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- Start Date:
- March 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
- End Date:
- March 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) has selected films from over 20 different countries for the inaugural event scheduled for March 23 – 25 in Los Olivos, CA. Films from around the world were submitted in a variety of categories, with close to 60 selected for the film festival that truly ignite passion for nature through film. Juried awards determined by a panel of film industry professionals, outdoor guides and teachers will be given out for Best in Category, which includes the Children Connecting with Nature – “Dan Conaway Award,” overall Best in Festival, and an Audience Favorite award.
The NatureTrack Film Festival will kick off with an opening reception, Friday, March 23, 4-6pm, at the historic and newly reopened Mattei’s Tavern prior to screenings that day. A full slate of films will be offered on Saturday, and the festival will conclude on Sunday, March 25, with a half day of programming and a closing reception, 3:00-4:30pm, at The Bear and Star restaurant within the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, where awards will be presented. During the extended weekend, films will screen at three venues in Los Olivos: the Santa Ynez Valley Grange, the Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School, and St. Mark’s In-The-Valley Church. For more details visit www.naturetrackfilmfestival.org.
Saturday night, the festival will offer a free outdoor screening of Under an Arctic Sky, a visually stunning and heart-pounding film about surfing in the ice-filled arctic waters off Iceland. Bring the family and a blanket, grab some popcorn and hot chocolate and join us on the patio of the Corner House Cafe for this fun evening of cinema under the stars. Under an Arctic Sky will screen promptly at 8:00pm.
Filmmaker “Meet & Greets” are planned for local food and wine establishments, along with special bonus and repeat screenings of select films. NatureTrack will also offer docent-led hikes for those wishing to take advantage of the abundant natural beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley for a more immersive outdoor experience. Not-to-be-missed falconry and drone demonstrations will also take place during the NatureTrack Film Festival.
The following passes and punch cards for the first ever NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) are on sale now at www.naturetrackfilmfestival.org
$25 Punch card good for 3 films (a $5 savings off a regular ticket) and $50 Punch card good for 7 films (a $20 savings off a regular ticket).
$200 Patron Pass – provides for a care-free festival experience with access to all film pass lines for all films, priority entry for 1 workshop, free admission to opening and closing receptions, access to the VIP lounge, and 1 bottle of NatureTrack Film Festival wine.
$400 Epic Pass – provides for an all-inclusive festival experience with immediate access to all films and workshops (up to 15 min. before show times), free admission to opening and closing receptions, access to VIP lounge, 1 NTFF seat cushion, 1 NTFF re-useable 16oz. stainless steel tumbler, and 2 bottles of NatureTrack Film Festival wine. Also included with the Epic Pass is a special winemaker dinner at Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro with attending NTFF directors, and featuring a presentation by filmmaker and UCSB professor Chris Jenkins discussing the legacy of the iconic Mutual of Omaha program Wild Kingdom, including a demonstration of the original cameras and equipment used to shoot this groundbreaking TV show. Complimentary transportation from Los Olivos to Bottlest and back will be provided. (Advance reservations required).
NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides cost-free outdoor field trips for Santa Barbara County school-aged children, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout the county. NatureTrack instills students with leadership skills, attitudes and habits for lifelong learning, inspiring them to be respectful stewards of the natural world. Founded in 2011, more than 16,000 students have had the opportunity to experience a NatureTrack field trip. Demand for the curriculum coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom instruction. In support of NatureTrack, $100 of the Epic Pass purchase is tax deductible.
$ 7 Student or Child tickets/per film (student ID required) and $10 Regular tickets/per film will be available for purchase during the weekend at the NTFF Hospitality Center and at each screening venue.
The NatureTrack Film Festival is proud to partner with the following businesses and organizations: Terravant Wine Company; Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro; Visit Santa Ynez Valley; M. Special Brewing Company; Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; Mattei’s Tavern; Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton; Dos Carlitos Restaurant & Tequila Bar; Community Environmental Council; Honey Paper; Noozhawk; El Rancho Marketplace; Rabobank; Corner House Cafe; The Bakery Farmstand; Global Gardens; Larner Wines; and Torretti Family Vineyard.
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