CommUNITY – WSFF Announces 2023 Theme and Call for Entries

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WSFF Unveils Theme for 2023

Wild & Scenic has announced “CommUNITY” as the official 2023 theme. Faced with unprecedented climate crisis challenges, WSFF and its programming aim to focus attention on the importance of approaching these diverse and complicated challenges as a unified community. Together, we can still make the changes that our planet demands of us.

2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).  Founded on the premise that “people can save a river”, SYRCL has been uplifting the community by uniting and engaging with local citizens to protect and restore the Yuba River Watershed for decades. With this in mind, Wild & Scenic’ s theme focuses on the importance of approaching challenges as a unified community, and reflects the significance of grassroots movements in protecting nature for future generations. 

The festival team is excited to celebrate with its community around the power of film to bring diverse people and ideas together, heal, and give hope. Despite the challenges presented in the last two years, WSFF has continued to thrive in its mission to inspire activism through film. From the  flagship festival in February to the hundreds of On Tour events around the country, its informative and inspirational programming and format have helped unite communities near and far. 

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Wild & Scenic is Moving to February 

After two decades of holding festivities in mid-January, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF), produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), is announcing a change in festival dates. In 2023, the festival will be held President’s Day weekend, February 16-20.

“The decision to change the dates of this perennial community favorite was not an easy one, but we’re confident that the move will best ensure the festival’s ability to thrive for many more decades to come,” said Festival Director Lívia Campos de Menezes.

Film Submissions Now Open for WSFF 2023

Film submissions for WSFF 2023 opened via FilmFreeway on April 29th. The 21st annual festival welcomes the submission of shorts and features about nature, community activism, conservation, intentional adventure, health, water, energy, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, food, and farming. Special consideration is given to those films that explore the annual theme.

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

Submissions will be accepted in three categories: Environmental, Adventure, and Student Film. While all films will be considered, we are especially interested in films that interpret 2023 theme of “CommUNITY.”

Important Dates:

July 22, 2022 – Regular Deadline ($45)
Aug. 13, 2022 – Late Deadline ($50)
Sept. 2, 2022 – Final Deadline ($65)
Nov. 1, 2021 – Notification Date

Feb. 16-20, 2023 – Event Date

Ready to submit your film? Call for Entries is now open!

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