September 14-22, 2019

What is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival? The Wild & Scenic Film Festival began 18 years ago when a proposed dam threatened the South Yuba River. Concerned citizens formed an organization, South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) which succeeded in winning protection for 39 miles of the river under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, legally preserving it in perpetuity. Today, the Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, reaching more than 65,000 people annually. More than 230 environmental groups, nature centers, museums, nonprofits, outdoor retailers, conscious businesses, schools, churches and colleges worldwide host the festival to raise awareness for their campaigns, attract new supporters, raise funds, and bring global and regional issues to the local level. “The On Tour community is an incredible collection of organizations from every corner of the country who are full of empathy, open-minded, and eager to make a positive difference for the word, their communities, and the environment,” says Sarah Muskin, WSFF On Tour Coordinator. As SLO County’s exclusive On Tour Festival hosts, CCSPA screens films which put our local issues into a broader environmental and social context, reminding us that we are participants in a global movement for a more sustainable world. To learn more about SYRCL and Yuba City’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, visit their website. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Festival Dates & Venues

  • Saturday, September 14th - “Butterfly Ball” at SLO Brew Rock in SLO, 6-11pm
  • Thursday, September 19th at the Clark Center Studio Theatre in Arroyo Grande, 7-9pm
  • Friday, September 20th at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos, 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 21st at the Fremont Theatre in Downtown SLO, 7-10pm – this evening will feature films with a focus on water and we’ll also have some fun extras and an after-party at SLO Brew…stay tuned!
  • Sunday, September 22nd “Wild Child” family film day at the Morro Bay Natural History Museum, 2:30-4:00pm

Attention Local Filmmakers!

CCSPA is a nonprofit organization supporting our local State Parks. We’re hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, September 14-22, 2019. We are seeking submissions of short (<30 min.) films by local filmmakers to be shown during the Festival. Your love of nature and your commitment to helping save our threatened planet.

We’re looking for films which are environmentally focused / conservation minded, and relevant to the Central Coast. Some potential topics might include: 

  • Programs, docents or volunteers in our local State Parks
  • Indigenous people and/or culture of the Central Coast
  • Issues related to local wildlife
  • Highlighting activities taking place on public lands from Ragged Point to Oso Flaco Lake

Sound intriguing? We want to hear from you! Email Alissa Maddren: events@centralcoastparks.org or call (805) 548-0390.

Become a Festival Sponsor! Join Wild & Scenic Film Festival National Partners Peak Design, CLIF Bar, EarthJustice, Klean Kanteen, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in showing your love of nature and your commitment to helping save our threatened planet. As a local organization, individual or business, a tax deductible sponsorship​ offers your company the opportunity to leverage support into creative advertising that will reach a large and diverse audience. With a variety of sponsorship levels and benefits, a Wild & Scenic Film Festival sponsorship offers you the opportunity to leverage your support into creative advertising that will reach a large and diverse audience. To learn more about Festival sponsorship, click on the links below, or contact Alissa Maddren, Membership & Events Coordinator at (805) 548-0384 or events@centralcoastparks.org.

Sponsorship levels and benefits

Sponsorship commitment form

September 14, 2019 - CCSPA’s Gala “Butterfly Ball” CCSPA will be kicking things off with our first-ever CCSPA Gala, the “Butterfly Ball” on September 14th at the SLO Brew Rock. The evening will include a film screening, dinner, live music, dancing, and a silent auction. We are very excited about this inaugural event, especially since we are among the first organizations to host an event at SLO Brew’s gorgeous new event facility. We are currently seeking donations of wine, dining or activity gift certificates for our silent auction. Your business will receive recognition through social media, signage and on-screen at the event, mentions on social media, in the event program, and on our Festival web page. Click on the link below to learn more!

Auction donation form

Tickets and Passes Butterfly Ball Tickets and Festival tickets and passes go on sale in July. Don’t miss out! Email events@centralcoastparks.org to be added to our email notification list for early-bird pricing and Festival info.

How You Can Get Involved This year’s Festival will be bigger, better and more fun than ever, with a variety of venues and activities to offer film enthusiasts, families and lovers of the outdoors. With a top-notch selection of films, the Festival is a great opportunity to raise awareness about CCSPA, our State Parks, and the environmental issues facing our planet. With all these ambitious plans, we’ll need a lot of volunteer help to pull it all off. This is where you come in! Our first planning meeting will take on Tuesday, April 16th at 5pm at the CCSPA office and we’ll be meeting monthly prior to the Festival. We’ll need help spreading the word and getting donations of auction items, as well as volunteers at each of the venues during the Festival. We are also currently looking for sponsorships from individuals, organizations, and the local business community; sponsorships start at 50, and we offer a great selection of sponsor benefits. If you are interested in being a part of this fun and exciting endeavor, please join us! For more information on how you can get involved, contact Alissa at (805) 548-0384 or events@centralcoastparks.org.

Willow Sponsors

New Times SLO

Manzanita Sponsor

Cal Poly

Sage Sponsors

Solstice Green Directory

Gardens by Gabriel

SLO Brew

Central Coast Printing

Robert Hall Winery

Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation

Dudleya Sponsors

American Woodland Conservancy

Samaasa Consulting

Fremont Theater

Pura Vida Bracelets

Marylou Barker Gooden

Poppy Sponsors

Lindsey Harn Group

Rabobank of Morro Bay

Mackey and Mackey Insurance

Oceano/Five Cities Elks #2504

Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation

In Memory of John Dericourt Hurd

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