10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Tickets Available Now!

Kentucky Waterways Alliance and The Parklands of Floyds Fork are excited to announce Louisville’s 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on March 10th at the Gheens Foundation Lodge!  We are happy to be partnering with The Parklands for the second year in a row and are excited to be expanding the festival with a number of outdoor events before the film screening begins. events will include: a guided nature hike with The Parklands of Floyd’s Fork, two fly fishing 101 courses with Quest Outdoors, a fly tying basics class with Derby City Fly Fishers, a smartphone photography class with EKI,  and a float on Floyd’s Fork with Blue Moon Canoe! Outdoor events will start at 3:00PM. If you are interested in attending any of these events please register using the link below.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America and we are proud to be a part of the excitement.  In the last eight years, we’ve been able to bring over 1500 people together for a fun and inspiring evening of films.

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, as well as Native American and indigenous cultures.

Tickets to this year’s festival are $15 for members of KWA or The Parklands or $25 for non-members.

Early ticket sales and event registration has ended. Ticket’s will be available to purchase at the door on the day of the festival. Please note, if you bought tickets ahead of time, your tickets will be available at Will Call on the night of the event.  They will NOT be emailed to you

Film Selection

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Conservation Generation

The Colorado River irrigates 15 percent of the nation’s crops, making Western agriculture an issue that is crucial to the lives and dinner plates of all Americans. Conservation Generation is a new short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition that offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West. Despite contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water, the film’s farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages.


For Flint

Michigan’s seventh largest city feels anything but lucky: Stagnant economy. Dizzying crime rate. And a water crisis that has captivated a nation. Flint has taken it on the chin, and is now primed for its second act. The city’s resiliency is emblematic of the can-do spirit of its residents. While Flint has been shaken by a federal state of emergency fueled by the unimaginable, individuals in the community are charting a new course flowing with a hope and optimism that might just make all the difference.


Sky Migrations

Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.


Standing Tall

How can you stop the destruction of an iconic Appalachian mountain, ​along with the history, culture, and memories it created? Ask Jay Leutze, who found the

answer with the help of a 14-year-old girl named Ashley. Together they took a stand to to preserve a threatened expanse of wild lands and to protect the Appalachian Trail.

The Shape of a River

At its core, The Shape of a River celebrates the Mighty Yellowstone as both partner and provider, ever-shaping the land and lives of those along its course and binding us to the very spirit of wildness. The film casts the story of the River through the eyes of those whose lives intersect with it in ways that run deep. Through them, we find a river that is fierce yet fragile, robust yet at risk.



Told by the lives that have been shaped by it, Nowhere is a film about the rugged heart of a wild place. It is the story of the hope and heartache of being drawn into a decades long fight to protect backyard wildlands from industrial development. Beyond just the environmental toll, we are shown the personal costs to those that call Southern Oregon’s South Kalmiopsis region home if nickel strip mining proposals move forward.


Lost in Light

Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.


Canis Lupus Colorado

Ghosts are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance.

They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. Now we’re at a tipping point: the emerging west, the future of our public wildlands, and the health of vast ecosystems are all at stake. And the choice is up to us.


PROTECTED: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait

Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss on these rivers. He shares their beauty while reminding us all about the significance of national Wild & Scenic Rivers program that protects beautiful rivers all across country.



Mothered by Mountains

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner – local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai – they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.


Wild Olympics

Follow paddlers Adam and Susan Elliott as they kayak, fish, packraft and explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. The peninsula’s

wild rivers provide clean water, world-class recreation and unmatched opportunities for inspiration and solitude. They bring jobs and economic benefits to local communities and provide critical habitat for salmon, steelhead and a variety of other fish and wildlife. Wild and Scenic designation–the strongest protection a river can receive–ensures that the free-flowing character, water quality and outstanding values of these rivers are protected for generations to come.

The Nature of Maps

Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. Through their project with conservationist Kris Tompkins and Conservacion Patagonica to map the new Patagonia Park in Chile, The Nature of Mapsexplores the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure and our understanding of wild places.


National Parks are hard.