Gifting a CFI Membership is now simpler than ever.
Purchase a gift membership and your friend or loved one automatically receives 2 free films so they can start their journey as a CFI member.

What do my friends and family get in the gift package?

  • 1 year of membership to the California Film Institute (any level you choose) Click here for a complete list of membership levels and benefits
  • 2 free vouchers to either [email protected] films streaming online, or at the Smith Rafael Film Center.

What does the package look like?

The gift will arrive with a personal message from you, the gift-giver, a description of their new member benefits, and promo codes for two free films (online OR in-theater at the Smith Rafael Film Center). First thing they’ll see inside is a note:     

The California Film Institute – A Gift For You

A ___________________________ Membership
A gift from ______________________________
Personal message:
Enjoy!
Go to cafilm.org for more info on films, events, & your member perks!

Items included are the gift note 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 to 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 package stays enclosed inside.  Mailing typically takes 4-6 business days. 

***IMPORTANT we can not activate gifts at a later time. As soon as you purchase a gift, it will be processed and mailed. Your giftee could begin to receive emails from membership within a week of membership purchase.

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.

*Please note: Discount can only be applied towards a renewal if it is for a current member which has previously received a membership as a gift.

“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.