP areas on Opening and Closing Nights, and complimentary popcorn at the Smith Rafael Film Center.

If you are interested in becoming an instrumental donor to the California Film Institute at the Donor Circle Platinum level, please contact Liana Bender at 415-526-5838 or cfi@cafilm.orgYou can also CLICK HERE to send us a note regarding your interest.

BENEFITS FOR TWO

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
●  All-Access to 11 days of films, panels & music shows*!
●  All-Access to Big Nights: Tributes, Spotlights, Centerpieces, Opening & Closing Nights!
●  Access to VIP Opening Night pre-reception
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  First-look VIP reception with Executive Director & Founder
●  Access to Filmmaker Lounges
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Three private receptions with talent at MVFF (Academy Award® track films, esteemed filmmakers)
●  Access to VIP area at Opening Night and Closing Night parties

DOCLANDS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
●  Discounted tickets
●  All-access to Films, Parties & Panels!
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
●  Discounted tickets – no online ticket fees for Rafael screenings (Save $1.25 per ticket)!
●  Discounted wine and beer, when available
●  All-Access to Rafael films & events year-round** – 365 days a year!
●  Invites to exclusive filmmaker receptions
●  Complimentary popcorn at the Rafael (20 complimentary cards)

MEMBER SCREENINGS
●  Invitations to every member screening year-round (minimum of 12)
●  First entry line to member screenings year-round – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime

YEAR-ROUND
●  Recognition as a Platinum level supporter in print and on-screen
●  Donor events (Sundance/Cannes/Berlin Insider)

Tax deductible portion (based on average usage) $24,377
Please check with your tax consultant

*Excludes benefit music shows
**Excludes benefits and non-CFI programming

Investor level supporters are part of the Donor Circle, a vital community, instrumental in sustaining the California Film Institute and its core programs. The Donor Circle are passionate film-lovers who share their belief in the power of extraordinary film. This group has the greatest impact on the organization’s sustainability and programs and receive substantially increased and exclusive access to CFI events.

As well as the prior-level benefits, Investor donors enjoy personally chosen reserved seat placement in the theaters, a sponsored film or event, photo opportunities with high profile filmmakers, and complimentary concessions and beverages year-round at the Smith Rafael Film Center.

If you are interested in becoming an instrumental donor to the California Film Institute at the Donor Circle Investor level, please contact Liana Bender at 415-526-5838 or cfi@cafilm.org . You can also CLICK HERE to send us a note regarding your interest.

BENEFITS FOR TWO

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
●  All-Access to 11 days of films, panels & music shows*!
●  All-Access to Big Nights: Tributes, Spotlights, Centerpieces, Opening & Closing Nights!
●  Access to VIP Opening Night pre-reception
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  First-look VIP reception with Executive Director & Founder
●  Access to Filmmaker Lounges
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Three private receptions with talent at MVFF (Academy Award® track films, esteemed filmmakers)
●  Access to VIP area at Opening Night and Closing Night parties
●  Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings

●  Choose a film to support at MVFF, DocLands, or year-round
●  Photos with filmmakers at your chosen film, where available

DOCLANDS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
●  Discounted tickets
●  All-access to Films, Parties & Panels!
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
●  Discounted tickets – no online ticket fees for Rafael screenings (Save $1.25 per ticket)!
●  Discounted wine and beer, when available
●  All-Access to Rafael films & events year-round** – 365 days a year!
●  Invites to exclusive filmmaker receptions
●  Complimentary concessions at the Rafael (candy/soda/wine/beer)
●  Behind the scenes tour by Executive Director and Founder

MEMBER SCREENINGS
●  Invitations to every member screening year-round (minimum of 12)
●  First entry line to member screenings year-round – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings

YEAR-ROUND
●  Recognition as an Investor level supporter in print and on-screen
●  Donor events (Sundance/Cannes/Berlin Insider)

Tax deductible portion (based on average usage) $49,377
Please check with your tax consultant

*Excludes benefit music shows
**Excludes benefits and non-CFI programming

Leadership level supporters are part of the Donor Circle, a vital community, instrumental in sustaining the California Film Institute and its core programs. The Donor Circle are passionate film-lovers who share their belief in the power of extraordinary film. This group has the greatest impact on the organization’s sustainability and programs and receive substantially increased and exclusive access to CFI events.

As well as the prior-level benefits, Leadership donors enjoy support of a Big Night at the Mill Valley Film Festival or DocLands, a private dinner with filmmakers / film talent, reserved parking at parties and receptions, red carpet photos with talent throughout the festival and Opening Night tickets to donate to a charity auction of your choice.

If you are interested in becoming an instrumental donor to the California Film Institute at the Donor Circle Leadership level, please contact Liana Bender at 415-526-5838 or cfi@cafilm.orgYou can also CLICK HERE to send us a note regarding your interest.

BENEFITS FOR TWO

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
●  All-Access to 11 days of films, panels & music shows*!
●  All-Access to Big Nights: Tributes, Spotlights, Centerpieces, Opening & Closing Nights!
●  Access to VIP Opening Night pre-reception
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  First-look VIP reception with Executive Director & Founder
●  Access to Filmmaker Lounges
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Three private receptions with talent at MVFF (Academy Award® track films, esteemed filmmakers)
●  Access to VIP area at Opening Night and Closing Night parties
●  Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings
●  Photos with filmmakers at your chosen film, where available

●  Choose a Big Night film to support at MVFF, DocLands, or year-round
●  Private dinner with filmmakers/film talent
●  Reserved parking at parties and receptions, where available
●  Red carpet photos with talent, where available

DOCLANDS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
●  Discounted tickets
●  All-access to Films, Parties & Panels!
●  First entry line at theaters – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
 Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
●  Discounted tickets – no online ticket fees for Rafael screenings (Save $1.25 per ticket)!
●  Discounted wine and beer, when available
●  All-Access to Rafael films & events year-round** – 365 days a year!
●  Invites to exclusive filmmaker receptions
●  Complimentary concessions (candy/soda/wine/beer) at the Rafael
●  Behind the scenes tour by Executive Director and Founder

MEMBER SCREENINGS
●  Invitations to every member screening year-round (minimum of 12)
●  First entry line to member screenings year-round – Line A
●  Reserved seating with RSVP – held up to showtime
●  Personally chosen reserved seat placement at screenings

YEAR-ROUND
●  Recognition as an Investor level supporter in print and on-screen
●  Donor events (Sundance/Cannes/Berlin Insider)
●  Donate a pair of DocLands or MVFF Opening Night tickets to a charity auction of your choice
●  Biography in Quarterly CFI Impact Newsletter (if requested)

Tax deductible portion (based on average usage) $99,377
Please check with your tax consultant

*Excludes benefit music shows
**Excludes benefits and non-CFI programming