At SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

In January 2019, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 17th 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 downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, our films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers delight in seeing award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures.

In addition to these empowering and for some, life-changing films, the Wild and Scenic® Film Festival hosts many of the top filmmakers in environmental and adventure filmmaking today. Such luminaries include Craig Childs, Amy Goodman, Yvon Chouinard, Gary Snyder, Debra Winger, Sir Patrick Stewart, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher, Ron Kauk, Colin Beavan, Julia Butterfly Hill, and Jeremy Jones. Last year, over a hundred filmmakers and activists traveled from around the globe to speak to festival-goers following their respective films and in workshops held in the festival’s activist center.

Following the January film festival in Nevada City, CA, the festival goes on tour and travels to over 160 locations throughout the United States and internationally. Only 2019 Official Selections will be considered for the National Tour; most films selected are fewer than 40 minutes.

Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River Watershed. What began as a grassroots fundraising effort in 2003 for the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in Nevada City, California, this event is now the largest festival of its kind in the US. A favorite among filmmakers and film lovers alike, Wild & Scenic screens only the finest environmental and adventure films and hosts activists, celebrities, filmmakers, and speakers. The event also includes a variety of happenings in town: free workshops, parties, wine tastings, book signings, street events, and art shows. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the beautiful and historic town of Nevada City is a perfect backdrop for this winter weekend of festivities. SYRCL's festival continues on tour throughout the year inspiring individuals to take action and help in the environmental movement.

Eleven "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
Best Children's Film

1. Submission copies must be submitted online. Digital files are the preferred format for screening.

2. PLEASE NOTE: Because we are an environmental film festival, we strive to have sustainable practices. Please do not send printed promo materials with your film. For official selection films ONLY, filmmakers must supply 1-2 high resolution digital promo stills for festival publicity PLUS a trailer for your film. We will notify you by email when we need these.

3. All entries selected into our 2019 festival grants Wild & Scenic Film Festival the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes.

4. If accepted, final screening copies must arrive at the SYRCL office no later than November 30, 2018, 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.

5. Although the utmost care will be taken with every entry, SYRCL is not responsible for the loss or damage of any film.

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

7. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid in the form of Visa, MasterCard, check or money order paid in U.S. dollars.

8. Only films completed after January 1, 2017 will be considered for Official Selection, unless otherwise approved.

Overall Rating
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    Kristin Tieche

    Great festival! I hope to come back again! Thank you Wild & Scenic!

    January 2018
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    Gabriel Diamond

    LOVED this festival. Great films, great community, awesome town(s). They even put us up in a local B&B. The communication was clear, concise, friendly. This is a top notch festival.

    January 2018
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    Alex C Rivera

    Wild and Scenic Film Festival is the perfect place to screening your film, and not only because the Festival itself but also for the commitment that all the team has to carry out a work that really bets on the good audiovisual and artistic work that has relation with the environment and how the human being interconnects with it. The place, the people and the comunity was a total surprise for me. I will attend again when I have the opportunity.

    February 2017
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    Kori Price

    This was a great festival to be a part of. The communication was amazing and they offered a lot of help for filmmakers to attend if your film was selected. We had a wonderful audience for our films and forged a lot of new relationships. We highly recommend submitting to and attending this festival.

    January 2017