Children’s FilmFest at the Mill Valley Film Festival

Tour the world with your family at the Mill Valley Film Festival, celebrating its 21st year of showcasing the finest family films from around the world. The Mill Valley Film Festival runs from October 8-18. Tickets are on sale now!


5@5 DOODLIN’ – SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

  • Sunday, October 11, 11:30am, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
  • Saturday, October 17, 11am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael

I enjoy procrastinating ’cause I’m busy while I’m waitin’, doodlin’ away.” This collection of shorts is a delight for child and parent alike, with live-action and animated films from nine different countries. From the locally produced Artoo in Love to animal animations from Zimbabwe, there’s humor, love, grandparents, and even high-diving giraffes. All films but one are nonverbal or in English. Ages 5+

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THE AMAZING WIPLALA

  • Saturday, October 17, 11am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 18, 11am, Lark Theatre, San Rafael

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids slapstick mixes with heartfelt emotion in this winning family adventure based on a popular Dutch children’s book. Lonely Johannes discovers a tiny intruder who has magical powers. Chaos ensues when “Wiplala” zaps the boy’s family to his own four-inch size but can’t reverse the spell. Ages 7+. Subtitles read aloud.

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A DOZEN SUMMERS

  • Saturday, October 10, 11:45am, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley
  • Sunday, October 18, 11am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael

Twelve-year-old sisters take advantage of an opportunity to make a movie about their lives, bringing the “crazy” people they know, including their parents, friends — and enemies — along for the ride. Their sometimes silly yet wise dad keeps the twins safely grounded through all their adventures in this inventive family comedy. Ages 11+

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THE SATELLITE GIRL AND MILK COW

  • Sunday, October 11, 12:45pm, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 18, 2pm, Lark Theatre, Larkspur

There’s weird magic afoot in a Korean city in this surreal and wonderfully inventive animated fable: Heartbroken Kyung-chun transforms into a cow, the wizard Merlin has been turned into a roll of enchanted toilet paper, and a satellite becomes a metallic girl who visits Earth, lured by Kyung-chun’s love songs.

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SHANA: THE WOLF’S MUSIC

  • Saturday, October 10, 11:00am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 11, 11am, Lark Theatre, Larkspur

Once Shana played violin with her mother, joyfully accompanying their tribe’s celebrations. With her mom’s passing, the magic disappears from her life. Then one day Shana senses the presence of the wolf as she plays her violin. Drawn by her music, it will lead her on a vision quest to her future. Ages 10+

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THE WIZARD OF OZ

  • Friday, October 16, 6:30pm, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley

Poor Dorothy Gale pines for “a place where there isn’t any trouble.” Of course, that’s the movies! The City of Mill Valley, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, and MVFF invite you to bring the whole family to Old Mill Park for a special free outdoor screening of this timeless classic, whose Technicolor magic remains as bright and joyfully surreal as it was 76 years ago.

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AGE RECOMMENDATIONSPlease bear in mind that the age range suggested for each children’s film program is a suggestion only. It may refer only to the film’s subject matter, and cannot adequately address everyone’s sense of appropriate or inappropriate content. Each child is different, and each parent has different standards.

ABOUT SUBTITLES:  To enhance our very young viewers’ appreciation of foreign-language movies, actors will read subtitles aloud of foreign language films recommended for children under 10.