Nevada City, CA, is home to the “Sundance of the Sierra” also known to locals as the Nevada City Film Festival! From August 23rd-30th, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers showcasing award-winning short and feature-length films from around the world to this beautiful historic town in the Sierra Foothills. The week-long celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, workshops, after parties, and more!
Spanning the course of seven days, NCFF will screen nearly 100-award winning short and feature length films, and welcome 45 filmmakers to participate in Q&A’s, workshops and panel discussions.
NCFF kicks off on Friday, August 23rd with a screening at the historic Nevada Theatre, with the 50th Anniversary screening of Easy Rider written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, and directed by Hopper.
This year’s feature films check all the boxes of what an independent film festival should encompass; from promising debuts by emerging directors to seasoned industry favorites taking creative risks to tell new and exciting stories, and everything in between.
Other highlights of this year’s festival include the nearly 100 award-winning shorts and feature-length films, with over 35 of the film’s filmmakers traveling from around the world to attend and participate in Question & Answer’s following the films. Features include a special screening of Ai WeiWei: Yours Truly directed by Cheryl Haines, Desolation Center, The Seer and the Unseen and Carmine Street Guitars. NCFF features a record 11 short film programs made up of 80 films this year including documentary, narrative, animation, midnight, children, adventure, and more! Short films have always been at the heart of NCFF programming, and one of the favorite and unique things about this festival.
The festival wraps Friday, August 30th with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park at 6pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from local and regional food trucks, award-winning beer from Ol’ Republic and the winners of this year’s festival including the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.
Want to win a stay and play package? The Nevada City Film Festival and the Inn Town Campground have teamed up to bring you a package that includes: 2 night’s camping at the Inn Town Campground and 2 Festival Passes to the 19th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, a total value of $300. Package is only good August 23-30th. Post a comment on the Outside Inn’s blog for your chance to win, winner will be announced on Monday, August 12th. And for those who are interested in the stay and play package, there’s currently a special on the Inn Town Campground’s reservation system, get 2 nights of camping and 2 Nevada City Film Festival passes for $160. Click here to book your tent camping reservation now. Or if you just want individual tickets or a festival pass, click here. **Edited to say the winner is Brandi Genovia.
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