The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind. We leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced ‘circle’), a watershed advocacy group based in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. The organization was formed in 1983 when a small group of concerned citizens banded together to fight against several proposed dams. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status on 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.
The festival celebrates its annual event in Nevada City, CA each winter featuring over 150 award-winning films and welcoming filmmakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action! The films illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. Once the curtain closes in Nevada City, SYRCL shares their success with other organizations nationwide by packaging the 4- day event into a one-night festival which visits 200 communities worldwide. The tour is building a grassroots network of organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism.
The festival’s seven National Partners: CLIF Bar, Peak Design, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly have joined together to support this campaign. They help to bring these inspiring and provocative films to communities across the country. Enjoy the festival!
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