Last Chance to be Part of the Wild & Scenic Groundswell

We are seeking new, innovative, and inspiring films to include in our 2018 Official Selections

Film submissions for the 16th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will close on September 24th. Don’t miss your opportunity to be considered for the largest environmental film festival of its kind! This year’s theme is Groundswell – so we are particularly interested in films the showcase a strong activism message. It is time to showcase the brave folks fighting for our planet every day, through their innovation, education, grassroots organizing, and inspiring activism. While we will be seeking films that fit our theme, we also accept a wide range of environmental and adventure films.

Read our guidelines and learn more about what we’re looking for.

Then click on the button below to submit your film and be considered for the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, occurring January 11-15, 2018.

Extended Deadline is September 24: Submission Fee $65

Why Submit?

Spread the Word

With an audience of 7,500 at our January festival, over 5,000 e-newsletter subscribers, and thousands of social media followers, not to mention our Tour which reaches over 45,000 people annually, your film will have a huge platform to be seen and be engaged with. Bring visibility to your cause, raise awareness surrounding the issues that matter to you, and spread your message beyond the choir.

Increased Exposure and Networking Opportunities

Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws in well-known, environmentally responsible corporations and businesses, local and regional sponsors, distributors, celebrities, press and news outlets, local activists, nonprofit organizations, filmmakers, and artists from all over the world. Your film will be exposed to these audiences, and attending filmmakers have tremendous opportunities to network with other activists and filmmakers, often inspiring new projects and collaborations.

Hang out in a Groovy, Charming Town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and home to welcoming, eclectic communities, Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA make for perfect festival vibes. Filmmakers of selected films are invited to attend and soak in some lush, pristine foothills landscapes between catching film screenings and special events. Make sure to check out the Yuba River while you’re here!



The Perks

If your film is invited to be a part of the WSFF 2018 Official Selection, you will be treated like the VIP that you are! You will receive a variety of perks which include:

  • festival passes
  • complimentary lodging
  • 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


Engaged Audiences

Attending Official Selection filmmakers are invited to speak after their films screen in a Q&A format. Our audiences love to engage with filmmakers and activists and learn how they can get involved with environmental issues locally and globally or embark on their own epic adventures.


We Need You

We can’t have a film festival without films! We know the stories are out there. Your films will inspire audiences and help increase the groundswell for the environmental movement.

Submit by September 24, 2017 to be considered.

If you have any questions about submitting your film, you may reach out to Festival Liaison, Jess Swigonski at 530-265-5961 x 219.