The 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival makes a big impact on Nevada City, but also helps increase awareness of so many important issues, organizations and environmental causes.  The mission of the SYRCL annual film festival is a call to action, whether its environmental, energy uses, adventures, inspiring youth to get involved, improving agriculture or showcasing how one individual can make a difference.  Topics included community activism, conservation, climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, Native American and indigenous cultures.  The event included over 150 films at 10 different venues throughout Nevada City & Grass Valley with world premieres featuring food, adventure and conservation.  In addition to the films the event included an art showcase, music, virtual reality lounge, coffee talks, activist workshops, outdoor hikes, parties and more.  There really is something for everyone at this event, whether it was listening to a fireside chat, rubbing shoulders with some of the environmental industry leaders or simply sitting and watching a film.  Thank you to SYRCL and the 700 volunteers that help put this event on.  The Outside Inn is a proud sponsor of the event, click here to see the 80 plus other businesses who help make this event possible.  Nevada City and Grass Valley embrace the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is so many ways, feel free to post a comment and share your favorite film, speaker or experience.  If you’re on Instagram, tag #VisitNevadaCity to share some of your photos from this weekend.  The Locals Night night on Monday at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre is sold out, but remember you can always check out the films from SYRCL if you’re a member.

Festival Winners

Best of Fest: When Lambs Become Lions

Spirit of Activism: Ghost Fleet

Student Filmmaker Award: Anna Chahuneau Pursuing the Monarchs

John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award: Jon Bowermaster

Honorable Mentions: The Silver Branch, Blue Heart, The Weight of Water

Kids Jury: The Arrowhead Traverse

Best Short: Climbing out of Disaster

Special Jury Prizes: The Serengeti Rules, RJ Ripper

Most Inspiring Adventure Film: The Dawn Wall

Persistent Vision Award: Will Parrinello and John Antonelli The New Environmentalists

People’s Choice Award: The Dawn Wall

© 2019 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

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