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Winner winner: Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces 2021 award winners

From a release:

The 19th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival has officially come to a close.

The festival ran 11 days, and was full of people celebrating stories and giving calls to action from around the globe. From the art reception and excursions to the workshops and filmmaker Q&As, this year’s Wild & Scenic was one for the books.

The first ever virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival featured award-winning films, activist workshops, and special guests such as Earthjustice President Abbie Dillen and artist Steph Littlebird Fogel. The festival presented panels on a variety of topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, with members of groups like Latino Outdoors and Save the Redwoods League. There were self-guided excursions, including a hike virtually led by the Nevada City Nisenan tribe, as well as an art exhibition, EnviroFair, author presentations, and much more that rounded out the immersive event.

“I am incredibly proud of what our team accomplished and hope that festival-goers enjoyed our first-ever virtual festival,” said Festival Director Jess Swigonski. “I am grateful to everyone who showed up, supported SYRCL and Wild & Scenic, and immersed themselves in the virtual festival experience. It is bittersweet to see the festival come to a close each year, but despite all the challenges 2020 threw our way, our team was determined to bring inspiring films to our community and create opportunities to engage in environmental and social justice issues. We hope not only was the event enjoyed, but each attendee took away a dose of inspiration that will turn into action in 2021.”

Wild & Scenic is excited to share two special sessions featuring 2021 award winners. Both sessions are available for online viewing now through the end of the day Sunday. Additionally, we have made most of the award-winning films available individually to rent on demand, also available through Sunday. Learn more and get tickets at wsff.eventive.org.

2021 Award Winners

Best of Festival: The Last Ice

Best in Theme: The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Spirit of Activism: Our Mothers’ Land

Most Inspiring Adventure Film: TranSending

Jury Award: Public Trust; River’s End

People’s Choice: River’s End

Student Filmmaker Award: Ellie Stones — The Pangolin Man

John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award: David Abel — Entangled

Honorable Mention: Rebuilding Paradise; District 15; Entangled

Best Children’s Film: Disappearing Penguins

About Wild & Scenic Film Festival

One of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival combined stellar filmmaking, cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come. Festival-goers were treated to a wide variety of award-winning films, including those about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy, wildlife, and environmental justice. Held Jan. 14 – 24, with award winners available through Sunday, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is hosted and produced by the nonprofit organization South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) to raise funds for their year-round conservation work. This flagship festival kicks off a nationwide tour bringing Wild & Scenic films to more than 65,000 people annually.

Source: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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