Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

Nevada City Film Festival to celebrate 20th anniversary online and with drive-in

WHAT: 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHERE: Online at Drive-in: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1 11228
McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA
WHEN: August 28 through September 4, 2020. Drive-in: Gates 6:30 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.

Online Festival Pass $35, Industry Online Festival Pass $25, Pay As You Watch Online
$8 each.

Drive-in: $30 per vehicle with two people, $8 each additional person. Vehicle ticket
includes Onyx Concessions Pack popcorn with two drinks.
INFO: or (530) 362-8601

Despite COVID-19’s best attempts, the show must go on for the Nevada City Film Festival which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The nonprofit Nevada City Film Festival will adapt to the pandemic, moving film screenings online and to an outdoor drive-in which will allow for safe social distancing. Online festival passes will be sold for $35, an industry pass will go for $25, and there will be the option to pay as you watch for $8 per screening.

Since its meager and storied beginnings the Nevada City Film Festival has championed for the odd, the unheard, and the brave. It was dubbed “The Sundance of the Sierra” by Sacramento News & Review and has been a leader in offering support to independent filmmakers and artists, and was recently voted the third best film festival in North America in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice poll.

This year’s fest will be largely online, with over 100 films total being offered, including children’s programming. In addition to the official selections, an online gala/pre-party will take place August 26.

Following a successful drive-in experience this summer which served as its annual Movies Under The Pines series, the theme will continue with nightly films being screened at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Car hop vendors will be available for dinner and ice cream for attendees to enjoy in their vehicles.

No matter the format, Q & A sessions with the filmmakers will be held after each screening. Given that the film festival is offering their online experience for a much-discounted cost, donations are being graciously accepted. A line of merchandise and special compilation record – “Sounds of the Nevada City Album, Volume One” – will be available for purchase as well and will aid in ensuring the fest can remain thriving now and in the future. In addition, the events will be fundraising for the Nevada County Artist Relief fund.

The final evening of the festival will feature The Best of the Fest as voted on by judges and audience members in the drive-in experience. Stay tuned for additional information and screening times.

Keeping with the organization’s unofficial Wild West spirit, Executive Director Jesse Locks said
that it would take more than a global pandemic to keep the festival from adapting and thriving
as best it can.

“We spent 20 years preparing for this moment,” said Locks. “The festival brings together international, independent filmmakers and we like to keep that rough-around-the-edges dynamic. We feel the festival as a whole brightens up the events of the last few months.”