Staff Report

The NatureTrack Film Festival, the only nature-focused film festival between San Francisco and Los Angeles, will return to Los Olivos on March 20-22, 2020.

Festival organizers plan to will build on two successful years, bringing an even more diverse and distinctive selection of outdoor film to the third NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF). Entries are curated and selected to “ignite passion for nature through film.”

In just two years, the NatureTrack Film Festival has already attracted the attention of filmmakers around the world. The inaugural festival resulted in more than 1,500 film submissions and featured notable outdoor filmmakers such as Chris and Keith Malloy, Jeff Johnson, and Chris Burkard. Other artists traveled from as far away as Germany, England and Pakistan to showcase their films.

This year, Netflix premiered an episode of its hit documentary series “Our Planet” at the festival. Renowned filmmaker and National Geographic photographer James Balog, of “Chasing Ice,” brought his newest film “The Human Element” to the 2019 NTFF.

“With Santa Barbara County being the birthplace of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement, it’s an ideal location for a film festival that has been enthusiastically embraced by locals, filmmakers and visitors alike,” said Sue Eisaguirre, the festival’s founder and director. “In Los Olivos, visitors can enjoy a small-town vibe with world-renowned wineries and restaurants to make their film festival experience even more enjoyable.”

The 2020 NatureTrack Film Festival will showcase long and short film submissions in both live and animated form in the categories of Adventure, Animation, Biography, Conservation, Kids Connecting with Nature, Scenic, Student, and a special category called Outdoors & Out of Bounds.

Tickets went on sale November 1. A VIP All-Access Pass is $200. Individual tickets are $10; six- and 12-packs of tickets are available for $50 and $90, respectively. The festival offers discounted student tickets as well. Tickets can be at

The NatureTrack Film Festival welcomes sponsor and advertiser inquiries and offers numerous participation levels for businesses and individuals wishing to support the festival. Contact Eisaguirre at or 805-886-2047 for more information.