How To Virtual Fest

Wild & Scenic Has Gone Virtual!

For the last 18 years we’ve welcomed you to Nevada County for Wild & Scenic Film Festival every January. This year things are different, so we are bringing the festival to you! Between January 14 and 24 you will be able to watch the 2020 lineup of films from the comfort and safety of your home. We realize this will be a big change for everyone but we are here to help guide you through this new experience. 

With the festival occurring over the course of 11 days rather than 5 days we’ve worked to provide you with plenty of time to enjoy everything this year’s virtual event has to offer.

During the event, you will be able to enjoy all the Wild & Scenic programming on our virtual festival site: WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG. We are thrilled to be working with Eventive to host our virtual festival. The platform not only allows for beautiful video playback but also a simple integration allowing for seamless ticket and pass purchasing. The virtual screening room (Coming Soon!) will show all the various content that will become accessible during the festival, including ticketed film sessions and free programming like workshops. Once inside, you’ll be able to browse all film sessions which are organized by themed tracks, just like how you’d experience our films in the theater. Rather than checking out individual films, we curated sessions for you to experience a cinematic journey that links subject matter together in thoughtful ways and to encourage surprising connections. Once you purchase your pass or ticket and unlock your session, the films will play in succession for uninterrupted film viewing.

The virtual festival will still have many of your favorite elements of Wild & Scenic including:

  • Films – over 100 environmental and adventure shorts and features – curated into themed sessions that can be viewed from your favorite devices in the comfort and safety of your home
  • Filmmaker Engagement like panel discussions, Q&A sessions, special live streams, and more
  • Workshops will be available to watch for free throughout the event as part of the Earthjustice Activist Center.
  • Talks and Chats with filmmakers, artists, activists, and more.
  • Art Exhibition is online this year! Explore the artwork, some inspired by the 2021 theme Resilient by Nature, and support artists showcasing the natural world
  • EnviroFair highlights organizations that are protecting the earth and its inhabitants and gives them a platform to showcase their work. Be sure to virtually stroll through the Fair and learn more about how to get involved
  • Self-Guided Excursions will take the place of our usual group outings this year, helping you to still get outside and keep the “Wild” in Wild & Scenic
  • Youth programming to engage young people of all ages. In addition to our three curated K-12 School Programs for various learning levels, there will also be family-friendly film sessions and a Youth Workshop.

About the Sessions

We have programmed over 100 adventure and environmental shorts and features to inspire activism and fuel your engagement with the most timely environmental issues our planet is facing. While the majority films will be available throughout the festival to watch at your leisure, a handful of screenings will be released or take place on certain dates and times. Geographic Restrictions, Availability Windows, and Ticket Caps dictated by filmmakers and distributors may limit the ability to unlock some sessions. This information will be noted within each session where applicable.

In total there are 34 film sessions during the festival. Each film session averages about 1.5 hours in length and contains 3-6 films on average. Some include additional materials such as related filmmaker panels, Q&A’s, introductions, etc. which can extend the total viewing time. Access to workshops, talks and chats, and other supplemental programming is offered for free and does not require the purchase of a pass or ticket.

To access films you will need to ‘unlock’ that title on the scheduled day of its release. Once ‘unlocked’ you will have 24 hours to begin watching your film. Even if you have pre-ordered a specific film, if you forget to ‘unlock’ it on the specific release date you will not be able to watch that film. So mark your calendars and make plans to watch specific films on specific days. Some videos such as prerecorded workshops, talks, and chats, panels, etc. may not be viewable on your TV via the Eventive app.

Ways to Watch (click here for more details)

  • Computer/Laptop
  • TV
    • Casting
    • Eventive App
    • Connect to computer via HDMI
  • Handheld
    • Tablet
    • Phone


Types of Passes

  • Watershed Pass (All Sessions) ($450) – Show your support for SYRCL, Wild & Scenic, and the entire watershed with this all access pass guaranteed to help you make the most of WSFF 2021! Includes a year membership, 15% off select WSFF Merchandise*, and guarantees you a paper program.
  • Household Pass (25 Sessions) – $250 – The household pass allows for the entire family to enjoy the festival. With entry to 25 film sessions this pass lets the entire household make the most of all 11 days of programming. Includes a year membership, 10% off select WSFF Merchandise*, and guarantees you a paper program.
  • Activist Pass + Membership (15 Sessions) – $160 – The activist pass allows for access to 15 film sessions. This package includes a year membership and 5% off of select WSFF Merchandise*
  • Activist Pass (15 Sessions) – $130 – The activist pass allows for access to 15 film sessions and includes 5% off of select WSFF Merchandise*
  • Ten Pack (10 Sessions)$90 – This ten pack pass allows for access to 10 film sessions
  • Five Pack (5 Sessions)$50 – This five pack pass allows for access to 5 film sessions

Passes vs Single Tickets

  • You can attend this year’s virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival using a pass or individual tickets aka “unlocks”.
  • Passes are ideal for anyone who plans to watch 4+ film programs from this year’s lineup.
  • Planning to watch a lot of films? Check out the Activist Pass, the Household Pass, or the Watershed Pass for options that give you the greatest access if you plan to watch more than 10 sessions.
  • Too busy to fit in everything? Consider the 5-pack or 10-pack passes for increased access at a discount from individual tickets.
  • Use your pass to reserve which film sessions you would like to see (“pre-order” or “unlock” these sessions using the steps below).
  • A benefit to being a pass holder is that you can reserve/pre-order the films you plan to virtually attend as soon as you purchase your pass – no need to wait for single-session tickets to be released.
  • Individual tickets range from $8-$20. Most are $12 each and will be available to purchase once the Virtual Catalog is live.
  • Passes are available now! Click Here to purchase.

How to Purchase a Pass

  1. Navigate to the Virtual Fest at WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG
  2. Click on the green “Buy Passes” button
  3. This will present you with the Festival Pass Options for the virtual festival
  4. Make your selection of which pass you would like to purchase and click on the corresponding green Buy button
  5.  This will open the Checkout window where you can select the number of passes you would like
  6. There is also an option to add an additional donation to the mission of WSFF & SYRCL if you so choose.
  7. Click on the “Have a Discount Code” link (in blue) if you have a code to enter (Want a discount? Become a member!)
  8. Enter your email to login or create an account and click the green Continue button
  9. If you have an account enter your password. If not enter your name and create a password and then click the green Register button
  10. Enter your payment information and click on the Submit Payment Information button – and that’s it – you’ve got your pass!
  11. To see the passes you have to click on the Menu in the upper left corner and select My Passes – here you can see how many unlocks you have used.
  12. To add additional items to your order like the Three Forks meal package – repeat these steps for Add-on items

How to Use a Pass

  1. Once you have purchased your pass, Click on the Virtual Festival button on the welcome page to Explore the Virtual Catalog
  2. Here you can explore all of the film festival sessions.
  3. Click on the film session you would like watch
  4. When you enter the screening room you will see a purple “unlock” or “Pre-order now for free” button in the center of the video screen – click on it
  5.  This will give you the option to choose which of your passes to use, then will open the Checkout window
  6. Choose if you will make an additional donation to SYRCL and WSFF
  7. Choose if you would like to be added to our mailing list
  8. Click on the purple Pre-Order now button
  9. That’s it – you’ve got your session ordered! Below where it says “pre-ordered successfully” you will see when the session becomes available for viewing.
  10. Return to view the screening during the availability window.
  11. To see the tickets you have to click on the Menu in the upper left corner and select My Tickets

How to Purchase Single Session Tickets

  1. Navigate to the Virtual Fest at WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG
  2. Click on the green “Buy Passes” button
  3. This will present you with the Festival Pass Options for the virtual festival
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page for information on Single Tickets
  5. Click on the link to Explore the Virtual Catalog
  6. Here you can explore all of the film festival sessions.
  7. Click on the film session you would like to purchase a ticket to
  8. When you enter the screening room you will see a purple “unlock” button in the center of the video screen – click on it
  9.  This will open the Checkout window
  10. To continue, enter your email address and click the blue Continute button
  11. Enter your name and password then click Create an Eventive Account
  12. Enter your payment information and click on the Add Payment method button – and that’s it – you’ve got your tickets!
  13. To see the tickets you have to click on the Menu in the upper left corner and select My Tickets


Frequently Asked Festival Questions

*For additional resources, please click here for the FAQ specific to the Eventive Virtual Platform, including help with the mechanics of watching the Virtual Festival on various devices

What is a Film Session?

A session is a grouping of films shown together in an approximate 2.5 hour block. Wild & Scenic programs sessions in Nevada City and Grass Valley on Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, Saturday Mid-Day, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning, Sunday Mid-Day and Sunday Afternoon. When you buy a session ticket you have access to all venues during that session specified by your ticket. But please note, all pass holders must buy a separate ticket for the special film events (3D Films, Saturday Morning Kid Films, and Sunday/Monday Night Award Winner screenings). During any given session, there are 7 to 9 venues screening films.

You can filter by Session on our Interactive Schedule. Check out “Filter by Type” on the right side panel, and hover over “Session”. From there, you can search by film session.

Why can’t the Festival guarantee me a spot at the film I want to see?

While most film sessions are not restricted by capacity or viewing location, some filmmakers do require this. If you are set on viewing a session that does have capacity restrictions be sure to reserve you space early.  Currently, the only way to guarantee a seat for the film you want to see, is to support SYRCL at a significant level. Donors contributing more than $6,000 annually receive the benefit of advance reserved seating.

How do I vote for a film?

When can I see award-winning films?

A selection of award-winning films will play at special screenings on Sunday night. There will be a special discounted Local’s Night edition of the Award Winner Screening that will only be available to those viewing from Western Nevada County.  Award winners will be announced Sunday afternoon at the Awards Party.

There are films I want to see that are screening at the same time—What should I do?

In an attempt to accommodate this conundrum, the majority of films screen more than once.  And if you still don’t get to see everything you want, check SYRCL’s Film Library in February to borrow 2021 films (and films from years past) – free for Wild & Scenic and SYRCL members!

How can I meet some of the guest filmmakers and speakers?A film maker speaks with a film goer

One of the coolest things about Wild & Scenic is meeting the great people behind the films. This year we will have a variety of events where filmmakers will be present, such as filmmaker panels, Q&A’s, and more. You can also bump into them in the Virtual Lobby. Some of our filmmakers and special guests will also be facilitating Activist Workshops, which is a great way to get a more intimate sense of their work.


What are the workshops all about?A workshop at the Curly Wolf cafe with lots of attendees talking around a table and drinking tea.

Earthjustice’s Virtual Activist Center enables attendees to learn more about the issues presented in the films and how to make a difference. Or, if you are a budding filmmaker, learn the secrets of industry professionals. And did we mention that the workshops are FREE thanks to our friends Earthjustice?  There will also be other panels and presentations during film sessions throughout the festival.

Is there anything else to do?

Yes! We have workshops, coffee talks and fireside chats, food, virtual wine and beer tasting, our EnviroFair, incredible artwork, and more. Be sure to check out all of our special events – there’s something for everyone – and many events are FREE. Or, take a break from the screen and take yourself on one of our self-guided excursions. If you are local – take some time to enjoy shopping, eating and drinking in Nevada City and Grass Valley, after all, these are pretty great towns! And, of course, don’t forget to visit the Yuba!

The Festival is called “Wild & Scenic,” yet many films are not nature or wildlife films—why?

The film festival was named in honor of SYRCL’s successful campaign to achieve state Wild & Scenic status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River. That victory took many years, thousands of volunteer hours and dollars and grassroots democracy on the river and at the Capitol. The film festival was born out of that spirit and it continues to be an event that celebrates and inspires activism.

More Festival Hints

  • Traveling to Nevada County? Check out the Nevada City & Grass Valley websites for lodging, food, and shopping. For more about Nevada County, visit our Around Town page.
  • Ride your bike, carpool or take public transportation to Wild & Scenic.
  • Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup (the festival does not sell bottled water). Visit our Greening Page for more tips and information on helping us green Wild & Scenic.
  • If you have downtime, consider visiting the Yuba River, the inspiration of SYRCL’s work and a beloved part of life in the area. The closest and easiest point to access is the 49 crossing off Highway 49, 10-15 minutes drive from downtown Nevada City.


Still Need Assistance?

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