Make a Film… Make a Difference.

Call for Entries for the 2024 Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA are now open

Regular deadline: August 13 

Late deadline: September 17 

Save the Dates for our festival – February 15-19, 2024. 

The 22nd annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) largest annual fundraiser, is looking for environmental and adventure films from around the world that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.  

Since 2003, we have welcomed documentary and narrative shorts and features about nature, community activism, intentional adventure, conservation, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming.  

Our objective is to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation through stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling.  

Films are curated into themed tracks, which pair projects with complimentary subject matter or ideas to create a cinematic journey for audiences. 

While all submissions will be considered, we are especially interested in projects that interpret our 2024 theme, Reel Action. This theme pays homage to the festival’s mission to inspire activism. 

The festival will look for films that work as a call to action, inviting audiences to learn about the most pressing environmental problems and initiatives anyone can take to improve the natural world and lives around the globe. 

“Whether it’s reducing your carbon impacts, choosing sustainable products, volunteering in your community, or educating others, anyone can be an agent of change throughout the year, and our festival sets that tone,” said Lívia Campos de Menezes, the festival’s director. 

Head over to FilmFreeway for submission guidelines: 

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If you have questions about how to submit your film, contact Lívia Campos de Menezes, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director. 


Environmental Films 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival accepts all films with an environmental theme, including documentaries, animation, shorts, features, and narratives. We look for environmental films that are entertaining, educational, and, above all else, inspirational. We want our audiences to be inspired to make a difference in their communities and the world. 

Adventure Films 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival screens entertaining and inspiring adventure films from all over the world. Topics include climbing, mountaineering, surfing, and more. A particular preference is given to adventure films with an environmental focus. 

Student Films 

Are you a student filmmaker? We encourage you to submit your student environmental and adventure films. We accept documentaries, animation, kids’ films, shorts, and music videos. Films should be informative, engaging, and inspiring. An enrolled student at any level of education must have completed the project. 


We cannot fulfill our mission of uniting the community to heal the earth without seeing the intersection of social justice with the environmental movement. If we want a better planet for all, we must invite and include all voices. Please read our Statement of Inclusion about our commitment to diverse programming and a welcoming experience for festivalgoers. 

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