Filmmaker FAQ

FAQ for Accepted Filmmakers

Congratulations! Your film has been accepted into the 18th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! We seriously could not be more excited to share your film with our audiences here in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA. We want to make sure you know what’s going on, what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you. Read through the following FAQs, then if you have lingering questions let me know!

Jess Swigonski, Programming Manager


Filmmaker FAQ

Q: How do I find out more about getting my film into the On Tour program?

A: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival held each January in Nevada City, California is a kick-off for Wild & Scenic On Tour which travels to more than 200 communities and continues to grow every year. We think the films are too good, and the messages too powerful to keep them to ourselves! The films are curated by our film festival team from the larger pool of Official Selections. Films under 40 minutes in length are eligible for selection. Choices are made based on a variety of criteria, but you will hear directly from us in November if your film has been selected.

Q: When and where is my film screening?

A: The program and interactive schedule will be available on our website by mid-December.

Q: If I want to attend the festival, how many complimentary tickets do I receive and is there a possibility to purchase additional tickets at a discount?

A: Each film is entitled to the following:

  • Two complimentary tickets to your film’s in-person screening.
  • Two complimentary Four Packs of session tickets for use at the in-person festival, or if you would prefer, two virtual passes good for ten session unlocks.
  • You also have the option to purchase up to TWO additional virtual passes at a 50% discount. You will be provided a code to access this discount. 
  • Access to The Green Room for complimentary refreshments and WiFi throughout the weekend.
  • Lodging in the homes of local residents, application to apply ends December 10th. 
  • An invitation to Private Filmmaker Mixer
  • An invitation to the Filmmaker Party
  • An invitation to the Sunday Awards Party

As a fundraiser for an environmental non-profit organization (South Yuba River Citizens League), we have to limit the number of passes and tickets we distribute at no cost, especially in these challenging times. Thank you so much for your support and participation!

Q: What sort of awesome events do you have planned for attending filmmakers?

A: Not only will you have access to our Green Room all weekend long (which will provide you will free WiFi, food, beverages, and a swell spot to chill), you are also invited to our Private Filmmaker Mixer as well as the Friday Night Filmmaker Party! Complimentary tickets will be provided in your filmmaker packet. Lastly, the you’re invited to attend the Sunday afternoon awards party! On top of all of these events, the festival itself is a buzz of activity with many presentations, workshops, coffee chats, and art and nature walks.

Q: If I requested complimentary lodging in the home of a local resident, when will I find out about my accommodations?

A: You will be notified of your homestay arrangements in late December and into early January. The deadline for complimentary accommodation in the home of a local host is December 10. If you do not submit your housing requests before December 10, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to find you accommodation. If your plans change after you’ve submitted your Attending Filmmaker Form, please let us know as soon as possible.

Q: I’m flying! How can I get from the airport to Nevada City without spending a fortune?

A: There are lots of car rental places at the Sacramento airport, and Super Shuttle offers shuttle service to Nevada City.  It’s not the most streamlined system, but you can take Amtrak to Colfax or to Auburn (both about 30 minutes away), and the Gold Country Stage offers bus service from Auburn. If you are looking to lessen your transportation footprint, make some new friends along the way, and spend less, we will have carpooling options available via the site RickyRides. RickyRides is a carpooling platform for events that allows drivers and riders to connect. If you are driving and would like to offer extra seats in your car for other festival guests, or if you are a guest in need of a ride, be sure to post your offer or need on our RickyRides WSFF event page. Lastly, we will  arrange a limited number of shuttles, but you will need to let us know your transportation details no later than December 10 in order for us to accommodate you.

Q: Am I able to speak in conjunction with my film screening?

A: Of course! Typically, we allot about 5 minutes for filmmakers to speak after their films screen. Please check in with your emcee no later than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of your session(s). If it is not readily apparent who your emcee is, try to find the venue coordinator (an in charge-looking individual with a headset!)

With so many makers and activists in attendance, we try to limit speaking times and make sure we stick to them in order to ensure everyone has a fair chance to speak. If you have a special circumstance, please coordinate with the Programming Manager directly about your speaking times.

Q: Can I table somewhere with more materials relevant to my film?

A: Please! At each venue there will be a table available for filmmakers to set up materials before and after sessions. Again, please keep in mind that we are an environmental film festival and do not recommend having an excess of printed materials. Please keep them at a minimum. If you would like to sell DVDs, we suggest procuring a Nevada County sellers permit.

Q: When do we find out if our film has won an award?

A: The awards party will take place on Sunday at 4-5pm at The Miners Foundry, in the Stone Hall. This event will be free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family. Films that have won an award will be announced over cake and bubbly. If you are unable to attend, keep your eye on our website and we will contact you directly!