Call for Entries-Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces their annual Call for Entries, open now through the submission deadline of September 30, 2011. The tenth annual festival takes place January 13-15, 2012, in downtown Nevada City.

The largest festival of its kind in the United States, Wild & Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure films that aim to inspire and educate. In 2010, the festival received over 350 entries for a final official selection of approximately 115 films. The Wild & Scenic then travels to over 115 locations in the United States and internationally. The “on tour” program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for worldwide exposure of their film.

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. All films must be formally submitted through the online service, Details for submitting are also included on the festival’s website,

Says Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer, Leslie Jacobson, “SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases a wide range of environmental and adventure films. We look for films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational.”

Founded in 2003, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The festival brings together films, speakers, filmmakers, environmental activists, and celebrities from around the world to celebrate environmental filmmaking. The three-day weekend event held annually each winter in Nevada City, CA, features films, workshops, wine tastings, receptions, awards ceremony, and more. Past special guests include Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, poet Gary Snyder, actors Patrick Stewart, Daryl Hannah, and Peter Coyote, and activists Julia Butterfly, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher, Randy Hayes and Colin Beavan.

Since 1983, SYRCL has been committed to the protection, preservation and restoration of the greater Yuba Watershed. The organization works to fulfill its mission by aggressively seeking environmental solutions through the tools of education, organization, collaboration, litigation and legislation. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival serves as a way to further expand their message and raise support for its campaigns.

Tickets, plus the official selection of films and events for the 2012 festival will be available beginning in December. For more information visit:

A very Wild & Scenic Wine Stroll, Sat, Jan 15, 4-6pm

539308_lJoin other festival-goers and filmmakers in discovering Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s hometown of Nevada City, CA during the 2nd  Annual Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Wine Stroll, Saturday 4-6pm.  Visit local businesses, chat with merchants, and learn the history of our charming town while enjoying a sampling of local Foothill wines  and beers.  Participating merchants, wineries, and breweries include:

  • APPLE Center, 412 Commercial Street, pouring Clif Family Wine and Sierra Nevada Beer
  • Java Johns, 306 Broad St – pouring Clavey Wines
  • Bel Capelli Salon, 227 Broad St – pouring Avanguardia Wines
  • Mowen Solinsky, 225 Broad St – pouring Nevada City Winery
  • The Earth Store, 310 Broad St – pouring Pilot Peak Winery
  • Indian Springs, pouring Indian Springs
  • Mana Beads,  417 Broad St – pouring BYOB
  • Download Wine Stroll Map

Separate ticket required, available at Festival Headquarters, 210 Broad Street (Alpha Building) for $15.

Thank you to the participating businesses and wineries.

Please visit the Nevada City Chamber site for information on Nevada City and our local wineries. For more information on SYRCL’s 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival go to


SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-16, 2011

WSFF_2011posterJanuary 14-16, 2011, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities.  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.  In total, Wild & Scenic will show 110 films, 62 of which are premieres, in 7 locations in downtown Nevada City and host over 100 filmmakers and activists.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.

This year’s special guests include Yvon Chouinard – the famed rock climber, environmentalist, and founder of the outdoor apparel and equipment company Patagonia .  Patagonia, has been a long time supporter of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and it’s touring festival and we are extremely excited to share the Wild & Scenic home festival with Chouinard as this is his first time attending.  Chouinard will be at the festival supporting the film 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.  Directed by Chris Malloy, 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows writer and photographer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to protect it.  The film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there.

Other special guests includes Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gary Snyder.  Frequently described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”, Snyder is a founding intellect, essayist and leader of the new environmental awareness that supports legislation and preservation without losing sight of direct wild experience – local people, animals, plants, watersheds and food sources.  Practice of the Wild, a film about Snyder that features vintage footage and a current and in depth conversation between he and fellow poet and novelist Jim Harrison, will be one of this year’s festival features.  Following the film, Snyder along with Randy Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, will lead a conversation on environmental activism and take questions from the audience.

Also attending this year is filmmakers, professional kayakers, and National Geographic Young Explorer grantees Andy Maser and Trip Jennings who will premiere their film Spoil and Maser will also share The Greatest Migration.  Returning to the film festival is award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker and National Geographic adventurer Jon Bowermaster and Global Exchange and the Green Festival’s co-founder Kevin Danaher.

Festival-goers can also enjoy children’s Saturday morning cartoons, art shows, wine strolls, VIP parties, live music and more at this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

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