13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us for a night of inspiring short films, from the safety and comfort of your own home!

Get your ticket here.

Tickets are by donation through the ticketing system (link above). A donation of $10 or more enters you in this year’s raffle (featuring swag from our national partners, Ben & Jerry’s pint coupons, and Lake Champlain Chocolates). Each household only needs one ticket to view the films. Some ticket options include VNRC memberships and an additional donation. We are grateful for your support!

To get your ticket, click on the link above, select Register Now, and choose Sign Up on the ticket option you wish to select. You will be asked to enter your name, email, and a password into Qudio, the film-viewing platform.

After you enter your information, choose your ticket on the following screen. Once you register, you will be emailed a link to the films. They will start at 6:30pm on April 8th (Please log in a few minutes early to make sure you don’t miss the start of festival).

We’ll see you then! (For any questions, email Colin Keegan at ckeegan@vnrc.org.)

Silent Auction

The silent auction is back this year! Check out the items ahead of time, and start bidding at 9am on April 1st! The auction will remain open until 11pm on Sunday, April 11th.

Like the films, the auction will be held virtually this year. Prizes will be mailed out to winners the week after the film festival. Thank you to our generous auction donors: The Alchemist, Ben & Jerry’s, Frost Beer Works, Shelburne Farms, Bee’s Wrap, and more!

If you have any questions about the silent auction, please email Colin Keegan at ckeegan@vnrc.org.

Film Program

If We Take Care of the Land and Water, It Takes Care of Us
Young Fina, of San Luis, Colorado, shares how maintaining a historic tradition of equitable distribution of water into modern times sustains the spirit of community and the strength of generational farms and ranches.

Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash

Stories from the Blue: Million Waves Project
“What if doing something was better than doing nothing?” That’s the question that sparked the Million Waves Project, which works with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary to turn marine debris into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.

Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life
A 5-minute journey into how these practices can heal the land, influence our food systems, and, in turn, nourish our health.

Pedal Through
Despite never having camped or ridden a bike off road, Analise Cleopatra set out on a week-long bikepacking journey of self healing and growth with an all-Black female team. The three traverse the backcountry and discover waterfalls, old growth forests, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing. With raw authenticity, Analise shares all the intimate foibles, fear, and joy while finding her place in the outdoors.

Penguins on Elephant Island by Liam Quinn, via Wikimedia Commons

Last Call for Moose Mountain
In Minnesota, backcountry skiers are fighting to protect their most coveted terrain. Moose Mountain, located in Superior National Forest, is the crown jewel of skiable terrain in Minnesota. A local ski resort has applied for permission to develop this public land in a massive expansion. Superior Highland Backcountry, a grassroots group of backcountry skiers, offers an alternative vision.

Disappearing Penguins
A team of scientists travels to Elephant Island, a remote island off the Antarctic peninsula, to find out how its penguin population is faring.

Words Have Power
10-year-old Jaysa from Bridgeport, Connecticut tackles environmental racism in her community and strives to shut down the harmful coal-fired power plant in her neighborhood.


The Crown
Thru hiker, veteran, and Merrell Ambassador Will “Akuna” Robinson becomes the first African American male on record to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. 

A view from the Pacific Crest Trail by Jason Hollinger via Wikimedia Commons

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
For 15 years, Mozambique was engulfed in a brutal civil war that devastated human and wildlife populations alike. Now, in part by focusing on empowering and educating women, Gorongosa National Park has become a model of successful conservation efforts.

Feathers in Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project
Inside a cutting-edge effort called the Bird Genoscape Project (BGP) that gathers data on birds’ genomes from individual feathers, allowing researchers to connect breeding and wintering populations and provide critical information to conservationists. The project brings together researchers from all over the Americas in an effort to protect the birds that tie the Western Hemisphere together.

Southwestern willow flycatcher. Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS via Wikimedia Commons

The River Guards
Faced with the environmental and health crisis of a contaminated river and city, a dedicated community of grassroots activists in western Massachusetts have fought against corporate negligence and government bureaucracy for over 30 years. Discover how they are approaching an uncertain future.

Resilience is in Our Nature
A hopeful snapshot of the Portland, Oregon community, this film captures the resilience that can be found within us and around us. Whether it’s putting a mask on and enjoying the outdoors, learning how to thrive and grow in quarantine, or a small business adapting and staying afloat – this film celebrates the fabric of community, and what it means to be resilient.

Thank you to our generous local sponsors!

With appreciation for the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s national partners!