Where Activism Gets Inspired!


SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 23rd annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will occur February 13-23, 2025. Once again, the festival will put together another incredible selection of films to change your world. 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. This year the festival will also be available virtually and in person.

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films 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 award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, etc.

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. It reminds people that they all participate in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. After the February festival, Wild & Scenic goes on tour around the country, spreading the messages in the films at more than 100 events hosted by other organizations that use the festival to inspire activism in their communities.