Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021 is excited to announce “Resilient by Nature” as the Festival’s 2021 theme and guiding vision for our flagship event, Official Selections, public programs, and On Tour program for the coming year.

Resilient by Nature 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.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Photo by Josh Miller

The festival is also pleased to open Film Submissions with an initial Early Bird deadline of May 29, 2020. At SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, environmental and adventure films are showcased 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.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival plans to host a live, in-person flagship event in Nevada City and Grass Valley, from January 14-18, 2021. The festival is closely monitoring public health and safety recommendations and will adhere to official mandates. If unable to hold an in-person event, the contingency plan will involve holding a virtual festival and screening Official Selections digitally. Updates regarding these plans will be found on the Wild & Scenic website.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Photo by Josh Miller

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021 welcomes the submission of shorts and features about nature, community activism, conservation, intentional adventure, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming.  While all films will be considered, the festival is especially interested in films that interpret the 2021 theme of Resilient by Nature. During these challenging times of COVID-19, Wild & Scenic is 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.


Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. For more information, visit WildandScenicFilmFestival.org.

Content provided by Eric Dunn, SYRCL