Submissions Open for 2017 Nevada City Film Festival

Jesse LocksNews

Submissions are now open for the award-winning Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF).

Named the “Sundance of the Sierra” and recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2016, the Nevada City Film Festival brings together an ever-expanding regional audience of movie lovers with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning international short and feature length films.

This year’s festival kicks off September 8-15, 2017, in the beautiful Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, CA.  The weeklong celebration of art, music, technology, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music, virtual reality experiences, and other special events.

“Every year we receive around 400 submissions, and view an additional 200 films,” explains Jesse Locks, Festival Director. “We narrow those down to 80-100 films to screen during the film festival. This is the first year we will expand the festival from four to seven days. By having the festival run a full week, we will be able to accommodate even more films and filmmakers.”

Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including but not limited to documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.

Films are screened in historic locations throughout downtown Nevada City that are turned into movie theatres with state of the art sound and projection equipment.

NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including once up and coming independent filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Baskets), Patrick Brice (CREEP, The Overnight), actress and director Heather Donahue (Blair Witch Project, High Country), editor Greg Finton (He Named Me Malala), Academy Award-Winning director Lucy Walker (Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, The Crash Reel), Academy Award-nominated director and animator Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture), director Kat Candler (Hellion), director Rick Alverson (Entertainment), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek, director David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), animator Galen Pehrson, and directors Mark and Jay Duplass, among others.

In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Tig Notaro (Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central), Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast).

Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, Arthur Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.

NCFF takes pride in its renowned hospitality and works hard to ensure that filmmakers have a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting. The Festival creates an easy and intimate forum of exchange and interaction between filmmakers and a supportive and enthusiastic audience.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and all films are eligible for the Audience Choice Award – $500.

Submission fee is waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at for more information and a waiver code.

Save and submit early.

Early Deadline is March 17, 2017,

Regular Deadline is April 17, 2017,

Late Deadline is May 5, 2017.

All filmmakers will be notified by June 23, 2017.

Click here to submit your film or call (530) 362-8601.