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Nevada City Film Festival in running for Readers’ Choice travel awards

Jesse Locks
Special to The Union

Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has been nominated in USA Today’s 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. Their expert panel selected the local festival as a contender for Best Film Festival, which just launched. Also included on the list is such iconic film festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Telluride, and smaller niche festivals like Dances With Films and Slamdance.

The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends March 2, and the winners will be announced on 10Best on March 13.

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“We are blown away!” said Jesse Locks, executive director of the Nevada County Film Festival. “It’s such an honor for our community to be mentioned alongside these famous, well-respected film festivals. Here is our chance to show the world how much Nevada County loves and supports independent filmmaking and filmmakers.”

Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent film, music and comedy, along with attracting thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to Western Nevada County.

NCFF is often referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema and showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. In 2019, NCFF was named for the second time by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth the submission fee for filmmakers.

This year’s festival kicks off Aug. 28 to Sept. 4, with a week-long festival features indoor and outdoor film screenings, panels and workshops for filmmakers and festival attendees, filmmaker Q&A’s and coffee talks, after-parties, virtual reality experiences, nature hikes and outdoor excursions, and other special events.

At press time, NCFF was currently ranked No. 6 on the list.

“NCFF is definitely the smallest and probably the least known of the film festivals on the list,” Locks said. “No matter where we land on the list, this is an amazing opportunity that raises the profile of our community on a national level, which can go on to help with attracting tourism dollars, new businesses, awareness of our thriving arts community and so much more.”

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