NTFF Directors Home from the Summer Outdoor Retail Market

Trip to Outdoor Summer Market artist David Rollyn creating one-of-a-kind product for sale to raise funds for Keep America Beautiful Big Blue Bear looking in to conference center Directors shooting the rapids KC with Jen at Patagonia Provisions KC playing with SOLE's wine cork board 2019 Partner Stasher FinalStraw

Everybody should go to the Outdoor Retail Market!

Sue, KC, and Holly all made it safely back from the Summer Outdoor Retail Market in Denver, Colorado. What an exciting trip! The Directors made new contacts and were able to meet up with some of the Partners who came on board for the 2019 NTFF. Sue, KC, and Holly really appreciated the opportunity to meet with representatives of these companies and express a heartfelt “Thank you!” personally.

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The market covered almost every square inch of the Denver Convention Center, and spilled out onto the sidewalk in front. Thousands of people converged to learn about the latest products and celebrate all things outdoorsy. The energy was upbeat, everyone was friendly and willing to talk and share about their products.

The NatureTrack “cause” resonated with all of the people that the directors spoke with, and they have high hopes of continuing to add to NTFFs sponsor Partner family.

Back in Santa Barbara county, the directors are catching up on all of the films that have been submitted so far for the 2020 NTFF event. So many wonderful films from talented directors! Submissions are open through September 30 through FilmFreeway. 

The trip was a good opportunity to reenergize with synergy among like-minded nature enthusiasts and brainstorm between the directors about improved experiences for the 2020 NTFF. Sue, KC, and Holly are READY TO ROCK the next NatureTrack Film Festival!

Don’t forget to Save the Date: March 20-22, 2020 in Los Olivos, California!

NTFF Directors head to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market!

Trip to Outdoor Summer Market

Sue, KC, and Holly are hitting the road!

In a few days, the directors of the NatureTrack Film Festival will be hitting the road towards the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO. Known as North America’s largest tradeshow in the outdoor industry, ORSM draws attendees from around the world!

The directors will be sharing information about NatureTrack and inviting companies to check out the NatureTrack film festival. This is a great opportunity to learn about new products/trends and get to know like-minded businesses and organizations who appreciate the importance of getting kids connected with nature at an early age and are eager to support endeavors that get people of all ages excited about going outdoors and utilizing the excellent products they produce.

While there, Sue, KC, and Holly will be able to share information about the wonderful opportunities that abound within the Santa Ynez Valley area. Known for its excellent backcountry, biking, and horseback riding trails, in addition to its close proximity to Cachuma Lake and the Pacific ocean – visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, whale watching and more! AND – after a fun day, we know they’ll enjoy a world-class meal at one of our many top restaurants with a delightful glass of locally produced wine, before snuggling in at a comfortable hotel such as the Hampton Inn & Suites in Buellton or ForFriends Inn in Santa Ynez.

Stay tuned as the directors explore the Summer Market and introduce wonderful businesses to the NatureTrack family!

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Partner with us as we continue to bring inspiring films to the Santa Ynez Valley.

The NatureTrack Film Festival is dedicated to connecting our audiences to the natural world through the power of film.

There are six Partner levels to choose from, each offering a different menu of promotional opportunities for businesses to reach new audiences and show their support for this destination event.

As a Partner, you will have impact far beyond that of just a logo on a brochure. Proceeds support NatureTrack, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to taking K-12 students out on local trails and beaches during the traditional school day. Our mission at NatureTrack is to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources.

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NTFF 2020 opens for submissions in less than 10 days!


On June 1st the 2020 NatureTrack Film Festival in Los Olivos, California will open long and short film submissions in both live and animated form in the categories of Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Kids Connecting With Nature, Scenic, Student, and a special category called Outdoors & Out of Bounds. Up until August 31st there is no fee to submit a film for consideration. Beginning Sept. 1st, a fee of $10 will be required for late submissions. Closing deadline for all submissions is September 30, 2019.

Submissions in all categories will be accepted in both feature and short (40-min or less) lengths:


Films submitted in this category should emphasize exploration and interaction with nature. A journey of discovery about or through our natural world.


Films in this category should focus on nature, positive conservation efforts, or the environment as related in the other categories.


Films submitted in this category should focus on a person who has lived, or is living, a lifestyle that enhances our understanding of nature, conservation, and/or our environment.


Films submitted in this category should focus on positive conservation efforts that work toward preserving and/or protecting nature and the environment.

Kids Connecting with Nature

Films submitted in this category should showcase children connecting with nature through learning, exploring, discovering, or through community service in positive environmentalism or conservation.

Outdoors & Out of Bounds

Films submitted in this category should focus on extreme adventure and athletic interaction with nature and the natural environment.


Films submitted in this category should focus on the beauty, majesty, or exploration of interesting environments that can be found in nature.


Films submitted in this category must be submitted by a student (with proof of student enrollment at the time the film was created). Student films should be focused on nature, positive conservation efforts, or the environment as related in the other categories.

Complete entry application and rules are available at https://filmfreeway.com/NatureTrackFilmFestival.

Films will be judged by a jury of film industry professionals and nature experts. $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded for overall Best in Festival (feature and short). The “Dan Conaway Award” of $500 will be presented to the best depiction of Kids Connecting with Nature, and there will also be a $500 cash award for both the Audience Favorite winner and the film that best “ignites passion for nature.” All category winners will receive a custom designed award.

The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) closed out a successful second year in March with over 60 films screening from around the world. Once again, the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley wine country hamlet of Los Olivos played host to the NTFF to the raves of filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Organizers are looking forward to an exciting third year by bringing an even more diverse and distinctive selection of outdoor film to the 3rdannual NatureTrack Film Festival. All entries are thoughtfully curated and selected to “ignite passion for nature through film.”

NatureTrack founder and director Sue Eisaguirre conceived the idea for a nature-focused film festival (the only one between San Francisco and Los Angeles) as an extension of the non-profit she started in 2011 which introduces school children to outdoor spaces from the seashore to the inland oak woodlands. Sue reflected on the 2019 edition of the NTFF saying, “The growth we experienced in our second year was thrilling for us, and a fantastic validation that the Central Coast area is eager to support and sustain an event that brings nature to the big screen in the gorgeous natural setting of the Santa Ynez Valley. We are excited to build on our success and offer even more international films in 2020 focused on “igniting passion for nature through film.”

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. Volunteer inquiries are also welcome!

About NatureTrack:

NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides cost-free outdoor field trips for Santa Barbara County school-aged children, 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. Founded in 2011, NatureTrack has provided more than 20,000 outdoor experiences for students in Santa Barbara County. Demand for the curriculum coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom instruction.

NatureTrack Film Festival Excited to have Returning Filmmakers for 2019 Event

This past March, the NatureTrack Film Festival debuted in Los Olivos, CA, to rave reviews. During the 3-day event captivating films took audiences on adventures, introduced them to exciting, positive work being done in conservation, tantalized with films that offered beautiful wilderness areas, and got hearts racing watching top athletes test their skills in often harsh environments.

This coming March 22-24, 2019…

NTFF is proud to have some of the audience’s favorite filmmakers returning with their latest films: Oliver Goetzl, Michael Love, Matthias Mayr, Warren Miller Films, Hendrik S. Schmitt, and Chris Smead.

Below are a couple sneak peeks from returning filmmakers. January 1, 2019, visit NatureTrackFilmFestival.org to see the line-up of films planned for March 22-24, 2019.

Oliver Goetzl: White Wolves – Ghosts of the Arctic

If you fell in love with Oliver Goetzl’s America’s National Parks -Yellowstone, you won’t want to miss this story about one of the most intriguing creatures in the far north. Relating that they filmed “the most intense film we’ve ever, ever made”, the award-winning White Wolves – Ghosts of the Arctic is visually stunning and poignant in its honest betrayal of an often, brutal habitat. Goetzl goes on to say his film, “…is the first full-length Natural History documentary on arctic wolves, which shows in detail their astonishing cooperation and dedication to raise their pups in this hard, arctic environment on Ellesmere Island. It was important to me to show the full behavior of wolves out there – also some hard to watch sequences – not to shock and disturb, but to get a clear and true picture of the hardships wolves have to face up in the North and through this, I hope our film will be able to create respect and admiration for those wolves and wolves in general.” 

Matthias Mayr: No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica

Another favorite was Matthias Mayr’s The White Maze. In his latest film No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica, Mayr, along with fellow freeskier and adventurer Matthias Haunholder, travel to Antarctica to ski down mountains that have never been attempted before. Together with cinematographer Johannes Aitzetmüller, the unsupported trio arrive at Antarctica and each haul a 90kg sled, more than 150km by hiking and using kites, to find the “holy grail” of freeriding. According to The Kite Mag, “…it is probably the most dramatic and awe-inspiring snowkite footage we have ever come across. Seriously.” NTFF agrees. This is one of the films that audiences should put on their “must-watch” list!

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On March 22-24, 2019 we invite everyone to enjoy a Film Festival which supports the next generation of empowered nature lovers!

A festival with a cause…

Sue Eisaguirre founded NatureTrack to introduce 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 at the NatureTrack Film Festival so more people could enjoy and appreciate what her docents and students practice and experience in their outdoor “classrooms.”