Welcome to your new favorite film festival, where nature takes center stage on screen and blooms in abundance throughout one of California’s most scenic valleys.

Situated just 25 miles inland from the seaside beauty of Santa Barbara lies the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley; home to world class wineries, race horses, Danish pastries, award winning breweries, famous split pea soup, majestic oak studded hillsides and scenic Lake Cachuma. Within this stunning Valley, the Film Festival will be hosted in the charming town of Los Olivos. Located at the gateway to the Los Padres forest, Los Olivos offers visitors and filmmakers the best of small town experiences with easily accessible wineries, unique shops, galleries, and world-class dining - all within walking distance! The perfect community to mix and mingle during a Film Festival.

Among other perks, attending filmmakers will receive free lodging and passes to the NatureTrack Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony at the closing reception where winning filmmakers will be presented with their awards and cash prizes.

Awards & Prizes

Custom designed awards are given to the winners in addition to cash prizes.
 
$1,000 cash prize for: “Best in Festival”
$500 cash prizes for: “Audience Favorite", “Best in Category” (Feature or Short), “Best Student Film” and “Dan Conaway Award” Best Depiction of Children Connecting to Nature

Rules & Terms

MEDIA FORMATS: 
Formats accepted for festival screening are as follows: Blu-ray and streaming files in most formats
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 
Each submission must include: 
· An Online Screener. 
· Completed entry form (signed and dated) for the appropriate category
For student-produced work, a copy of a current student ID, or evidence of work being completed while entrant was a student, must be included with the application.
Please include a production still from your film or video for publication in our Festival Program if your entry is accepted. A self-addressed stamped envelope should be included with any correspondence requiring a reply.
ENTRY FEES: 
None. 
AWARDS: 
Awards will be given in the following categories: Best in Festival, Audience Favorite, Best in Category (feature or short), Best Student Film, and Dan Conaway - Best Depiction of Children Connecting to Nature
Awards and cash prizes will be presented to the winners.
SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS: 
Public screening prints of entries selected for exhibition must be shipped pre-paid and in a suitable container, with insurance the responsibility of the entrant.
RETURN OF ENTRIES: 
Exhibition prints selected for screening at the Festival will be returned at no charge to the entrant. Return shipments will be insured for $100. Other arrangements may be negotiated if necessary.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 
I state that I am authorized to submit this film/video to the NatureTrack Film Festival for consideration and have read, understand and agree to all entry requirements. I hereby release the Festival from all liability resulting from its exhibition of my film/video. I agree that if the NatureTrack Film Festival accepts my film for exhibition at the Festival, I will make it available for that purpose without requiring the payment of a screening fee.