Wild & Scenic Has Gone Virtual!

For the last 18 years we’ve welcomed you to Nevada County, CA 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 2021 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 Catalog will show all the various content that will become accessible during the festival, including ticketed film sessions and free programming like workshops. Most content will be available as on-demand content, available to enjoy on your own schedule.

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. Click here to learn how to purchase a pass.

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, which will be online this year! Explore the artwork, much of which is 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, giving them a platform to showcase their work. You will be able 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 of 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. To see how many individual tickets you have used from your pass or pack, visit the My Passes page and look at how many “uses” there have been. To see which individual session tickets you have unlocked, visit the My Tickets page for a full list of film sessions you’ve preordered or unlocked.


Watch the video playlist below to learn how to purchase a pass as well as navigate the virtual festival:

Click the playlist icon in the top right corner to see the list of videos included:
1. How to Buy WSFF Passes
2. Navigating WSFF’s platform
3. Understanding Session Restrictions
4. How to Catch Live Film Q&As and panels



Ways to Watch

  • Computer
  • TV
    • Casting
    • Eventive TV App (For Apple TV or ROKU)
    • Connect to computer via HDMI
  • Handheld
    • Tablet
    • Phone

Some videos such as prerecorded workshops, talks, and chats, panels, etc. may not be viewable on your TV via the Eventive app but can still be accessed via your computer.

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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, access to the awards session, 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, access to the awards session, 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 for a discounted rate from individual session tickets.
  • Five Pack (5 Sessions)$50 – This five pack pass allows for access to 5 film sessions for a discounted rate from individual session tickets.

*while supplies last

Passes vs Single Tickets

  • You can attend this year’s virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival using a pass or individual tickets
  • Passes consist of a set number of single-session tickets (for instance Activist Pass = 15 single session tickets)
  • 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 in “How to Use a Pass”)
  • 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 Catalog button on the welcome page to Explore the Virtual Catalog*
  2. Passes consist of a set number of single-session tickets (for instance Activist Pass = 15 single session tickets)
  3. Once on the Virtual Catalog page you can explore all of the film festival sessions.
  4. Click on the film session you would like to watch
  5. 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
  6.  This will give you the option to choose which of your passes to use, then will open the Checkout window
  7. Choose if you will make an additional donation to SYRCL and WSFF
  8. Choose if you would like to be added to our mailing list
  9. Click on the purple Pre-Order now button
  10. 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.
  11. Return to view the screening during the availability window.
  12. To see the film sessions you have reserved, click on the My Tickets button in the upper right corner
  13. To see how many single session tickets you have used out of your total allocated, visit the My Passes page and look at the number of uses listed next to the pass

*Virtual Catalog has been released for you to explore the various sessions, though films will not be available to begin viewing until the dates of the festival, January 14-24, 2021

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 Continue 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

How can I tell which sessions I have tickets for?

Visit the My Tickets page by clicking on the My Tickets icon in the upper right corner. Alternatively, you can click on the Menu in the upper left corner, then select My Tickets. The My Tickets page will display the list of film sessions you’ve Pre-ordered or “unlocked” using your pass or by purchasing an individual session ticket.

How do I know how many tickets I’ve used of my pass or pack?

Visit the My Passes page by clicking on the My Passes icon in the upper right corner. Alternatively you can click on the Menu in the upper left corner, then select My Passes. The my passes page will display the passes you’ve purchased and alongside that pass it will show the number of uses that pass has. For instance, the Activist Pass comes with 15 single session tickets and starts with 0/15 listed for uses. Once you pre-order or unlock a single session, the uses would then read as 1/15.

Can I give a pass or ticket as a gift?

Our system makes this pretty simple. For passes head on over to https://wsff.eventive.org/passes/buy and select the pass or pack you’d like to gift. Click on the Buy button and when the checkout window appears look for the “Give as a gift” link to the right below the total. Click on that and then checkout. You will have the option to enter the receiver’s email along with a message.

Similarly, if you want to gift just a single session ticket, navigate to that session via the Virtual Catalog: https://watch.eventive.org/wsff

Select the session you want to gift, then click on the Give as a Gift option below the purple Pre-order button. Once again you will be able to enter the receiver’s email address.


Frequently Asked Festival Questions

How can I watch live Filmmaker Q&As and panels?

Having the chance to interact and hear from filmmakers and special guests is one of the greatest parts of attending a film festival! While all the films are on-demand, there are several live stream Q&As and panels which are part of the film sessions. Film sessions that include a live stream Q&A or panel can be found by clicking the Live Stream tab in the Virtual Catalog: www.watch.eventive.org/wsff/live You will see them labelled as such. When you use a ticket or pass to unlock one of these sessions, the live stream comes with the film session. The date and time of the live stream will be noted in the screening room. Live Filmmaker Q&As and panels occur within ticketed film sessions. Once you’ve unlocked the program, be sure to click “Watch Now” within the 24-hour window in which the live stream occurs in order to watch and participate live in Filmmaker Q&As and panels. Check our Schedule at a Glance for the most up to date information on when our live streams occur: SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

What is a film session?

A session is a grouping of films shown together in an approximate 1.5-2 hour block. Some sessions may include additional elements such as a filmmaker panel, Q&A session, etc.

I have slow internet – can I still watch?

Our virtual platform Eventive offers adaptive bitrate streaming, meaning that the resolution will adjust based on your internet speeds. That said, it all depends on your provider and their speeds, so expect similar results to what you experience when streaming other videos online.

Also, if you have friends or family with whom you feel safe gathering that have better internet, this could be a good opportunity to watch some films together. In addition to our films, we do plan to have additional programming such as our virtual art exhibition, enviro fair, auction, self-guided excursions, and more. So we hope you find a way to engage with the festival that works for you, even if it’s not quite what we all had in mind!

We are aware that many in our community do not have ideal conditions under which to stream video, and the need to pivot to a virtual platform is an unfortunate byproduct of the pandemic facing us. Our priority from the outset has been to contribute to the overall safety and health of our community, and plan an event where we could still offer programming and connect with folks to further the environmental movement. Given the new reality of living in a COVID-19 world, creating a virtual festival was our best option in order to stay afloat and continue serving our community.

We hope to be back in person January 2022, and feel fortunate that our festival can continue to remain operational where many other have postponed, downsized, or simply shuttered their doors. We hope to have your continued support amidst this challenging time and that we’ll see you back in person in 2022!

I really want to see a certain film. How do I make sure I get a spot?

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 your space early.

How long do I have to watch a film session?

Most sessions are available to view for a 24 hour period once you press play.

When will I be able to watch the films?

Most film sessions are on-demand, meaning you can watch them at your leisure without any restrictions on time and date (as long as it takes place in the Jan. 14-24 window). Most sessions are available for 24 hours once you press play.

How can I meet some of the guest filmmakers and speakers?

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.

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.

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 Nevada County, CA.  Award winners will be announced Sunday afternoon at the Awards Party.

Will I be able to cast a vote for Audience Choice Award?

Yes! When you are in a session screening there will be a white star below the video with a messaging denoting that this screening has films eligible to vote for. Once you watch the films the option will then be unlocked to cast your vote.

What are the Workshops all about?

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.


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