Film Submissions

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

Call for Entries are now closed. Submissions run from April 15th – August 24th.
Check back on December 1st for our line-up of Official Selections.
Call for Entries for the 2022 event will open next Spring. 

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 14-24, 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.

*Information Regarding COVID-19 and Our Festival*

With the forecast for uncertainty around how COVID-19 will continue to impact larger public gatherings, we have decided to move the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January to a completely virtual platform. The health and well-being of our attendees and community is our priority and we feel this is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety. We are putting all our efforts now into successfully pivoting to a digital event and hope that we can all continue to support each other in sharing powerful and inspiring messages to the world. The opportunities that going digital will offer us include reaching new and wider audiences with Official Selections, incorporating even more filmmaker and guest involvement, and lowering the barrier to an event that in previous years may have been inaccessible to some. Wild & Scenic remains committed to the mission of inspiring activism through film.

Please see our letter to filmmakers with more information and an FAQ, which will continue to be updated. We are grateful for your continued support and eagerly anticipate what the future will bring

(Updated 7/16/2020)

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.

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.



About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.