Special Events

In addition to over 120 incredible films, there will be live music, workshops, performance, art, parties and so much more throughout the festival weekend!

Wild & Scenic Gala

Rub elbows with the festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts while enjoying wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Nevada City Winery.



Wild & Happy Hours

Nevada County is increasingly known for our fabulous local wine. On Saturday late afternoon in either Grass Valley or Nevada City, take a stroll during the evening break between films and sample local wines (& beer at Festival HQ) and view the work of local artists.


Awards Ceremony

Be the first to learn of the award-winning films, Sunday, 1:15pm, in the Stone Hall of the Foundry. Limited seating. First come, first served. Champagne served, courtesy of Barefoot Winery.



DRP FF13 Nevada Theatre frontAward Winning Films at the Nevada Theatre

In collaboration with the Nevada Theatre Film Series we will be showing a selection of this year’s award winning films. Keep your ears open for the line-up after the awards are announced on Sunday at 1:15. This session requires a separate ticket, which you can purchase ahead of time online or at Fest HQ. This event usually sells out in advance.


Workshops & Panels

We’ll have special workshops & presentations around Nevada City throughout the Film Festival weekend, 2014 locations included the Stonehouse, Elixart and the Curly Wolf coffee house. Learn more about the issues and what you can do, get filmmaking tips from pros, and much more at our Activist Center at Nevada City’s City Hall.


Enviro Fair

Inspired by the films and want to take part? Be sure to visit our Enviro Fair at the Activist Center in City Hall. There will 20+ organizations there, many who were featured or involved with films at the festival, discussing how you can get involved.



Reception at Mowen Solinsky Gallery

Art Shows at Wild & Scenic

Nevada County is a mecca for talented artists. We are partnering with Nevada County Arts to feature regional artists at this years’ festival. While sipping your wine or beer, stroll through the art shows and attend the many artists’ receptions happening during the wine stroll. Stop by Fest HQ to pick up a special program listing all of our featured artists and venues, or visit our Art page.


Goodshield and MignonMusic at Wild & Scenic

From countless street performers throughout the weekend, late night dance parties and even opening night reception bands at each venue, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.




D3S_4384-2Family & Kids

Kids of all ages are invited to attend the Saturday Morning Kid Films session on Saturday, 9:30am-11:30am, at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley (doors open at 9am). Tickets are  $8 for adults or children and will be sold (if available) at the box office at the theater (cash only, please). PLEASE NOTE: Saturday Morning Kid Films requires a separate ticket, even if you possess a weekend pass. You may buy your tickets in advance online, at SYRCL, or at the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and we recommend you do buy early… they will sell out!

 Wednesday & Thursday Morning School Program

On Wednesday and Thursday 1500 local students will participate in our Wild &  Scenic School Program at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley. Two programs designed to meet California state standards are offered. One for K – 3rd and another focused on 4 – 8th. We want to extend a huge thank you to Sierra Theaters for their generous partnership!


3picEco Tours

Paddle on the Yuba: 4th Annual River to Reel Community Conservation Paddle Day
Join Rivers for Change and SYRCL for a paddle day on the lower Yuba River. You will have an opportunity to view one of SYRCL’s innovative restoration projects, and view gold mining tailings (viewable from outer space) left over from hydraulic mining. It’s the perfect chance to get on the river and learn about the Yuba with SYRCL’s River Science Director before enjoying a weekend of inspiring films at the festival.


Natural History Trail Walk: Take a break from watching films to get out in the natural world. Join fellow naturalists for a guided hike along Nevada City’s Deer Creek Tribute Trail. This hour-long hike will explore the collaboratively constructed Deer Creek Tribute Trail and give participants the opportunity to interact with local ecologists, naturalists, and filmmakers who have done work relating to the growing natural history awareness movement.


Co-Housing: Take a fun tour of Nevada City’s unique co-housing project with the option to continue on to Grass Valley to check out Wolf Creek Lodge.