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The NatureTrack Film Festival features filmmakers selected from all over the world.

Submission for the 2022 NatureTrack
Film Festival will open January 15, 2022.

The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF), the only nature-focused film festival between LA and San Francisco, will be opening its first ever “Pop-Up” NTFF in conjunction with the ever popular Los Olivos “Day in the Country” event, Oct. 16. Following the one-day live screenings, NTFF will offer two weeks of viewing virtually – Oct. 17-31, 2021.

In 2022, NTFF will be celebrating its 5th year, and will call for long and short form submissions in the categories of Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Kids Connecting With Nature, Scenic, Student, and a special genre called Outdoors & Out of Bounds. Juried awards will be determined by a panel of film industry professionals, outdoor guides and teachers. Awards will be given out for Best in Category, Best Depiction of Children Connecting to Nature – the “Dan Conaway Award,” Best in Festival Overall, and an “Igniting Passion for Film Award.” There will also be an Audience Favorite award.

The concept of a Santa Barbara County based film festival dedicated to the outdoors and situated in the stunning natural setting of the Santa Ynez Valley, originated with NTFF founder and director Sue Eisaguirre who conceived the idea for a local nature film festival as an extension of the non-profit NatureTrack Foundation that she started in 2011. NatureTrack introduces school children to outdoor spaces from the seashore to the inland oak woodlands of Santa Barbara County by providing cost-free outdoor field trips. Utilizing local trails and beaches throughout the county, NatureTrack instills students with leadership skills, attitudes and habits for lifelong learning, inspiring them to be respectful stewards of the natural world. Since 2011, over 18,000 students have had the opportunity to experience a NatureTrack field trip. Demand for the curriculum coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom instruction. Sue was inspired to bring her outdoor vision indoors and onscreen for more people to enjoy and appreciate what her docents and students practice and experience in their outdoor “classrooms.”

The NatureTrack Film Festival welcomes sponsor and advertiser inquiries and offers numerous participation levels for businesses and individuals who wish to support the NTFF as a sponsor, partner or advertiser. Please contact Sue Eisaguirre for information on sponsor and advertising opportunities.

Learn more about Buying Passes & Tickets and Venues

Buying Passes & Tickets

Passes, Ticket Packs (6 or 12), and General/Student tickets may be purchased online or at NTFF headquarters. Tickets may also be purchased at the NTFF Tent in Lavinia Campbell Park. Please note a Pass or Ticket does not guarantee a seat, please arrive early to get the best placement in line.

Screening Blocks

A screening “block” may contain multiple films. Each ticket is good for one “block” of film(s). The schedule shows the films that are in each block.

  • Gates Foss Community Center – LO Elementary School (capacity 200 seats)
  • Grange – LO Community Organization (capacity 90 seats)
  • St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church Stacy Hall (capacity 100 seats)