For nearly two decades, the South Yuba River Citizens League welcomed audiences to Nevada City each January for the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This year, since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic does not allow in-person gatherings, the format of this year’s festival will change. 

“This year the festival is taking place as an entirely virtual experience over the course of 11 days and will feature activist workshops, an art exhibition, youth programs, as well as opportunities to interact with filmmakers and special guests,” said Eric Dunn, communications coordinator for the event. 

The festival, Jan. 14–24, will feature more than 100 environmental and adventure films, including 13 world premieres, according to a release issued by the South Yuba River Citizens League. 

“This year’s festival theme, ‘Resilient by Nature,’ is a reminder that as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world,” it was stated in the release. “The theme is also a call to look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired design and strategies.” 

Films included in this year’s lineup include, “Rebuilding Paradise,” “2040,” “Resilience is in our nature,” “Pedal through,” “River’s end: California’s largest water war,” “24 leeches,” and “The women who loved giraffes.” 

In its 19th year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, with the flagship festival held in Nevada City as well as a national tour reaching more than 65,000 people annually.

The South Yuba River Citizens League hosts and produces the festival to raise funds for conservation work. 

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