2020 DocLands Documentary Film Festival Postponed

In response to recommendations for public health safeguards and the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Film Institute (CFI) has made the difficult decision to suspend all programs at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. In addition to the temporary closure of the Smith Rafael Film Center, we have decided to postpone the DocLands Documentary Film Festival scheduled for April 30 – May 3. 

CFI is committed to being a part of the solution in keeping our community, audiences, artists, and valued employees safe by abiding by the current recommendations from state and city health officials.

We are also dedicated to supporting our filmmakers, and hope to reschedule DocLands at a later date this year. We look forward to being able to showcase the films and storytellers that comprise the exceptional program we have planned for 2020. We will keep you posted as these plans evolve, and we very much look forward to sharing these inspiring films with you.

For our patrons who have already purchased Early Bird Ticket Packages and Passes, the following options are available:

As always, we are available to answer questions from our valued members, supporters, donors, patrons, and filmmakers.

We want to express our deep appreciation of your patience and support for the California Film Institute during this extremely challenging time. This is a dynamic situation and we know we will have to continue to adjust. We hope to be able to share news on how we can gather together again soon in celebration of film. We encourage you to keep connected with us via our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

CFI is always grateful for the generosity of our community, and we thank you for your continued support in sustaining our core programs. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures that we maintain our mission of celebrating film as art and education; especially in this time of crisis.

During these unprecedented times, we need and value our community’s support more than ever before. If you are able, please consider a tax-deductible gift in support of continuing our vital film and education work.

Please take care of yourself and your family. Together, we will get through this.



Mark Fishkin

Executive Director / Founder
California Film Institute