*WILD & SCENIC GOES VIRTUAL - Information Regarding COVID-19 and Our Festival*
With the forecast for uncertainty around how COVID-19 will continue to impact larger public gatherings, we have decided to move the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January to a completely virtual platform. The health and well-being of our attendees and community is our priority and we feel this is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety. We are putting all our efforts now into successfully pivoting to a digital event and hope that we can all continue to support each other in sharing powerful and inspiring messages to the world. The opportunities that going digital will offer us include reaching new and wider audiences with Official Selections, incorporating even more filmmaker and guest involvement, and lowering the barrier to an event that in previous years may have been inaccessible to some. Wild & Scenic remains committed to the mission of inspiring activism through film.

Please see our letter to filmmakers with more information and an FAQ, which will continue to be updated (https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/2021-festival-update-for-filmmakers/). We are grateful for your continued support and eagerly anticipate what the future will bring.

(Updated 7/16/2020)

In January 2021, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 19th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with an incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtowns of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California.

Wild & Scenic will feature environmental and adventure films from around the world that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. We welcome shorts and features about nature, community activism, intentional adventure, conservation, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming. Our objective is to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation, all through stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling. Films are curated into themed tracks, which pair projects with complimentary subject matter or ideas to create a cinematic journey for audiences.

Each year, filmmakers and activists travel from around the globe to speak to festival-goers following their respective films for Q&A, in workshops held in the festival’s activist center, and in talks and chats throughout the weekend. There are many opportunities for filmmakers to connect with peers, audiences, and press alike.

While all films will be considered, we are especially interested in films that interpret our theme, "Resilient by Nature." It is a reminder that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. Our theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.

Ten "Yubie" awards are given each year:
Best of Festival
People's Choice
Spirit of Activism
Most Inspiring Adventure Film
Best in Theme
Best Short Short
Jury Award (x2)
Student Filmmaker
John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award

Three Honorable Mention certificates are awarded by our Jury, in addition to a Best Kids Film and Honorable Mention, awarded by our Kids Jury.

1. Submission copies must be submitted online (no DVDs, Blu-rays, DCPs, thumb drives, or other physical media will be considered)

2. All entries selected into our 2021 festival grants Wild & Scenic Film Festival the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes.

3. If accepted, final screening copies must arrive at the SYRCL office no later than November 25, 2020, or the entry will not be included in the festival. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs to the festival. All copies of the films become SYRCL's property unless otherwise directed.

4. Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

5. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

6. Only films completed after January 1, 2019 will be considered for Official Selection, unless otherwise approved.

7. Wild & Scenic does not show works in progress, unless otherwise approved. Works in progress will be considered, but programmers cannot guarantee that any screeners updated after submission will be reviewed. Be prepared to have your original screener be reviewed. Completed projects are preferred.

8. As Wild & Scenic is a fundraiser for an environmental non-profit, we are only able to offer a limited number of fee waivers, and we cannot guarantee them from year to year. As of May 29, 2020 there are no longer fee waivers or discounts available.

9. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that:
-Your film is not subject to any litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation
-You are duly authorized to have this film be screened at the festival
-You have secured the rights to any and all music and/or footage used in the film
-You fully indemnify and hold SYRCL and Wild & Scenic Film Festival completely harmless from any and all claims whatsoever that may arise as a result of usage of submitted materials.

Overall Rating
  • Happy that my film Sniper was selected for Wild & Scenic 2020. I did not attend the festival, but great communication from the team. This is a festival put together by some passionate people and a community. Thanks Team Wild & Scenic.

    November 2020
  • The audience really cares and shows up for the screenings. AND, the organization makes the filmmakers feel like real artists. This was a great experience for us, and we feel validated, inspired and humbled all at once.

    February 2020
  • Very well organized. Fun crowd. Great learning / networking events for filmmakers. Just an overall great festival.

    January 2020
  • Dawn Mayeda

    Impressively organized, great app, wonderful side sessions, events, and art adjuncts. So fun! Also moments of somber depression, but thankfully, focus on activism. What a great group of people this brings together. Can't wait to get it to come to my home town!

    January 2020
  • Well organized. We had a great home stay. Be ready for some "rustic" showings in halls with folding chairs. The main theater is really nice.

    January 2020