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Plan ahead; The Mill Valley Film Festival coming in October

Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
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The kids are about to head back to school, the rain will start up and you still need to be entertained. Well, the Mill Valley Film Festival is ready to gear up the thought provoking entertainment in October. Movies are always a fun form of inside entertainment.

The film festival, in its 37th year, will take place over ten days at various venues in the North Bay. This year showings will happen at CinéArts in Mill Valley as well as the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafel, among other venues. The festival will kick off on October 2nd, and wrap up on October 12th.

More than 200 film makers, coming from over 50 countries, are expected to show their films.

Heading to the festival is actually good prep for awards season; Five of the last six films to take home the the Academy Award for Best Picture were screened during the MVFF. Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech, The Artist, Argo and 12 Years a Slave were all seen by MVFF attendees before bringing home the little golden statue. The festival has such a history with the Oscars that the MVFF hosts an annual Oscar night.

Single tickets go on sale to the general public in September, but packages are available for purchase now. The packages range in price from $125 to $5,000. If you are ready to dig deep, $5,000 will get you the ultimate red carpet experience with reserved seating, all-access to the festival and a year-round entrance to member screenings. On the lower end of the scale, $125 will put a 12-pack of movie vouchers in your pocket. Other packages include opening night gala and closing ceremony tickets.