Recently named by USA Today as the #3 Film Festival in the US, along with being recognized as the “Sundance of the Sierra” and by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, NCFF celebrates the world’s most exciting storytellers in independent, international film. These filmmakers are united in their uncompromising mission to express a unique, personal vision through their films.
This year’s festival is scheduled for August 28-September 4. The week long festival features indoor and outdoor film screenings, panels and workshops for filmmakers and festival attendees, filmmaker Q&A’s and coffee talks, after-parties, virtual reality experiences, nature hikes and outdoor excursions, and other special events. For the first time ever, the entire film festival will be made available online, to allow film lovers around the globe to share in the experience.
“Storytelling is essential to the human experience and media, especially film, is how we entertain, learn from and communicate with one another,” says Jesse Locks, Executive Director. “NCFF serves as a platform to showcase and support these diverse voices and stories that would otherwise not make it to mainstream audiences.”
Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including, but not limited to, documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.
“Each year we receive around 500 submissions. We watch another 100 plus films that are considered the buzzed about festival favorites and narrow these all down to 30 programs of both feature and short films,” says Locks. “Over the years, films that have been showcased at NCFF have gone on to win Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, and be recognized at other festivals.”
NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including independent filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Baskets), Jason Sussberg (Bill Nye: Science Guy), Patrick Brice (Corporate Animals, The Overnight), Greg Finton (Dazed & Confused, The World According to Dick Cheney), Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back), David Zellner (Damsel, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), Christina Choe (Nancy), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek, and animator Galen Pehrson, among others.
In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Tig Notaro (Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central), Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast).
NCFF offers $9000 in cash prizes. These include Best of the Fest – $1500, Best Screenplay – $1000, Best Doc Feature – $1000, Best Narrative Feature – $1000, Best Short Narrative – $500, Best Short Doc – $500, Best Short Animation – $500, Best Director – $500, Best Performance – $500, Best Cinematography – $500, Best Editing – $500, Best Musical Score – $500, and Audience Award – $500.
Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, Arthur Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.
Submission fees are waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a waiver code.
To submit your film, go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com or call (530) 362-8601
All Photos by Kail James