2018 Film Submissions Open May 15th

The 16th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA, is happening January 11 – 15, 2018. Submissions for the January 2018 festival open May 15 and run through September 24.

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.

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) who produces the festival, seeks cutting-edge and provocative films about a wide variety of topics including, nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures.

“2018 is an especially remarkable year, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act—the namesake of our festival.”  says Festival Director, Melinda Booth. “While our programming will be as diverse as always, we are curating content to celebrate this milestone and encourage films featuring rivers to be submitted.”

Film Competition:
Eleven “Yubie” awards are given each year in the following categories:
Best of Festival
People’s Choice
Spirit of Activism
Most Inspiring Adventure Film
Best in Theme
Best Short Short
Jury Award (x2)
Student Filmmaker
John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award
Best Children’s Film

If your film is invited to be a part of the Wild & Scenic 2018 Official Selections, 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
  • invitation to our Filmmaker Party
  • ticket to the Gala
  • 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 160 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? (Opens May 15th!)

Submit by September 24, 2017 to be considered.

We encourage you to submit your work early and offer discounted entry fees the earlier you submit.

Early Bird deadline: June 30: $40
Regular deadline: August 15: $45
Late deadline: September 4: $50
Extended deadline: September 24 $65

Open submissions run from May 15 through September 24, 2017. For the full rundown of rules and terms, visit our Submit Your Film page. Ready to submit? Head over to Film Freeway and upload your film today.