Submit a Film

Don’t Just Make a Film… Make a Difference!

The open submission period is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Booth, Wild & Scenic Festival Director via email at melinda@wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or by phone at 530-265-5961 x202.

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.

Wild & Scenic accepts films in the following categories:

Environmental Films
Wild & Scenic accepts all films with an environmental theme including documentaries, animation, shorts, features, and narratives. We look for environmental films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational. We want our audiences to be inspired to make a difference in their communities and world.

Adventure Films
Wild & Scenic screens entertaining and inspiring adventure films from all over the world. Topics include climbing, mountaineering, surfing, and more. A special preference to adventure films with an environmental focus.

Film Competition – College Student Level
Are you a college student (undergrad or grad) filmmaker? We encourage you to submit your student environmental and adventure films. We accept documentaries, animation, kids’ films, shorts, and even music videos. Your films should be informative, engaging, and inspiring. Create an environmental or adventure film to be considered for screening and a cash prize at the largest film fest of its kind in the United States!

Film Competition – High School Student Level
Are you a high school student who dreams about becoming a famous filmmaker and making a difference with your film? Here is your chance to try to make it to the big time. Create an environmental or adventure film to be considered for screening and a cash prize at the largest film fest of its kind in the United States!

Perks:

If your film is invited to be a part of the WSFF 2015 Official Selection, you will be treated like the VIP that you are! You will receive a variety of perks which include:

  • festival passes
  • complimentary lodging
  • opportunities to meet with distributors and press
  • entry into the Filmmaker Lounge with refreshments
  • Opening Party tickets
  • discount on Gala Event  tickets
  • entry into awards ceremony
  • free entry into all workshops
  • and the potential opportunity to be chosen to be part of our National On Tour Program

You will have an opportunity to speak about your film each time it screens. After the festival your film may be eligible for Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour which currently travels to more than 115 locations throughout the United States and internationally.

Attending the festival is a wonderful opportunity to meet other filmmakers and be a part of a very special event in a very unique town.

Ready to submit your film?

You can submit your film for consideration as an Official Selection of the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival between May 15, 2014-September 15, 2014 using Film Freeway.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you help me figure out FilmFreeway?

Sure!  FilmFreeway should be a relatively pain-free submission process.  First, you need to create a FilmFreeway account.  Next, you create a “project” within the site–generally a project will be a film.  Once you have created your film project, add a digital version of your project (e.g. a Vimeo link).  Once your film project is complete, you can submit your film to any festival.  To submit to Wild & Scenic, search for “wild and scenic” in the search bar and once found, click the green button that says “submit now.”  Just pay the submission fee and you’re done!  If you have questions along the way, just contact Melinda Booth, Festival Director, 530.265.5961 x202 and she can help you out.

What does it cost to submit a film?

We encourage you to submit your work of art early and offer discounted entry fees the earlier you submit.  Last year’s fees and deadlines are below, info for the 2015 fest will be posted soon.

by June 20: $40
by August 1: $45
by August 29: $50
by September 15 $65

What type of films are you looking for?

We watch hundreds of films each year to find the best and MOST INSPIRING environmental and adventure films. Educational nature documentaries and adrenaline films are always welcome, but does your film stand apart from the rest? Does your film inspire and motivate, as well as entertain and educate?

What film length do you recommend?

At the WSFF we screen all lengths, from 2 minutes to 90 minutes. BUT, some of the most compelling stories can be told in 40 minutes or less. More footage does not necessarily make a better film. We have been known to ask filmmakers to submit a shorter version of their film for screening purposes.

I am an amateur filmmaker. Do you recommend I submit my film?

We preview films from all levels of filmmaking: accomplished filmmakers to students to novices new in the field.

I have more than one film. Can I submit all of them for consideration?

Yes, but the submission fee is required for each film submitted.

Do you present awards?

We present a variety of awards at our Awards Ceremony during the weekend of the festival. We also have a special competition for high school and college student filmmakers. Past Award Winners.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the deadlines, fees and requirements, please contact Melinda Booth, Festival Director.