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Don’t Just Make a Film… Make a Difference.


At SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, we showcase 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. Our 19th annual event will occur January 14-18, 2021 in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA. During these challenging times of COVID-19 we are more committed than ever to the power of film and its ability to inspire and transform, to heal and unite us, to highlight our resilience, and to give us hope. Here is a short message from of film Programming Manager about our plans for 2021:

We welcome the submission of shorts and features about nature, community activism, conservation, intentional adventure, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming. Our objective is to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation, all through stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling.

While all films will be considered, we are especially interested in films that interpret our theme this year, Resilient by Nature. It is a reminder that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. Our theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.

Environmental Films
Wild & Scenic accepts all films with an environmental theme including documentaries, animation, shorts, features, and narratives. We look for environmental films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational. We want our audiences to be inspired to make a difference in their communities and world.

Adventure Films
Wild & Scenic screens entertaining and inspiring adventure films from all over the world. Topics include climbing, mountaineering, surfing, and more. A special preference is given to adventure films with an environmental focus.

Student Films
Are you a student filmmaker? We encourage you to submit your student environmental and adventure films. We accept documentaries, animation, kids’ films, shorts, and even music videos. Your films should be informative, engaging, and inspiring. Project must have been completed by enrolled student, any level of education.


Head over to FilmFreeway for submission guidelines

*Information Regarding COVID-19 and Our Festival*
Wild & Scenic Film Festival is planning to host a live, in-person event as scheduled here in Nevada City and Grass Valley, from January 14-18, 2021. We are closely monitoring public healthy and safety recommendations and will adhere to official mandates. If we are unable to hold an in-person event, our contingency plan will involve holding a virtual festival and screening Official Selections digitally. We will post potential pertinent updates regarding our festival both here on our FilmFreeway page as information becomes available and in the case of policy updates or changes. Filmmakers who have already submitted will receive notice of any changes by email directly. We look forward to reviewing your films! (Updated May 7, 2020)


If your film is invited to be a part of the 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Official Selection, you will be treated like the VIP that you are! You will receive a variety of perks which include:


  • The opportunity to be part of an event focused on inspiring real activism and change
  • Complimentary ticketing and lodging at the 2021 event in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA
  • Networking opportunities with distributors, press, and other filmmakers
  • Award-eligibility
  • Time to speak about your film each time it screens and engage in audience Q&A
  • Entry into the Green Room
  • Amazing exposure at one of the nation’s premier environmental film festivals
  • Invitations to exclusive parties
  • Eligibility to be selected for On Tour Program
    (over 230 events nationwide and abroad)

Ready to submit your film? Call for Entries is now open!

Submit by August 24, 2020 to be considered.


About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We cannot fulfill our missing of uniting the community to heal the earth without seeing the intersection of social justice with the environmental movement. If we want a better planet for all, we must invite and include all voices. Please read our Statement of Inclusion about our commitment to diverse programming and a welcoming experience for festival-goers.