The Wild & Scenic Film Festival held each January in Nevada City, California is a kick-off for Wild & Scenic On Tour which travels to more than 100 communities and continues to grow every year. We think the films are too good, and the messages too powerful to keep them to ourselves.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Through film, Wild & Scenic On Tour is building a grassroots network connected by a common goal–to inspire people and unite communities to heal the earth.
“This is the most amazing event we do! It creates a huge amount of publicity and visibility for our organization and brings the community together in an inspirational atmosphere. People begin to talk about what they can do locally to help and this is good for our river and for the other special places in our communities.” – Organization for the Assabet River | Concord, MA | protecting the Assabet River & her tributaries since 1986
Hosting this event is a proven way for your organization to engage a new and diverse audience, or to raise funds to further a specific campaign. Film is a powerful medium which can educate, inspire, and motivate people to go out and make a difference in their community and around the world. Since Wild & Scenic was launched, host groups have used the event to raise over a million dollars to support their local environmental campaings.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 10 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 100 cities. Each tour venue 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!