WSFF Launches 2022 Poster Contest

The 20th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, kicks off in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA January 13-17, 2022 with its flagship event; a community favorite that hosts an average of over 8,000 attendees. Next, the event hits the road and goes on tour reaching an annual audience of more than 85,000 people around the country.

2021, artwork by Steph Littlebird Fogel

Wild & Scenic seeks an artist to design original artwork to be used on all collateral including, but not limited to: promotional and commemorative posters, program, postcards, flyers, coasters, merchandise, website etc. The artist’s work that is selected will be provided a $350 cash prize as well as two festival passes.  In addition, winning artwork will have the opportunity be prominently displayed at the flagship Festival.

For inspiration and insight, here is a link where you can see past year’s posters. We encourage submissions that feature the beautiful natural world, adventure in that world, and activism involved in protecting it.

We are interested in your 2-dimensional original artwork (no photography or 3-dimensional art) with a focus on environmental and activism themes that reflect the Wild & Scenic brand. Artwork should relate to water and our 2022 theme “Currents of Hope”.

Artwork should leave approximately 2” of space for the WSFF logo and “20th annual” at the top of the poster. Artwork should be an 11” W x 17” H high-resolution (300dpi) image with either approximately 4” of space at the bottom or include the following elements:
○ Festival Dates “January 13-17, 2022”
○ “Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA”
○ Festival Theme “Currents of Hope” (incorporating into poster design elsewhere is OK)
○ Website “”
○ Sponsor logos and other information

Submission Requirements: It is free to submit your artwork. Submit your image, not larger than 10MB, via the form below. All submissions must be in digital format as a PDF or JPG. Please label your files as follows: Last name_Title.jpg

Submissions must be received no later than Wed. June 30, 2021 at 5pm (PST)

Notification: Sent via email to all entrants by July 30, 2021.


The Fine Print:

Designs will be reviewed by Festival staff and the decision of artwork selection is final.  The rights to the winning image belong to SYRCL; the artist only retains the rights to the original piece, no reproductions are allowed.  Festival staff reserve  the right to select artwork not submitted through this contest.  All electronic submissions are property of SYRCL and will not be returned.  If chosen, providing “camera-ready” artwork for use in promotional elements is the responsibility of the artist. WSFF may request at least one round of revisions to the image as a requirement to being chosen. By submitting you give permission for us to share your artwork on our website, social media, etc. Only the chosen artist/artwork will be compensated.


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