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Wild & Scenic Has Gone Virtual!

For the last 18 years we’ve welcomed you to Nevada County for Wild & Scenic Film Festival every January. This year things are different, so we are bringing the festival to you! Between January 14 and 24 you will be able to watch the 2020 lineup of films from the comfort and safety of your home. We realize this will be a big change for everyone but we are here to help guide you through this new experience. 

With the festival occurring over the course of 11 days rather than 5 days we’ve worked to provide you with plenty of time to enjoy everything this year’s virtual event has to offer.

During the event, you will be able to enjoy all the Wild & Scenic programming on our virtual festival site: WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG. We are thrilled to be working with Eventive to host our virtual festival. The platform not only allows for beautiful video playback but also a simple integration allowing for seamless ticket and pass purchasing. The virtual screening room (Coming Soon!) will show all the various content that will become accessible during the festival, including ticketed film sessions and free programming like workshops. Once inside, you’ll be able to browse all film sessions which are organized by themed tracks, just like how you’d experience our films in the theater. Rather than checking out individual films, we curated sessions for you to experience a cinematic journey that links subject matter together in thoughtful ways and to encourage surprising connections. Once you purchase your pass or ticket and unlock your session, the films will play in succession for uninterrupted film viewing.

The virtual festival will still have many of your favorite elements of Wild & Scenic including:

  • Films – over 100 environmental and adventure shorts and features – curated into themed sessions that can be viewed from your favorite devices in the comfort and safety of your home
  • Filmmaker Engagement like panel discussions, Q&A sessions, special live streams, and more
  • Workshops will be available to watch for free throughout the event as part of the Earthjustice Activist Center.
  • Talks and Chats with filmmakers, artists, activists, and more.
  • Art Exhibition is online this year! Explore the artwork, some inspired by the 2021 theme Resilient by Nature, and support artists showcasing the natural world
  • EnviroFair highlights organizations that are protecting the earth and its inhabitants and gives them a platform to showcase their work. Be sure to virtually stroll through the Fair and learn more about how to get involved
  • Self-Guided Excursions will take the place of our usual group outings this year, helping you to still get outside and keep the “Wild” in Wild & Scenic
  • Youth programming to engage young people of all ages. In addition to our three curated K-12 School Programs for various learning levels, there will also be family-friendly film sessions and a Youth Workshop.

About the Sessions

We have programmed over 100 adventure and environmental shorts and features to inspire activism and fuel your engagement with the most timely environmental issues our planet is facing. While the majority films will be available throughout the festival to watch at your leisure, a handful of screenings will be released or take place on certain dates and times. Geographic Restrictions, Availability Windows, and Ticket Caps dictated by filmmakers and distributors may limit the ability to unlock some sessions. This information will be noted within each session where applicable.

In total there are 34 film sessions during the festival. Each film session averages about 1.5 hours in length and contains 3-6 films on average. Some include additional materials such as related filmmaker panels, Q&A’s, introductions, etc. which can extend the total viewing time. Access to workshops, talks and chats, and other supplemental programming is offered for free and does not require the purchase of a pass or ticket.

To access films you will need to ‘unlock’ that title on the scheduled day of its release. Once ‘unlocked’ you will have 24 hours to begin watching your film. Even if you have pre-ordered a specific film, if you forget to ‘unlock’ it on the specific release date you will not be able to watch that film. So mark your calendars and make plans to watch specific films on specific days. Some videos such as prerecorded workshops, talks, and chats, panels, etc. may not be viewable on your TV via the Eventive app.

Ways to Watch (click here for more details)

  • Computer
  • TV
    • Casting
    • Eventive App
    • Connect to computer via HDMI
  • Handheld
    • Tablet
    • Phone


I really want to see a certain film. How do I make sure I get a spot?

While most film sessions are not restricted by capacity or viewing location, some filmmakers do require this. If you are set on viewing a session that does have capacity restrictions be sure to reserve your space early.

How long do I have to watch a film session?

Most sessions are available to view for a 48 hour period once you press play.

When will I be able to watch the films?

Most film sessions are on-demand, meaning you can watch them at your leisure without any restrictions on time and date (as long as it takes place in the Feb.15-25 window). Most sessions are available for 48 hours once you press play.

Types of Virtual Passes and Tickets


  • Watershed Pass $350 – Show your support for SYRCL, Wild & Scenic, and the entire watershed with this all access pass guaranteed to help you make the most of WSFF 2024! Includes access to all film sessions in-person and virtually.


  • Virtual Pass $115 – gives you access to all virtual film sessions

Virtual Passes vs Single Tickets

  • You can only attend this year’s virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival using a pass

How to Purchase a Virtual Pass

  1. Navigate to the Virtual Fest at WSFF.EVENTIVE.ORG
  2. Click on the green “Buy Passes” button
  3. This will present you with the Festival Pass Options for the virtual festival
  4. Make your selection of which pass you would like to purchase and click on the corresponding green Buy button
  5.  This will open the Checkout window where you can select the number of passes you would like
  6. There is also an option to add an additional donation to the mission of WSFF & SYRCL if you so choose.
  7. Click on the “Have a Discount Code” link (in blue) if you have a code to enter (Want a discount? Become a member!)
  8. Enter your email to login or create an account and click the green Continue button
  9. If you have an account enter your password. If not enter your name and create a password and then click the green Register button
  10. Enter your payment information and click on the Submit Payment Information button – and that’s it – you’ve got your pass!
  11. To see the passes you have to click on the Menu in the upper left corner and select My Passes – here you can see how many unlocks you have used.
  12. To add additional items to your order like a membership – repeat these steps for Add-on items

How to Use a Virtual Pass

  1. Once you have purchased your pass, Click on the Virtual Catalog button on the welcome page to Explore the Virtual Catalog*
  2. A virtual pass allows for access to all virtual sessions
  3. Once on the Virtual Catalog page you can explore all of the film festival sessions.
  4. Click on the film session you would like to watch
  5. When you enter the screening room you will see a purple “unlock” or “Pre-order now for free” button in the center of the video screen – click on it
  6.  This will give you the option to choose which of your passes to use, then will open the Checkout window
  7. Choose if you will make an additional donation to SYRCL and WSFF
  8. Choose if you would like to be added to our mailing list
  9. Click on the purple Pre-Order now button
  10. That’s it – you’ve got your session ordered! Below where it says “pre-ordered successfully” you will see when the session becomes available for viewing.
  11. Return to view the screening during the availability window.
  12. To see the film sessions you have reserved, click on the My Tickets button in the upper right corner
  13. To see how many single session tickets you have used out of your total allocated, visit the My Passes page and look at the number of uses listed next to the pass

*Virtual Catalog has been released for you to explore the various sessions, though films will not be available to begin viewing until the dates of the festival, February 15-25, 2024

How can I tell which sessions I have tickets for?

Visit the My Tickets page by clicking on the My Tickets icon in the upper right corner. Alternatively, you can click on the Menu in the upper left corner, then select My Tickets. The My Tickets page will display the list of film sessions you’ve Pre-ordered or “unlocked” using your pass or by purchasing an individual session ticket.

How do I know how many tickets I’ve used of my pass or pack?

Visit the My Passes page by clicking on the My Passes icon in the upper right corner. Alternatively you can click on the Menu in the upper left corner, then select My Passes. The my passes page will display the passes you’ve purchased and alongside that pass it will show the number of uses that pass has.


Can I give a pass or ticket as a gift?

Our system makes this pretty simple. For passes head on over to and select the pass or pack you’d like to gift. Click on the Buy button and when the checkout window appears look for the “Give as a gift” link to the right below the total. Click on that and then checkout. You will have the option to enter the receiver’s email along with a message.

Similarly, if you want to gift just a single session ticket, navigate to that session via the Virtual Catalog:

Select the session you want to gift, then click on the Give as a Gift option below the purple Pre-order button. Once again you will be able to enter the receiver’s email address.


Frequently Asked Festival Questions

*For additional resources, please click here for the FAQ specific to the Eventive Virtual Platform, including help with the mechanics of watching the Virtual Festival on various devices

What is a Film Session?

A session is a grouping of films shown together in an approximate 2.5 hour block. Wild & Scenic programs sessions in Nevada City and Grass Valley on Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, Saturday Mid-Day, Saturday Afternoon, Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning, Sunday Mid-Day and Sunday Afternoon. When you buy a session ticket you have access to all venues during that session specified by your ticket. But please note, all pass holders must buy a separate ticket for the special film events (3D Films, Saturday Morning Kid Films, and Sunday/Monday Night Award Winner screenings). During any given session, there are 7 to 9 venues screening films.

You can filter by Session on our Interactive Schedule. Check out “Filter by Type” on the right side panel, and hover over “Session”. From there, you can search by film session.

Why can’t the Festival guarantee me a spot at the film I want to see?

While most film sessions are not restricted by capacity or viewing location, some filmmakers do require this. If you are set on viewing a session that does have capacity restrictions be sure to reserve you space early.  Currently, the only way to guarantee a seat for the film you want to see, is to support SYRCL at a significant level. Donors contributing more than $6,000 annually receive the benefit of advance reserved seating.

How do I vote for a film?

When can I see award-winning films?

A selection of award-winning films will play at special screenings on Sunday night. There will be a special discounted Local’s Night edition of the Award Winner Screening that will only be available to those viewing from Western Nevada County.  Award winners will be announced Sunday afternoon at the Awards Party.

There are films I want to see that are screening at the same time—What should I do?

In an attempt to accommodate this conundrum, the majority of films screen more than once.  And if you still don’t get to see everything you want, check SYRCL’s Film Library in February to borrow 2021 films (and films from years past) – free for Wild & Scenic and SYRCL members!

How can I meet some of the guest filmmakers and speakers?A film maker speaks with a film goer

One of the coolest things about Wild & Scenic is meeting the great people behind the films. This year we will have a variety of events where filmmakers will be present, such as filmmaker panels, Q&A’s, and more. You can also bump into them in the Virtual Lobby. Some of our filmmakers and special guests will also be facilitating Activist Workshops, which is a great way to get a more intimate sense of their work.


What are the workshops all about?A workshop at the Curly Wolf cafe with lots of attendees talking around a table and drinking tea.

Earthjustice’s Virtual Activist Center enables attendees to learn more about the issues presented in the films and how to make a difference. Or, if you are a budding filmmaker, learn the secrets of industry professionals. And did we mention that the workshops are FREE thanks to our friends Earthjustice?  There will also be other panels and presentations during film sessions throughout the festival.

Is there anything else to do?

Yes! We have workshops, coffee talks and fireside chats, food, virtual wine and beer tasting, our EnviroFair, incredible artwork, and more. Be sure to check out all of our special events – there’s something for everyone – and many events are FREE. Or, take a break from the screen and take yourself on one of our self-guided excursions. If you are local – take some time to enjoy shopping, eating and drinking in Nevada City and Grass Valley, after all, these are pretty great towns! And, of course, don’t forget to visit the Yuba!

Got a little longer?  Visit one of our Featured Eateries for espresso, pizza, salads, sandwiches, gourmet dining, pub fare and ice cream.

The Festival is called “Wild & Scenic,” yet many films are not nature or wildlife films—why?

The film festival was named in honor of SYRCL’s successful campaign to achieve state Wild & Scenic status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River. That victory took many years, thousands of volunteer hours and dollars and grassroots democracy on the river and at the Capitol. The film festival was born out of that spirit and it continues to be an event that celebrates and inspires activism.


More Festival Hints

  • Traveling to Nevada County? Check out the Nevada City & Grass Valley websites for lodging, food, and shopping. For more about Nevada County, visit our Around Town page.
  • Ride your bike, carpool or take public transportation to Wild & Scenic.
  • Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup (the festival does not sell bottled water). Visit our Greening Page for more tips and information on helping us green Wild & Scenic.
  • If you have downtime, consider visiting the Yuba River, the inspiration of SYRCL’s work and a beloved part of life in the area. The closest and easiest point to access is the 49 crossing off Highway 49, 10-15 minutes drive from downtown Nevada City.



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