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Wild and Scenic Film Festival


SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires people to heal the earth. Wild & Scenic is a call to action. Festival-goers are transformed into activists dedicated to saving our threatened planet.

Our environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty. They also show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.

We raise resources for SYRCL to recover California’s wild salmon and protect the Yuba River. In addition, SYRCL’s Film Festival On Tour is a national platform for environmental advocacy.

About Us: 

Each year, Wild & Scenic draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California.

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films will combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

SYRCL is a grassroots organization based in Nevada City, California, that has been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of the regional watershed, from source to sea, since 1983. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts the group’s local work into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind people that they all are participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. After the January festival, Wild & Scenic goes on tour around the country, spreading the messages in the films at more than 230 events hosted by other organizations that use the festival as a platform to inspire activism in their own communities.

Recent News

Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2021

For the last 18 years we’ve welcomed you to Nevada County, CA for Wild and Scenic Film Festival every January. This year things are different, so we are bringing the festival to you! We realize this will be a big change for everyone but we are…

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2019

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Our 5-day flagship festival is held annually in the historic small towns of Nevada City and Grass…

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15th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2017

Schedule: January 12, 2017 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Opening Art Reception Location: 151 Union Square, 151 Mill Street, Grass Valley 7:00 pm: 3D Family-Friendly Film Family Friendly Location: Del Oro Theatre, Grass Valley January 13, 2017 7:30 pm…

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14th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016: Opening Art Reception: 4:30 - 6:30pm Location: 151 Union Square 3D Family-Friendly Films: 7pm Family-friendly 3D films: Wild Africa (40 min) The Great Apes (20 min) Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean (40min) …

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Wild And Scenic Environmental Film Festival 2013

Schedule: Thursday, January 10, 2013: 4:30 pm - 6:45 pm: Art Reception - Center for The Arts Family-Friendly 3D Program 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Session 8:40 pm: The Last Reef - 40min 9:00 pm: Wild Ocean - 40min 9:15 pm: Meerkats - 40min Location:…

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