What’s New in 2018?

We’re on the edge of our seats!

Hosting you at Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) each year is our biggest highlight, and 2018 is no exception! We have the most amazing team in place ready to bring you the goods. You may have heard that Melinda Booth, our fearless leader for the past six years, was promoted to Executive Director of the film festival’s beneficiary and founding organization, South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). And she’s also still the Director of Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Wow, what a powerhouse, but that is a lot of work! So, let’s make a pact, you and me; let’s take it easy on her… 🙂

She’s lined up an all-star team, including many returning Jedi’s and a few newcomers, who are making it all happen. Contact us at 530.265.5961 ext. 215, or click here to email if you have questions. We’ll point you in the right direction!

This January we’re delighted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, and we invite you to join us! When our beloved Yuba River was protected as Wild & Scenic under this act in 1999, and saved from an impending dam, it was the first huge victory for SYRCL. This victory strengthened the organization, led to many subsequent successes to protect the Yuba, and later inspired this vibrant and growing celebration we now call the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Look for our special Wild & Scenic film programs and workshops!

This year’s fest is lining up to knock your socks off! We’ll showcase over 120 new environmental and adventure films, art walks, coffee chats, fireside chats, celebrations and workshops.

Two new youth workshops are planned at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley; one is about youth activism and National Parks and the other is Youth vs. Govt., about the historic climate change lawsuit being pursued by young Americans. You’re also invited to book signings by Dan Flores (Coyote America), Tim Palmer (Wild & Scenic Rivers, An American Legacy), and Obi Kauffman (California Field Atlas).

Other special offerings we’re celebrating this year include a new beer from our National Partner, Sierra Nevada Brewing. We love that they wear their commitment to the planet on their sleeve, and are brewing a special release that we’ll proudly serve at WSFF, to raise awareness about climate change. It’s called <2C. <2C is the symbol for “less than 2 degrees Celsius,” which is the planetary warming threshold that scientists agree we must stay below in order to keep low-lying islands from drowning, droughts and violent storms at bay, and a third of all species from going extinct. Join us in raising a glass to Sierra Nevada Brewing for their commitment to protecting the planet!

And join us for another party too, in Nevada City Winery’s spacious downstairs Barrel Room for our Opening Reception on Friday from 4-7pm. New this year, enter through the lower doors from the parking lot behind the winery and join the fun!

Don’t want to drive after all that? We are so pleased to partner with YubaBus, Nevada County’s newest public transport service. YubaBus will be there to take you from Nevada City to Grass Valley and back all weekend long. Hop on and make friends with your driver, and then catch a ride with them next summer to cool off in the Wild & Scenic Yuba River!

But wait! We’re not finished with what’s new at the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January! For the first year ever we’re offering two screenings of the award winning films for your viewing pleasure on Sunday evening. Due to hot demand we’ve added a second venue and will screen the winning line-up at both Nevada Theater in Nevada City and also at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. If you missed this finale’ event in the past due to a packed house, we have you covered in 2018!

We can’t wait to see you there!