Ventura Land Trust to host Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Ventura’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival features films such as “The Fog of Big Sur.”

The Ventura Land Trust’s annual benefit, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, returns for its 13th year August 20 at the Ventura County Credit Union Headquarters – 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura.

This signature event raises funds each year to support the trust’s mission to continuously protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for present and future generations.

Doors to the film festival open at 5 p.m. and films begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. A virtual ticket option is available for guests who prefer to enjoy the film festival at home.

Films will include “Trees” (Ventura Land Trust), “Manoeuvres”, “Finding Salmon”, “I am Cheo”, “Protecting the Monarch Butterfly”, “If You Give a Beach a Bottle”, “Shaba”, “La life in the slow lane” and “You can’t beat this place for fun!”

The other films are “The Bird Nerds of Mono Lane”, “Ghost Ponds”. “Vet in the Wild”, “The Voice of the River”, “One Star Review”, and “The Fog of Big Sur”.

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“The Voice of a River” is among the films to be screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Ventura.

“The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a fun gathering of like-minded, community-focused and land-focused individuals,” said Melissa Baffa, Executive Director of Ventura Land Trust.

“Each year, my favorite part of the event is getting together with friends in a beautiful outdoor setting and enjoying the creative and inspiring art presented in the form of film, music and tasty food and drink,” said Ms. Baffa.

She added that the event raises vital operating funds for the land trust. “General operating funds are the cornerstone of a not-for-profit organization. Everything about this event, from corporate sponsorship to ticket and beverage sales, helps raise these important funds for Ventura Land Trust.

Ventura Land Trust owns and manages the 2,123-acre Harmon Canyon Preserve in Ventura and recently announced the permanent conservation of Mariano Rancho Preserve, 1,645 acres of land in the hills north of Ventura.

The 2022 film festival will feature nearly two hours of movies and food from local food trucks. New to the festival this year is a silent auction in addition to the traditional festival raffle.

Beer from Topa Topa Brewing Company, Rincon Brewery and Ventura Coast Brewing Company will be available for sale, along with wine.

Live music from the bands Fish Fry and The Vonettes will kick off the festivities. In the VIP Ventura Vibe Lounge, small bites from Himalaya Cuisine, Aloha Steakhouse and Olive Branch Provisions, and more will be complemented by wine, beer and a cocktail from Model Citizen.

A general admission ticket to the film festival is $40, with $5 children’s tickets available and teen tickets (13-17) available for $10. VIP tickets, which include special gift items and entry to the VIP Ventura Vibe Lounge, are $125. Visit for tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Chris Chaleunrath, Director of Development, at [email protected] for more information.

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Gerald R. Schneider