Mission

Mission PageSYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival inspires people and unites communities to heal the earth.

Wild & Scenic is a call to action. At the festival, 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 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 raises resources and awareness for SYRCL’s initiatives to recover California’s wild salmon and to protect and restore the Yuba River. In addition, SYRCL’s Film Festival On Tour serves as a national platform for local environmental advocacy.

Become A Member and help support the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and SYRCL’s year-round efforts to protect and restore the Yuba. As a member, we invite you to take advantage of our favorite perk for active SYRCL members – the Wild & Scenic Film Library – where you can borrow selections of films from all 14 years of Wild & Scenic from the library. Not sure if you’re an active member? Call or email Lyndly Martin at 530-265-5961 ext 210 to check your membership status. If you know you want to sign up or simply need to renew, visit our Membership page and get started today.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s Statement of Inclusion

We cannot fulfill our mission of uniting the community to heal the earth without recognizing the intersections of social justice and the environmental movement. If we want a better planet for all, we must invite and include all voices.

We encourage film and art submissions from all skill-levels, backgrounds, and geographic locations.

We are committed to providing diverse programming to our festival goers.

We are passionate about telling the stories that belong to voices and perspectives that often go unheard.

We welcome all gender identities and expressions, races and ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, geographic locations, ancestries, education levels, physical abilities and body types, mental abilities, political and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and all other identities represented among our diverse landscape to participate in and be a part of our festival.

We celebrate the differences between us and seek to improve our inclusivity efforts in every aspect of our event.

Filmmakers and artists, please submit your films and art that showcase the beautiful diversity that makes up our planet. We do not want submission fees to be a deterrent to anyone. If you have a significant financial need, please reach out and we will work with you to determine if and how we can help. We cannot guarantee fee waivers as the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a fundraising event for SYRCL. But we will continue to strive toward supporting the work and goals of filmmakers, artists and activists, knowing that socioeconomic barriers exist and are, in some cases, associated with deeply rooted power dynamics and systemic injustices.

Note: Wild & Scenic Film Festival provides equal opportunities to all filmmakers and artists for their work to be considered for inclusion and does not discriminate based on the identities listed above (ie gender, race, socioeconomic background, etc.) We thank you for your feedback and suggestions as we embark on this effort for more inclusivity. We are aware that we will make mistakes and we appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow in this crucial endeavor. Wild & Scenic Film Festival WELCOMES YOU – and if that statement does not resonate with you, please reach out and let us know how we can work toward changing that. You can connect with Festival Liaison, Jess Swigonski, directly with any feedback or questions.