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, recently closed its submissions. Sue Eisaguirre, Founder and Director of the NTFF said, “Like last year, 2018, the selection process was both thrilling and difficult, due to the hundreds of incredible entries we had to choose from. In fact, we had to extend our notification deadline to fully evaluate the many worthy submissions we received. 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 2019, NTFF called for long and short form submissions in the categories of Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Kids Connecting With Nature, Scenic, Student, Music Video (short only) 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 Student Film, Best in Category, Best Depiction of Children Connecting to Nature – the “Dan Conaway Award,” and overall Best in Festival. There will also be an Audience Favorite award. All category winners will receive a custom award designed by Kristen Cramer of Global Eye Art Collective www.geartco.com.
The NatureTrack Film Festival kicks off on Friday, March 22nd 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 half day of programming and a closing reception. 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.
Filmmaker panels, Q&As and “Meet & Greets” 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.
The NatureTrack Film Festival gratefully acknowledges our sponsors: The Natalie Orfalea Foundation, Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Hampton Inn & Suites, VisitSYV, M. Special Brewing Company, El Rancho Market, The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County, Global Eye Art Collective, Noozhawk, 94.9 KPIG Radio SLO, Community Environmental Council and St. Marks-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.