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Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2013
6PM-10PM every evening.

The Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project (SAMWHP) in partnership with "Community Voices" at Dodge College of Film & Media Arts present the 2nd Annual Silverado Film Festival. An official community partner of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Mission: A film festival dedicated to independent filmmakers inspired by the human & natural communities of the Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California and beyond.

A weekend series of outdoor and indoor screenings of independent films in the historic mining town of Silverado, CA. Silverado is one of a handful of rural canyon communities in Orange County that is threatened by urban sprawl, pollution, catastrophic fires and floods, and misuse. Despite being 15 minutes from suburbia, millions of Orange County residents have never stepped foot in Silverado or its neighboring canyons. This festival is meant to attract visitors under positive circumstances in an effort to inspire stewardship, appreciation, and preservation.

Enjoy live music, healthy food from Chef & Urban Farmer Adam Navidi of Future Foods Farms, and Q&A with filmmakers. To honor Huell Howser's local legacy, this year's theme is "In the footsteps of Huell."

The Salty Suites (folk/bluegrass) will open the festival on Friday, September 27th from 6PM-7PM. This talented super group has opened for Dight Yoakam and are finishing a 2nd album.

Trio Dinicu will perform on Saturday, September 28th from 6PM-7PM. The trio consists of three rising stars combining traditional, jazz and classical to create a new sound.

DNA and Friends will perform on Sunday, September 29th from 6PM-7PM. Dave and Anne Hiebert are musical fixtures of the canyon community. They write and perform original songs inspired by the Santa Ana Mountains.

Where: Silverado Community Center, 27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676
When: Friday, September 27, 6PM-10PM
Saturday, September 28, 6PM-10PM
Sunday, September 29, 6PM-10PM

All film submissions must be filmed in or inspired by local natural and cultural resources. Film submissions must be between 1 and 50 minutes in length. Films can be live-action, animated, or mixed media. They can be non-fiction or fiction in any genre, including comedy, drama, action/adventure, romance, avant garde, and documentary.

Film Submission Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2013. Submitted films must be able to play through a digital projector. We are only accepting a limited number of submissions, so please make sure you submit your best and final work.

Submission Fee: $15 per film. Limited to one film per person. Mail DVD copy with check payable to:
Naturalist For You
PO Box 381
Silverado, CA 92676

Download SFF Submission Form and Full Guidelines (PDF).

Audience Fee: $5 suggested donation per person per night. Children 5 and under are FREE. You can donate online, print your receipt, and bring to the festival entrance as proof of your donation. Donation page: http://www.naturalist-for-you.org/donate.htm All proceeds go to event operating costs, prizes, entertainment, food, upcoming festivals, environmental education, and resource conservation efforts.

1st prize=$500.
2nd prize= Santa Ana Mountains: True Stories of a Great Range DVD.
3rd prize=Silverado Canyon history book by Susan Deering.

Supplies: Bring your own picnic dinner, blankets, portable chairs, and appropriate clothing. Depending on available resources, there may be different films shown simultaneously at different areas. Popcorn may be provided.

Please contact Joel Robinson at 714-649-9084 or at joel@santaanamountains.org to submit a film or ask questions.

Would you like to sponsor this event? Download our fiscal sponsorship form (PDF).

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Disclaimer: Silverado Film Festival (SFF) reserves the right to use photographs and films, submitted to SFF, for the purposes of advertising and promoting SFF and its future endeavors. Submitters, or parents of submitters who are minors, who do not wish to comply with this policy must notify the SFF submissions department in writing when they register.

The Santa Ana Mountains Wild Heritage Project (SAMWHP) is a project of Naturalist For You, a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.


Watch Films of 2013:

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Sponsors: Please contact us today about sponsorship opportunities. Download our fiscal sponsorship form (PDF).

Icon Films

Sea & Sage Audubon Society

Community Partners:

Films of 2012:

The Santa Ana Mountains: True Stories of a Great Range

Wild Scene Investigation: Crooks in the Canyon

Mountain Man

Haunted Highway: Black Star Shadow Man

The Holtz Truth

St. Mike's Abbey XL - Holtz Ranch Paid Advertisement Spoof

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