The NatureTrack Film Festival features filmmakers selected from all over the world.
The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF), the only nature-focused film festival between LA and San Francisco, will be opening for submissions for its 2020 event on June 1, 2019. Sue Eisaguirre, Founder and Director of the NTFF said, “The 50 plus films we finally select will definitely ignite a passion for nature in our audiences and show film-goers things they’ve never seen before."
For 2020, NTFF 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 NatureTrack Film Festival kicks off on Friday, March 20th with an al fresco opening reception in the courtyard of St. Mark’s In-the-Valley Church prior to screenings that day and evening. A full slate of films will be offered on Saturday, and the festival will conclude on Sunday with a closing reception and Award ceremony. Films will screen at three venues in Los Olivos: the Santa Ynez Valley Grange, the Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School, and St. Mark’s in-The-Valley Church.
Discussion panels and Q&As are all in the mix for the second NatureTrack Film Festival, along with special bonus and repeat screenings of select films. NatureTrack will also offer docent led hikes for those wishing to take advantage of the abundant natural beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley for a more immersive outdoor experience.
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 sue@NatureTrackFilmFestival.org for information on sponsor and advertising opportunities.
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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.
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)