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.