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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Weekend

1: Get Inspired!

The event will screen 20 of the top short films in the industry in just two days. Selected films showcase how communities around the globe are choosing eco-friendly paths for the future.

2: Learn about Environmental Activism Across the World

Film content & genres will include national and international films about outdoor adventure, endangered wildlife, urban greenspace, sustainable food sourcing, invasive species, and the wonder of our National Parks. 

3: Network

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is offering several opportunities for networking this weekend. The first event is tonight from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in CSU's Bay Gallery at the Corn Center for the Arts. Attend an exhibition of "The Pines" by Chuck Hemard while you network with locals and enjoy food, beverages, and live music by a DJ. (The film showing afterward just sold out online, but check with the box office for available tickets!)

Above photos copyright Chuck Hemard.

On Saturday, the Festival will close with an exclusive Filmmaker Mingle from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Riverside Theatre Lobby. This event is open to All Access Ticket Holders only, and will feature filmmakers from across the nation. Expect food, beverages & the opportunity to mingle with top filmmakers and panelists.

4: There's a free YOUTH Screening!

Saturday, July 28 at 1:00p.m. Wild & Scenic will host a free youth screening for ages 8-18. The selections of short films will teach children ecological awareness and share ideas on how our youth can get involved in creating a greener future for us all. This event will conclude with a screening of "STRAWS" by Linda Booker, and will end with a live Q&A with the filmmaker as well.

5: It's a BIG deal!

According to Wild & Scenic Film Festival's website, the national film festival reaches over 57,000 people on tour every year. In 2017, the festival raised over $750,000 for different environmental causes around the world. There are 200 events on the global tour every year, and 140 films to choose from for each festival.

In addition to these impressive numbers, the festival has been endorsed by celebrities from across the globe. Christopher Beaver, a famous filmmaker, called Wild & Scenic Film Festival "the next Sundance", while other noteable reviews have come from actors like Patrick Stewart and Daryl Hannah. Filmmakers John De Graaf and David Novack have also publicly endorsed the festival.

“I think it should be called the Wild, Scenic & Inspirational Film Festival. This festival is extraordinary and commendable and I’m not going to stop talking about it for a very, very long time.” -Patrick Stewart, actor and activist

More to Know About Columbus' Festival This Weekend:

Online sales have ended due to the popularity of the event, even though it's just the festival's first year showing in Columbus.

All events for Friday are currently sold out online, but the box office will be open tonight on a first come, first served basis depending on available capacity. Arrive early for optimal chance at getting a seat, or stop by to purchase tickets for tomorrow's showings.

All Access Passes are still available for Saturday, and tickets to Saturday's showings were still available as of Friday morning. All available tickets will be sold only at the festival's box office.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival's box office will open at 5 p.m. at the Riverside Theater (6 W 10th ST) with the "Adventure Connects Us" screening beginning at 7 p.m.

Still need an all access pass? Use promo code IAMLOCAL for $20 off your pass! ◼︎

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