*Information Regarding COVID-19 and Our Festival*
Wild & Scenic Film Festival staff are in the early planning stages of our 2022 event. We are hopeful that an in-person or hybrid virtual + in-person event will be possible. If an in-person event is unable to be held for any reason, we will pivot to a virtual festival rather than postpone or cancel. Updates will be posted here as more information becomes available and further decisions are made.

(Updated March 1, 2021)

In January 2022, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 20th 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, "Currents of Hope". The theme speaks to momentum toward a brighter future, where we envision a hopefulness that is grounded in real and measurable action, constantly moving us forward like the mighty rivers that are the lifeblood of this planet. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and as Wild & Scenic reflects on our own milestone with 20 years of inspiring activism, we are excited to tap into our roots as an event that benefits our own local watershed. "Currents of Hope" celebrates a vision of a healthy, thriving planet regenerated by the unstoppable flow of compassionate communities who share in this dream. 

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 2022 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, 2021, 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, 2020 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.

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
  • Well organized and excellent communication from the festival. A great opportunity to get films out to a broad community--once your film is accepted there is an option for it to "tour" and be screened at various satellite wild & scenic festivals nationally. So many high quality films at this iconic festival that speaks to a diverse set of issues in today's conservation activist movement.

    February 2021
  • Marina Dodis

    I had a great experience being part of the festival, it is very well run, the filmmakers are very well treated and the audience is very engaged! I am so glad my film was selected.

    January 2021
  • Ellie Stones

    An awesome festival with a really strong conservation focus. Really well put together into a virtual platform, run by an amazing team of people. So glad I got to have my film screened!

    January 2021
  • 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