Enjoy some wilderness in the city with award-winning short films that will inform, entertain, and inspire you. It’s wildly popular! 

Experience the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films that give witness to how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action.

This festival connects Wilderness in the City’s work of inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards to the greater global environmental movement. Proceeds from the event fund Wilderness in the City’s ongoing natural resource stewardship, outreach, and advocacy for the Twin Cities’ Regional Parks System.

Featuring Arrowhead Traverse, Minnesota’s own wild & scenic film.Meet filmmakers Maura and Bobby Marko who took their two small kids on a bike, canoe, and hike traverse of Northern Minnesota’s Arrowhead. Voted “Best Kids Film” at the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival..


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A New View of the Moon

Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.

Chasing Wild: Journey Into The Sacred Headwaters

In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia, three friends set off on a 400km bikepacking and packraft expedition to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province.

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.

Hear the Call: Salmon Nation

The remote coast of British Columbia is on the front lines of a battle that will decide the fate of wild salmon and the entire coastal ecosystem that depends on them.

A Letter to Congress

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

Greenland Melts

Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years.

The Arrowhead Traverse

Maura and Bobby Marko are impassioned outdoor explorers who attempt a bold traverse of the Arrowhead of Minnesota by bicycle, canoe, and foot; along with their 3-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter.


When night falls on the mountains, it is by no means time to go to bed for Valentin Delluc. It’s in the dark that one of the best speed riders in the world finds a whole new playground. Like a firefly, it illuminates the darkness…

Where The Wild Things Play

This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Trailer
Clay Bolt

Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and is affectionately referred to as the bug guy,

Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?

Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.

Grizzly Country

After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears.

Flipping the Switch

LeeAnne Walters led a citizens’ movement that tested the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and exposed the Flint water crisis. Narrated by Robert Redford.