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, Broad Street Inn, and Inn Town Campground.

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


325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA Since the 1860s, the Miners Foundry has been an integral part of life in Nevada City. From its humble beginnings as a machine shop during the Gold Rush to its current incarnation as a premier cultural center in Northern California, the Foundry has hosted everything and everyone from town hall meetings and weddings to international musicians, dancers and artisans in their beautiful stone and great halls. Ample parking is available at the Foundry.

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 Stone House

107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA With 10,000 sq. feet of space, the Stone House made the most of every inch of this unique and historical building. The newly renovated Stone House includes an upstairs restaurant, 2 glamorous bar areas, a premier venue and stage for concerts and shows, extensive space for weddings and corporate events, charming patios, a wine cavern and an exclusive 3rd floor penthouse. Their Mediterranean-influenced restaurant features organic, local, farm-to-table cuisine with a seasonally updated menu. And their beverage offerings range from craft cocktails, local micro-brews, regional wines, and an espresso bar. w