Film Submissions

Make a Film… Make a Difference.

The extended (and final) deadline for WSFF 2022 was on August 24th



A production of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases 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. We live by our tagline: “Where activism gets inspired.” Our 20th annual event will occur January 13-17, 2022 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. Wild & Scenic Film Festival staff are in the early planning stages of our 2022 event. We are cautiously optimistic that an in-person or hybrid virtual + in-person event will be possible. If an in-person event is unable to be held for any reason, we will pivot to a virtual festival rather than postpone or cancel. Updates will be posted here and FilmFreeway as more information becomes available and further decisions are made. (Updated 4/8/2021)


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, Currents of HopeThe theme speaks to momentum toward a brighter future, where we envision a hopefulness that is grounded in real and measurable action, constantly moving us forward like the mighty rivers that are the lifeblood of this planet. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and as Wild & Scenic reflects on our own milestone with 20 years of inspiring activism, we are excited to tap into our roots as an event that benefits our own local watershed. Currents of Hope celebrates a vision of a healthy, thriving planet regenerated by the unstoppable flow of compassionate communities who share in this dream. 

Head over to FilmFreeway for submission guidelines:

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.




We cannot fulfill our mission 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.