Submit Your Film

Make a Film and Make a Difference

Submissions for the 2020 film festival will be open May 15–Sept. 24, 2019.

About Our Films and Inclusion

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival shows

  • Environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty
  • The challenges facing our planet
  • The work communities are doing to protect the environment

Wild & Scenic films inform people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.

We cannot unite 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.


Environmental Films

Wild & Scenic accepts all films with environmental themes including

  • Documentaries
  • Animations
  • Shorts
  • Features
  • Narratives

We look for environmental films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational. We want to inspire our audiences 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

We give special preference to adventure films with an environmental focus.

Film Competition: Student Level

We encourage student filmmakers to submit student environmental and adventure films.

We accept

  • Documentaries
  • Animations
  • Kids’ films
  • Shorts
  • Music Videos

Your films should be informative, engaging and inspiring. Create an environmental or adventure film to be considered for screening. You could win a prize at the largest film fest of its kind in the United States!

Perks of Submitting a Film

If your film is invited to be a part of the festival’s 2010 official selection, you will be treated like the VIP that you are!

Receive a variety of perks including

  • Festival passes
  • Complimentary lodging
  • Opportunities to meet with distributors and press
  • Entry into the filmmaker lounge
  • Invitation to our filmmaker party
  • Ticket to the gala
  • Entry into awards ceremony
  • Free entry into all workshops

You will have an opportunity to speak about your film each time it screens. After the festival, your film may be eligible for Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour which currently travels to more than 200 locations throughout the United States and internationally.

Attending the festival is a wonderful opportunity to meet other filmmakers and be a part of a growing movement to not only protect the planet but also generate solutions and inspire activism.