Marco Starr

OCTOBER

Mill Valley Film Festival

A celebration of the best in independent and world cinema, this high-powered but low-key event always attracts major filmmakers and stars, as well as some of the hottest independent talents in the movies. Thousands of enthusiastic fans attend screenings at various locations in Marin County, just north of San Francisco—they know that the festival has an outstanding track record for including the next big pics in its lineup (Slumdog Millionaire, King’s Speech, and Argo all screened at MVFF before raking in the Oscars). Special tributes also draw top stars; past honorees have included Bradley Cooper, Ang Lee, Geoffrey Rush, and Dustin Hoffman. With its reputation as a filmmakers’ festival, this prestigious noncompetitive event showcases international features, documentaries, shorts and children's films—something for every filmgoer.