NEVADA CITY, CA.  (April 16th, 2021) –  A production of the South Yuba River Citizens League, Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) is pleased to open film submissions for the 20th annual festival in January 2022. WSFF showcases environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, WSFF both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to act.

WSFF file photo by Josh Miller

Wild & Scenic Film 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. The 2022 festival theme is slated to be announced at the start of May.

WSFF is cautiously optimistic that our 20th annual event will be held in person in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA from January 13-17, 2022. If an in-person event is unable to be held for any reason, we will again pivot to a virtual festival rather than postpone or cancel.

A year of adapting to difficulties posed by COVID-19 has left us feeling resilient and more committed than ever to the power of film and its ability to inspire and transform, to heal and unite us, and to give us hope. Despite the challenges presented, WSFF has continued to thrive in its mission to inspire activism through film. From our virtual flagship festival in January to the hundreds of On Tour events around the country, our informative and inspirational programming and format are more salient than ever.

Early Bird deadline for submissions is May 28th, with a final deadline of August 24th. Submit early to take advantage of discounted pricing. Learn more and submit your film at