Want to gift your friend a CFI Membership? There’s nothing to it!

Click here for a complete list of membership levels and benefits.

What’s Inside?

The gift will arrive within two gold envelopes. First thing they’ll see inside is a note with this:     

The California Film Institute – A Gift For You

A ___________________________ Membership
A gift from ______________________________
Personal message:
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Items included are the gift note, free popcorn voucher, membership card and a list of membership benefits.

How does it get mailed?

You will have the option to mail it directly to the gift recipient or yourself. If you choose to mail it to your address, we will place the gift in a larger envelope addressed to you, so that the sealed gift stays enclosed inside.  Mailing typically takes 8-10 business days. Unfortunately, we do not offer an email gift option at this time.  

Why give this gift?

Give a California Film Institute gift membership today and share the magic of film all year long! Your friends will be glad to know that their gift is also a contribution to a non-profit arts organization that keeps the Arts community thriving in the Bay Area, as well as supports our mission to celebrate film as art and education through our many programs. Your gift will be either partially or fully tax deductible, depending on level. The receipt with Tax ID will be emailed to you.

For questions or to purchase by phone, contact Membership at 415-526-5869

Gift membership purchases are non-refundable. If the giftee is currently a CFI Member, then their membership will be extended for an additional year.

“The Rafael has been beautifully restored and has now become a magic house for cinema.”
– David Lynch, writer-director

CFI Memberships support CFI Education programs, the Chrisopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, the Mill Valley Film Festival and DocLands Documentary Film Festival  |  The California Film Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit.