10 Tips from Jenna B. on Event Greening

October 20, 2014

Follow these simple tips to be well on your way to a clean green film festival and planet. Your enthusiasm for environmental responsibility at your event will be contagious and your audience will thank you!

  1. Offer organic!
    Seek out vendors who offer organic food and drinks or other natural products. Support healthy pollinators, ecosystems, and your own body. Your local natural food store might donate food to your event!
  2. Use alternative energy!
    Contact your local solar company to help – it’s a great way for them to promote your business. The local media will love advertising that your event is solar powered!
  3. Avoid disposables!
    Oregon Natural Desert Association's festival attendees smiling about their Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cups!

    Oregon Natural Desert Association’s festival attendees smiling about their Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cups!

    Brand your event as “zero waste” – this is becoming more and more popular and people will recognize this term. Ask people to bring their own dishes. Rent dishes and recruit a team of volunteer dishwashers.

  4. Take advantage of Klean Kanteen’s pint cup program! Our national partner, Klean Kanteen, offers stainless steel pint cups. You can buy them with your logo or the Wild & Scenic logo, then resell them with a drink for a profit. Reduce waste, raise funds, and add a fun element to your event!
  5. Avoid plastics!
    Mountain of plasticMaking bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. Ten percent of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean, the majority of that settling on the ocean floor where it will never degrade. Alternatively, offer reusable cups and/or ask people to bring their own cup.
  6. Don’t be fooled by bio-plastics!
    Yes, bio-plastics might be better than petroleum-based single-use plastics. BUT, they do not break down in home-scale compost piles, only in commercial composting facilities. They pollute the recycling stream because they look like recyclable plastic but they are not. They are typically made from GMO corn, which requires a lot of land and water to grow.
  7. Recycling!
    Every place you have a trash bin, also put a recycle bin there. If you have a trash bin by itself, inevitably non-trash items will end up there. Make sure recycle bins are well-marked so that your audience knows what they can put in there.
  8. Paper – reduce and recycle!
    How many ways do you use paper at your event? Posters, flyers, event program, brochures, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper… Request recycled paper for everything you do! By requesting recycled products, you help to expand the recycling market. If you invite other groups to table, ask them not to bring handouts but to have a beautiful enticing display and a human being to share information! Do you really need to have paper napkins and paper towels? – There are lots of reusable alternatives for these that are not paper.
  9. Compost!
    Someone in your community has a compost pile and would be GRATEFUL to take your event’s compost home. Compost is a valuable resource. Keeping food scraps out of the landfill means reducing greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Plus, landfills are someone’s habitat – by composting you can protect habitat and build healthy soil! Place a compost bin everywhere that you recycle and trash bins.
  10. Waste station volunteers!
    You’ll be amazed at how much trash you avoid making just by having educated volunteers help audience members know where to put their waste. Most materials at your event will be recyclable or compostable; therefore the trash produced will be very little as long as you help your audience in knowing what to put where.

About Jenna, SYRCL’s On Tour Manager and Event Greener Extraordinaire:

Jenna in Namibia with a caracal

Jenna in Namibia with a caracal

Before joining the team at SYRCL, Jenna worked for open space protection, transit-oriented development, environmental ballot measures, wildlife conservation, sustainability skills for everyday life, water and energy conservation, waste reduction, small scale diverse organic farming education, and pollinator advocacy.  Jenna loves how the Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings all of these issues together through both films and people – not only the people working hard to create solutions to these issues, but also the people who want to learn more and participate in change.

Get creative and collaborate! There are lots of ways to impact the world!

 

 

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Did You Know: The Wild & Scenic Film Library

October 20, 2014

FilmLibrary3We’ve been in overdrive here at the Wild & Scenic office watching and deliberating over the hundreds of amazing films submitted for the 2015 Festival and can’t wait until we can reveal this year’s film lineup to you!

While you’re anxiously awaiting 2015’s list of Official Selections, get inspired by films that were chosen and included in past Wild & Scenic Film Festivals.

Many films featured at past festivals are available for members of the South Yuba River Citizens League to borrow. To check out a film, become a member. Then, visit the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) main office at 313 Railroad Ave in Nevada City to check your rentals out (M-F, 9am-5pm).

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Library has been recently updated. You can find out all of the guidelines and rules by reading the rental policy here.

Happy Viewing!

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Don’t Miss These Upcoming Wild & Scenic On Tour Dates!

October 20, 2014

blackrockfriendsSaturday, October 18th – Reno, NV

Hosting Partner: Friends of Black Rock

About Friends of Black Rock: Friends of Black Rock-High Rock helps manage the resources of the Black Rock Desert region and educates the public to foster stewardship and preserve its unique character.

For more information about Friends of Black Rock and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Reno, please visit: http://blackrockdesert.org/

 

Wildsight_logoSaturday, October 18th – Kimberly, BC

Hosting Partner: Wildsight

About Wildsight: Wildsight works locally, regionally and globally to protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain regions.

For more information about Wildsight and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour Kimberly, please visit: http://www.wildsight.ca/

 

ScSEEDSaturday, October 18th – Saguache, CO

Hosting Partner: Saguache County Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (ScSEED)

About ScSEED: ScSEED’s mission is to work together as a community to develop a sustainable economy that builds on our existing strengths, contributes to a strong integrated community, and protects the environment, rural lifestyle, and character of Saguache County.

For more information about ScSEED and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Saguache, please visit: http://scseed.org/wb/pages/home.php

 

Alabama_Rivers_Alliance_logoSunday, October 19th – Birmingham, AL

Hosting Partner: Alabama Rivers Alliance

About Alabama Rivers Alliance: Alabama Rivers Alliance’s mission is to protect Alabama’s rivers through water quality and quantity policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and the providing of information to citizens in order to achieve clean and healthy watershed ecosystems, healthy people, strong economies, and a functioning democratic system of government in Alabama.

For more information about Alabama Rivers Alliance and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Birmingham, please visit: http://www.alabamarivers.org/

 

WVRC New LogoThursday, October 23rd – Charleston, WV

Hosting Partner: West Virginia Rivers Coalition

About West Virginia Rivers Coalition:  WVRC is the statewide voice for water-based recreation and clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams–from the headwaters to wherever water flows in West Virginia.

For more information about West Virginia Rivers Coalition and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Charleston, please visit: http://www.wvrivers.org/

 

vnrc_logoThursday, October 23rd – Burlington, VT

Hosting Partner: Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)

About VNRC: Through research, education, collaboration and advocacy, VNRC protects and enhances Vermont’s natural environments, vibrant communities, productive working landscapes, rural character and unique sense of place, and prepares the state for future challenges and opportunities.

For more information about VNRC and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Burlington, please visit: http://vnrc.org/

 

friendstetonriverThursday, October 23rd – Victor, ID

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Teton River

About Friends of the Teton River: Friends of the Teton River is a nationally-recognized leader in science and community-based watershed protection and restoration. The foundations of the organization are sound science, collaborative relationships and community education and they are working for clean water, healthy streams and abundant fisheries in Teton Valley Idaho/Wyoming.

For more information about Friends of the Teton River and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Victor, please visit: http://www.tetonwater.org/

 

solarlivinginsSaturday, October 25th – Healdsburg, CA

Hosting Partner: Solar Living Institute

About Solar Living Institute: The mission of the SLI is to promote sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.

For more information about Solar Living Institute and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Healdsburg, please visit: http://www.solarliving.org/

 

telluridemtnclubSaturday, October 25rd – Telluride, CO

Hosting Partner: Telluride Mountain Club

About Telluride Mountain Club: The Telluride Mountain Club’s goal is to preserve and enhance public access to human powered, non mechanized activities including hiking, backcountry skiing and boarding, mountaineering, climbing and other mountain related recreation.

For more information about Telluride Mountain Club and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Telluride, please visit: http://www.telluridemountainclub.org/

 

RCDSMMlogoSaturday, October 25rd – Malibu, CA

Hosting Partner: Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains

About Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains: RCDSMM is dedicated to providing education and leadership in the creation of programs to conserve and enhance the natural resources of the District; inspiring and mobilizing public conservation involvement; and identifying natural resource issues.

For more information about Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Malibu, please visit: http://www.rcdsmm.org/

 

Appalachian VoicesThursday, October 30th – Knoxville, TN

Hosting Partner: Appalachian Voices

About Appalachian Voices: Appalachian Voices is an award-winning, environmental non-profit committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future.

For more information about Appalachian Voices and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Knoxville, please visit: http://appvoices.org/

 

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Going On Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 125 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Jon Wilson at 530.265.5961 x 204.

 

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Wild & Scenic Seeking Hosts to Accommodate Special Guests

October 2, 2014

WelcomeMat_WhiteDoor-72dpi-e1329073313431Are you interested in getting involved with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in a unique way while earning some awesome perks?

Then volunteer to host an attending filmmaker or special guest in your own household during the festival (January 15-18, 2015)! We are currently seeking hosts that are able to house one or more of our visiting guests. The participation of our lodging hosts is not only greatly appreciated, but also crucial in enabling our filmmakers and special guests to attend our festival each year. We do our best to match guests appropriately with hosts based on preferences that each party provides. All you need in order to be a host is a guest room, cottage, or other appropriate space you would be willing to share during the festival.

If you are able to offer up the ultimate generosity of sleeping space for guests in need of some rest and relaxation, then we would love to say thank you by offering you the following perks:

  • One ticket for each person you host, good for any session, with the option to exchange your ticket for a 50% discount on a Festival Pass

If you are able to house four or more people you’ll receive:

  • One Festival Pass  plus the opportunity to purchase a second Festival Pass at a 50% discount

Our lodging hosts are an integral part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and we would love to add you to the family!

If you are interested in hosting or would like more information,
please contact Filmmaker Liaison Jess Swigonski:
jess@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org    (530) 265-5961 x 219

Note: We cannot guarantee that your generosity will result in a placement, it is dependent upon how many filmmakers are able to attend.  We aim to finalize placements by late December.  Thanks for your understanding.

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Final Deadline for Art Submissions Approaching

October 2, 2014

Rocks of Ages, Credit: David Mooney

Calling All Artists!

There’s only one month left to submit your art for consideration at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Fest and application fees go up after the October 18th regular deadline.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is proud to partner with Nevada County Arts in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment.  To achieve this goal, all local and regional artists are invited to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City.  More than 40 businesses, wineries, cafes and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  This is a unique opportunity for more than 4,500 attendees to be exposed to your art.

The film festival theme for 2015 is “A Wild Life.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address this theme head on, particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment. “Exhibiting Wild & Scenic art adds another layer to the festival experience and immerses attendees in an environmental experience throughout town,” says Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director.  All entries are to be submitted via the Nevada County Arts website, where you can also find the complete submission guidelines, too.

Application Deadlines and Fees:

Regular Application Deadline: October 18, 2014; $30
Extended Application Deadline: November 1; $45
Student Application Deadline: November 1; $5
(Must be 19 or under with a valid student id)
Note: All fees are directly invested in the cost of the Exhibition & Prize Program.

Categories: Each piece of artwork should be submitted in one of the following categories. Judging and prizes will be organized into these categories:

A. Photography
B. Two Dimensional Art
C. Three Dimensional Art
D. Student Artist
Best of Theme – A Wild Life – will also be awarded
Prize amounts will vary in value, but range in value between $50 and $300.

We look forward to the works of art our community will create and thanks in advance for your participation!

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Don’t miss these upcoming Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour dates!

October 1, 2014

Upcoming On Tour stops in California, Colorado, Oregon, Missouri, and the Northeast!

AlleghenySunday, October 5th – Bradford, PA

Hosting Partner: Allegheny Defense Project

About Allegheny Defense Project: The Allegheny Defense Project is dedicated to protecting and restoring the wild forests and rivers of the Allegheny Plateau and the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania’s only national forest.

For more information about Allegheny Defense Project and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Bradford, please visit: https://www.alleghenydefense.org/

 

epic_inside_02Tuesday, October 7th – Arcata, CA

Hosting Partner: EPIC

About EPIC: The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is a community based, non-proft organization that works to protect and restore forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries and native species in Northern California.

For more information about EPIC and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Arcata, please visit: http://www.wildcalifornia.org/

 

FriendsoftheMissouriBreakslogo-193x242Friday, October 10th – Lewistown, MI

Hosting Partner: Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument

About Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument: The Friends aim to protect and preserve the Monument by educating the public, advocating for responsible access and environmentally responsible uses, and supporting groups and agencies that protect and restore the Monument.

For more information about Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Lewistown, please visit: http://www.missouribreaks.org/

 

ammonoosucSaturday, October 11th – Bethlehem, NH

Hosting Partner: Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

About Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust: The mission of ACT is to conserve land with ecological, community, historic or scenic value for the future growth and well-being of the region.

For more information about Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Bethlehem, please visit: http://www.aconservationtrust.org/

 

willametteThursday, October 16th – Portland, OR

Hosting Partner: Willamette Riverkeeper

About Willamette Riverkeeper:  Willamette Riverkeeper’s sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.

For more information about Willamette Riverkeeper and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Portland, please visit: http://www.willamette-riverkeeper.org/WRK/index.html

 

cloud cityFriday, October 17th – Leadville, CO

Hosting Partner: Cloud City Conservation Center

About Cloud City Conservation Center: C4’s mission is to create community infrastructure that supports the natural environment with programs in the areas of energy and waste & recycling.

For more information about Cloud City Conservation Center and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Leadville, please visit: http://cloudcityconservation.org/

 

On Tour StampGoing On Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 125 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Jon Wilson at 530.265.5961 x 204.

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And the Winner is…

September 18, 2014

WSFF2015PosterCropThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival team had a lot of fun and some hard decisions to make to determine just one winner and one honorable mention in our Poster Art Contest for the 2015  Festival.  The talent in our community never ceases to amaze—we’d like to thank all participating artists. 

Our winner is Jude Bischoff’s, American River Bear, a 48”x48” oil on canvas.  This work of art will adorn the official poster and all collateral material affiliated with the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

“Bischoff’s image is not only stunning but incorporates one interpretation of our theme, A Wild Life, to a tee,” says Melinda Booth, Festival Director.  “We’re proud to have this image brand the 2015 festival both locally and across the globe with our On Tour Program.”

Honorable Mention:  A Wild Life With Aspens by Linda Galusha

Honorable Mention: A Wild Life With Aspens by Linda Galusha

An honorable mention was awarded to Linda Galusha’s mixed medium work, A Wild Life with Aspens.

Look for work by these artists at the 2015 Festival happening January 15-18, 2015 in Nevada City and Grass Valley.

 

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Be a Part of the Wild & Scenic Family

September 18, 2014

Miller 2014 WSFF Web (209 of 431)BECOME A SPONSOR!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, as you know it, would not happen if not for the generous contributions from individuals and businesses. Our sponsors mean the world to us and we’d like to invite you to be a part of the Wild & Scenic family. Becoming a sponsor is the best way to show your support for this meaningful event (SYRCL‘s largest fundraiser), promote your business and receive perks like festival passes, reserved seating and party invitations.

If you want to know more, check out our sponsor webpage or contact Melinda Booth, Festival Director at melinda@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or 530-265-5961 x202.

The deadline is soon, so reach out today.

 

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Upcoming On Tour stops in California, Colorado, New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland!

September 18, 2014

MCBC_Color_Logo-WEBTuesday, September 23rd – Larkspur, CA

Hosting Partner: Marin County Bicycle Coalition

About Marin County Bicycle Coalition: Since 1998, MCBC has been steadily improving our county’s roads, multi-use pathways, and off-road facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

For more information about Marin County Bicycle Coalition and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Larkspur, please visit: http://www.marinbike.org/

 

yadkin_riverkeeperFriday, September 26th – Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, September 27th – Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, September 27th – Winston-Salem, NC

Hosting Partner: Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc

About Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc: Yadkin Riverkeeper’s mission is to respect, protect, and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.

For more information about Yadkin Riverkeeper and to purchase tickets to any of the Wild & Scenic On Tour showings in Winston-Salem, please visit: http://yadkinriverkeeper.org/

 

Regis_logo_colorFriday, September 26th – Denver, CO

Hosting Partner: Regis University

About Regis University: Regis University provides value-centered undergraduate and graduate education and encourages its students to make a positive impact in a changing society. Regis College’s liberal arts education provides the opportunity for students to explore the question “How ought we to live?” while cultivating an excellent academic education.

For more information about Regis University and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Denver, please visit: http://www.regis.edu/RC

 

MAP_Logo_largeSaturday, September 27th – Truckee, CA

Hosting Partner: Mountain Area Preservation Foundation

About Mountain Area Preservation Foundation: The mission of MAP, a grass-roots non-profit working since 1987, is to preserve the Truckee region’s community character and the natural environment for present and future generations.

For more information about Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Truckee, please visit: http://www.mapf.org/

 

WildVirginiaMonday, September 29th – Harrisonburg, VA

Hosting Partner: Wild Virginia

About Wild Virginia:  Wild Virginia is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Virginia’s national forests through education and advocacy.

For more information about Wild Virginia and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Harrisonburg, please visit: http://www.wildvirginia.org/

 

waterkeepers_chesapeakeThursday, October 2nd – Annapolis, MD

Hosting Partner: Waterkeepers® Chesapeake

About Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of eighteen independent programs working to make the waters of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays swimmable and fishable.

For more information about the Waterkeepers Chesapeake and to purchase tickets to Wild & Scenic On Tour in Annapolis, please visit: http://www.waterkeeperschesapeake.org/

 

On Tour StampGoing On Tour

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 12 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 125 cities. Each tour stop is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and bring people together around community based activism. We offer a diverse menu of environmental films that delve into themes such as energy, climate change, conservation, wildlife, community activism, environmental justice, and adventure. Each venue custom builds their own film program to include issues they want to spotlight. Plus, we provide PR materials and a comprehensive planning guide. As an environmental group who has experienced amazing success with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we want to share our success with other organizations to create a network connected by a common goal – to use film to inspire activism!

For more information about Wild & Scenic On Tour, please contact Jon Wilson at jon@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or 530.265.5961 x 204.

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Final Call for 2015 Film Submissions

September 11, 2014
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Down the Line by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts. This film was featured at the 2014 Fest and On Tour

We want you to be a part of the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival but time is running out!  The FINAL DEADLINE for open submissions is this Monday, September 15th.

The 13th annual festival will take place January 15-18, 2015, in downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA. Wild & Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure films that aim to inspire and educate. Approximately 100 films will be officially selected out of the more than 400 anticipated entries.

On Tour StampWild & Scenic On Tour then travels to almost 150 locations across the United States and internationally. The On Tour program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for broader audience exposure.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival accepts films in the following categories:

  • Environmental Films
  • Adventure Films
  • Film Competition – College Student Level
  • Film Competition – High School Student Level

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. We recommend first reviewing the submission details at our website on the Submit Your Film page.

To submit your film for consideration as an Official Selection of the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, all films must be formally submitted through the online service Film Freeway.

We look forward to your submission and good luck!

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