AboutPageJoin us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). For over a quarter century, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.



“We fell in love with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival! How refreshing to be part of an event that not only entertains but actually inspires participants to make this world a better place!”

Daryl Hannah, actress and Charris Ford, activist

“I think it should be called the Wild, Scenic & Inspirational Film Festival. This festival is extraordinary and commendable and I’m not going to stop talking about it for a very, very long time.”

Patrick Stewart, actor and activist

“Nature is a beautiful thing and we all have to take part in what we believe will help the environment. Thanks to the film festival I feel more educated about our environment and I want to help!”

Amanda Moylan, 11 years old

In 1983, a small group of concerned citizens banded together to oppose the construction of two dams on the South Yuba River. Over a quarter century and thousands of supporters later, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) stands stronger than ever. The dam projects have been defeated and 39 miles of the South Yuba have become permanently protected through state Wild and Scenic designation. A small community demonstrated that people can make a difference – people can protect the place in which they live, work and play.

Today, SYRCL is a vibrant community organization leading a range of river and watershed programs. In addition to producing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we’re organizing a national campaign for the restoration of California’s wild Chinook salmon, beginning with the threatened populations in the lower Yuba River. While boldly advocating for the re-introduction of salmon above dams, we work in a number of collaborative science forums with public agencies and are key supporters of the Calling Back the Salmon ceremony of the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe. We coordinate the largest citizen-based river monitoring program in the state and host other events for the community throughout the year, including the Greater Yuba River Clean-Up that organizes over 700 volunteers in an annual litter removal project.

SYRCL’s mission is to protect and restore the Yuba River and Greater Yuba Watershed and continue to be recognized as one of the largest and most effective single-watershed groups in the United States. Learn more. Become a member. Visit the SYRCL website.