Imagine yourself off the African coast with hippos, in the swamps of Florida, discovering hidden parts of Rio de Janeiro, or in an octopus garden in Monterey Bay, or seeing the crystal-clear waters of the Bristol Bay in Alaska. These are just a few of the locations featured in the fourth annual NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF).
NTFF aims to spark a passion for nature through cinema. Filmmakers who care deeply about the land have created a cinema connecting people to places around the world, inspiring viewers to care about the natural world and get out there. The film lineup for the one-day in-person portion of NTFF 2021 is now on the website.
This year NTFF will run concurrently with Los Olivos’ annual Day in the Country Festival on October 16. In-person screenings that day will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Stacy Hall in St. Marks in the Valley in Los Olivos. In addition, there will be a virtual festival that will take place from October 17 to 31. Tickets at $ 10 per program block and passes at $ 100 and $ 75 go on sale September 1.
“We are committed to holding the film festival in October to coincide with Day in the Country for years to come,” said Sue Eisaguirre, founder of NatureTrack and NTFF. “It’s a perfect way to combine with the idyllic rural location and gives film festival enthusiasts a chance to experience more than just a movie. They will appreciate the best that small towns can offer, and then some, like world class wines.
“While the NatureTrack 2021 pop-up film festival will only have one day this year, we are already planning the expanded NatureTrack 2022 film festival to celebrate our 5th season of presenting international nature cinema,” she said. declared. “However, we have also decided that the future festival will always be a hybrid festival, so that those who cannot make it to Los Olivos can enjoy the incredible nature cinema that we offer.”
Festival directors didn’t decide to do the festival in person until the end of June, after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. With such a late decision, they were concerned that they would not get enough films submitted, but with only a two-week window open for submissions, they received over 800 films.
More than 70 films from 14 countries were chosen for this year’s event, with 30 of them screened in person on October 16 at Stacy Hall, with the rest screened virtually. Most in-person movies will also be available virtually.
As a bonus, the virtual festival will feature a number of award-winning NTFF films over the past three years. The festival features live and animated feature and short film submissions in Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Children Connected with Nature, Scenic, Student and a special category called Outdoors and Off Limits.
The NatureTrack Film Festival welcomes requests from sponsors and those wishing to support the NTFF. Contact Sue Eisaguirre [email protected] for more information on sponsorship or donor opportunities.