NatureTrack Film Festival Returns to Los Olivos March 22 – 24, 2019

Posted on Jul 11 by SEASONS Magazine

Keith Malloy & Nature Track Film Festival producers, courtesy photo.

Keith Malloy & Nature Track Film Festival producers. Photo courtesy of NatureTrack Film Festival.

NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) returns to Los Olivos March 22 through 24, 2019, and they are now accepting film submissions for the following categories: Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Kids Connecting With Nature, Scenic, Student, Music Video, and Outdoors & Out of Bounds. 

NatureTrack is a nonprofit that provides cost-free outdoor field trips for Santa Barbara County school-aged children, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout the county. Founder and director Sue Eisaguirre introduced the idea for a local nature film festival in hopes of “ignit[ing] passion for nature through film.” 

Last year, NatureTrack Film Festival made its debut in Santa Ynez Valley, attracting local and visiting film-junkies. The festival received over 1,500 film submissions which resulted in 60 screenings over the three-day festival weekend. In 2019, organizers are looking to bring a diverse selection of outdoor films. 

Entered films are judged by a jury of film industry professionals and nature experts. The overall Best in Festival feature or short film is awarded $1,000 cash prize. In addition, the film with the best depiction of Kids Connecting with Nature is given the “Dan Conaway Award” and $500. The Audience Favorite winner will also receive $500. 

Be sure to submit your film for consideration before August 31 as there will be a fee for late submissions. The final deadline for submissions is September 30. To view the entry application and rules, visit https://filmfreeway.com/NatureTrackFilmFestival. 

For more information, visit their website https://naturetrackfilmfestival.org. NatureTrack Film Festival can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Emma Sheridan

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