filmHOOD at the Mill Valley Film Festival


Welcome to filmHOOD! The place where filmgoers of every age can come to experience great cinema from around the world. The place where children, teens and young adults are an essential part of the conversation—both on screen and off. Come to filmHood for a carefully curated array of intergenerational, eye-opening programs. It’s a film-for-all!

  • Saturday, October 7, 3pm, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley
  • Monday, October 9, 10am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 15, 4pm, Lark Theatre, Larkspur

"Give my children sunny smile. Give them moon and cloudless sky. I demand a better future." That’s exactly what the kids (or animals) are all striving for in these family-friendly shorts. Ages 7+.

5@5 Future Legend

  • Tuesday, October 10, 11am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 15, 11am, Lark Theatre, San Rafael

Today’s youth filmmakers are tomorrow’s future film legends, and this eclectic and inspired collection showcases some true up-and-coming talent. In a dazzling array of almost two dozen short films, young artists from around the Bay Area and the country (and Turkey!) share their original stories and singular views of the world. Age 12+.


  • Friday, October 13, 12:45pm, Lark Theatre, Larkspur
  • Saturday, October 14, 12pm, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael

Young Swazi orphans are invited to create a story together out of their deep suffering and rich imaginations. Famed South African storyteller Gcina Mhlophe encourages them to envision a character and draw, write, and enact the adventure. They invent Liyana and her dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers from human traffickers. Ages 11+


  • Friday, October 6, begin at sunsetFREE screening, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley

Disney's “Moana,” the tale of a strong-willed Polynesian girl chosen by the ocean to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. She seeks out the legendary demigod Maui. 

The Mystery of Green Hill (Uzbuna na Zelenom Vrhu)

  • Sunday, October 8, 11:00am, Lark Theatre, Larkspur
  • Sunday, October 15, 11am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael

For fans of Stand By Me and the nostalgic flavor of Stranger Things, this charmer celebrates the bonds of friendship, the thrill of the chase, the spark of first love, and the bittersweet reward of doing the right thing even when the answers you find aren’t the ones you sought. Ages 10+

Owls & Mice (Uilenbal)

  • Friday, October 6, 10am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Saturday, October 7, 10:30am, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley

A treat for kids who love nature and for families navigating the tender terrain of grade-school social life. In Dutch with English subtitles read aloud. Age 6+

  • Friday, October 6, 10am, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Saturday, October 7, 10:30am, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley

Revolting Rhymes is based on the book written by Roald Dahl retelling and interweaving five of the six poems.

Age 7+

  • Saturday, October 14, 2:30pm, Rafael Theatre, San Rafael
  • Sunday, October 15, 11:30am, Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley

Dagmar Seume’s picturesque film about a resilient young equestrian and a very special horse is a moving story, punctuated with humor and joy, about family ties, resilience, compassion, and courage.