Join Wild & Scenic Film Festival this January 14-24, 2021 for more than 100 environmental and adventure films, including 13 world premieres! This year the festival is taking place as an entirely virtual experience over the course of eleven days and will feature activist workshops, an art exhibition, youth programs, as well as opportunities to interact with filmmakers and special guests.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival is bringing our films to you this year, where you can watch curated sessions of shorts and features on your favorite devices from the comfort and safety of your own home. Through our virtual platform, you will be able to purchase tickets and passes that suit your budget and schedule then decide which film sessions you’d like to experience.
Each year, Wild & Scenic unites top filmmakers, activists, and social innovators to inspire environmental awareness and action through film and art. This year’s program combines superb filmmaking, breathtaking cinematography, and second to none storytelling to inform, inspire, and help actualize change. With the event going 100% virtual, this is a great year to give your friends and family the opportunity to experience the magic of Wild & Scenic. Passes and tickets can be purchased as gifts so we hope you will consider giving the present of inspiration this year! Tickets for the 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival are ON SALE NOW!
Hosted and produced by SYRCL, our flagship festival is our largest fundraising event of the year, helping to sustain integral programs such as River Water Monitoring and River Ambassadors. If you are a SYRCL member please keep your eyes out for another separate email with a special member-only discount code! Not a member? Click here to learn about the huge impact our members make in the Yuba River watershed and buy your membership to receive your pass discount.
We are ecstatic to share our 2021 Official Selections with you! Click here to explore the full list of films.
In exploring this year’s theme of Resilient by Nature, festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and more.
Throughout the programming, you will see the theme reflected and be reminded that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. The theme also offers a lens to help us look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.
There are so many wonderful films this year it’s hard to choose which to highlight, but below are a few favorites. Stay tuned for other film highlights and synopses along with trailers, filmmaker interviews & more in the forthcoming newsletters throughout December and January.
What do you do when your son won’t eat anything but beans and peanut butter? Or when you’re an overwhelmed young farmer struggling to keep your farm operating? What happens when all the squash you’ve grown can’t be sold and will be left to rot? Food systems are changing and Sierra Harvest is at the center of making sure there’s enough for everyone. Get inspired by how Sierra Harvest is creating a resilient, dynamic food system that can handle future demand and meet the needs of everybody who calls Nevada County, CA home.
Young Fina lives in San Luis, Colorado, one of the state’s oldest towns. Her family and community keep an historic tradition of equitable distribution of water. She shares how maintaining that practice into modern times sustains the spirit of community and the strength of generational farms and ranches.
In Pedal Through, you are invited into the world of director-lead Analise Cleopatra as she discovers the healing and joy of mountain biking. Analise had never camped or ridden a bike off the pavement when she decided to plan a week-long mountain biking adventure with an all black female team: her best friend and fellow newcomer to the sport, Day Toliver, and professional mountain biker Brooklyn Bell. Together, they traverse the Oregon backcountry on an adventure full of exploration, curiosity, waterfalls, old growth forest, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing. With raw authenticity, Analise shares all the intimate foibles, fear, fun, and beauty of discovering her place in the outdoors. The landscape opens to greet her as she learns to lean into uncertainty, accept support, and trust herself on this wild ride.