Let us be your guide.

There's many facets to this festival - exploring Nevada City is half the fun but you can get your bearings ahead of time with these field notes...


Be sure to book your rooms in advance. In addition to hotels, motels and B&B’s there are also several local accommodations available on and This year’s Lodging Hosts are Outside Inn, Inn Town Campground, and the Gold Miners Inn

For more information about lodging, dining, and recreation in Nevada County please visit the following sites:

Getting There

Nevada City, CA is located between Sacramento and Truckee. The nearest airports are Reno, NV and Sacramento, CA. We are 2 hours West of Reno and 1.5 hours North East of Sacramento.

From Sacramento:
Take I-80 east to Auburn. Exit in Auburn at Hwy 49 towards Grass Valley & Nevada City. Follow 49 about 26 miles to Grass Valley & Nevada City. Go past Grass Valley and into Nevada City. Exit Broad Street and turn left over the freeway.

From Reno:
Take I-80 past Truckee. Past Donner Summit WHERE I-80 and Hwy 20 meet, exit on Hwy 20 towards Nevada City. Follow down into Nevada City. Exit Coyote Street and turn left. Follow down past post office, to 2nd stop sign. Turn right on Broad Street.

From Redding:
Follow Hwy 20 from I-5 through Yuba City and Maysville and into Grass Valley. Merge onto Hwy 20/49 towards Nevada City. In Nevada City, exit Broad Street and turn left over the freeway.


For decades the beautiful gold rush-era town of Nevada City, California has been home to a host of world-renowned musicians, poets, and visual artists, and makes for a welcoming and lively setting for this showcase of creative independent filmmaking.

In 2017, the California Arts Council selected 14 districts to serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County was bestowed the great honor of being home to 2 of the 14 districts – Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. Click for more on our cultural districts.

Between them, Grass Valley and Nevada City are home to the Nevada Theatre, the oldest theater in California, and over 100 arts-related organizations producing upwards of a thousand events a year, scores of annual festivals, street fairs, art walks and studio tours, and a generous base of artists and makers.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered to be among the best-preserved towns of the West.


All Nevada City Film Festival venues are within walking distance or a short drive with separate parking lots.


You’re going to love it. The meters are 25c for 2 hours and there’s parking at all the venues. If it’s crowded you may have to park on a side street and walk 3 minutes to your venue… See?

Theatres & Venues


Nevada Theatre

401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

The Nevada Theatre is California's oldest existing theater building. Silent films were screened as early as 1908, and the theater underwent a remodel in 1909, retrofitted as a movie house. A slanted floor and electric lights were added in 1915. By 1957, it closed because of a sluggish economy, but it was later purchased through public donations and reopened in 1968. Notable past performers include Lotta Crabtree, Mötley Crüe, Jack London, Emma Nevada, Mark Twain, and The Second City comedy troupe.


The Onyx Theatre

107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

From the warm ambiance that greets you in their lobby; their selection of treats, savory snacks, select wine, locally brewed beers, and other refreshments, state-of-the-art picture and sound, plus ultra-comfortable seating in our two, snug (twenty-nine seats each) custom-designed* screening rooms, every facet of a visit to The Onyx aims for more than simply watching a great movie. As a genuine arthouse cinema, they are unabashedly committed to bringing to the Sierra foothills the finest, funnest, smartest and all-around best offerings of independent first-run titles from Hollywood and around the world. Film is at the center of The Onyx experience, and their hope is that the people sitting in their seats will connect with the dramas, comedies, documentaries and other works presented; creating a shared experience in a cozy, friendly environment where you might even feel or learn something you didn’t quite expect, or make a new friend.

Please note: Due to licensing restrictions all showings at The Onyx Theatre are age 21+