Nevada City Film Festival

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 screeningsworkshops, 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.

© 2019 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Kial James Photography and Erin Thiem

61 replies
  1. Diane Richards
    Diane Richards says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win and enjoy this wonderful festival in this beautiful Nevada County community!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Well I think of all the other things you’ve won (a dozen cupcakes?), so there could always be more.. but I appreciate that you love it regardless.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Excited for the person who gets to win, but also super excited for the event as a whole– and we all know that I love the Inn Town Campground 🙂

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  2. Jori Marsh
    Jori Marsh says:

    Nevada city is one of my favorite places I grew up in Cool (about 30 mins from Nevada City) and I still love to visit it now living in Sacramento! Their diverse art scene and of course the emerald Yuba keeps me coming back and makes this town feel like home.

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  3. Antonia Bellucci
    Antonia Bellucci says:

    Wow! What a great prize. I’ve never been to the NC film festival (I know, I know) so this would be a great opportunity to make it happen!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      There’s no guilt allowed, truly if we felt like we “had” to go to all the things that happened in this town you’d have to win the lottery and quit your job. But good luck with this giveaway.

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  4. Larry Bushy Benoit
    Larry Bushy Benoit says:

    As new residents of NC what a wonderful way to be introduced to the film festival of 2019. Films, meeting new folks, food, and camping out. What a great giveaway from Outside Inn.

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  5. Keri Matheson
    Keri Matheson says:

    Love Nevada City! My grandma used to live near by, I haven’t been back in years, but hope to soon! Sounds like a fun event!❤️

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  6. Mamie
    Mamie says:

    I would love to bring my young adult film enthusiast son as well as fulfill a bucket list goal of seeing beautiful Nevada city !

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  7. Mary Lou
    Mary Lou says:

    Film Festivals are a great way to meet other film enthusiasts and are so much fun! I’ve never been to this one, adding it to my list!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Agreed… sometimes just chatting with other folks who are there supporting independent films is just as much! But I do marvel at the opportunity to do a Q&A.

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  8. Deborah
    Deborah says:

    I’d love the opportunity to see the film festival and I’m always ready for camping and smores… I’ll bring extra to share!

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  9. Brandi Genovia
    Brandi Genovia says:

    Would love this! Is there anything better than what Nevada City has to offer? Nope. Thanks for these fun giveaways

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  10. Candace Prokopets
    Candace Prokopets says:

    I’ve been wanting to do a staycation at In Town Campground and I also missed the festival last year because we had just moved and were trying to get settled. So this would be the ultimate package to win! Here’s to trying! Thank you, Erin, for all the ways you give and serve this amazing community.

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    • erin
      erin says:

      Wouldn’t it be fun to have the kids camp and enjoy the pool and the outdoor movies and then you go out and have a date night? I know your mom was open to this idea– maybe she’d rough it and tent camp? (Or go home, which is always an option).

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    • erin
      erin says:

      It is a win-win weekend prize for someone. But if you decided to go camping you could still walk to the screenings in Nevada City (which is fun).

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  11. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out the whole weekend rather than just do the best of the fest. Nice and fun package you’ve put together. Thanks!!

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    • erin
      erin says:

      It actually goes for a whole week, so if for any reason you can’t make the weekend, don’t fret, there’s still more fun during the week. But yes, the best of fest outside fun is always a great option.

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  12. Daisy Simmons
    Daisy Simmons says:

    I can’t tell if you meant Monday August 12, or Sunday August 11, but I’m going to comment anyway because I love both the InnTown Campground AND the film fest — thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Chelsea cano
    Chelsea cano says:

    I just told my friend that since I’ve been sick I need to go camping to disconnect and get back to myself! What a great prize!!! Good luck everyone (:

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