Ely Film, Art, & Music Festival

Main Event Weekend March 10-11-12, 2023
Extended Showings March 13,14, 15, 16 2023




Since the inaugural Ely Film Festival launched in 2020, at the beginning of the global pandemic, and in spite of Covid-19 making 2021’s festival a fully virtual event, we are excited to continue offering an annual cultural and visual arts festival every March that celebrates a rich film history showcasing the exquisite beauty of Ely, White Pine County, all of Nevada, and the entire intermountain west.

Our commitment to expanding educational opportunities for students, in order to inspire the next generation of artists, musicians, writers, and cinematographers, combined with a dedicated effort to bring quality films, art, and music together with working arts industry professionals, has enabled our Ely Film Festival to grow into the weeklong Ely Film, Art, and Music Festival event.  This Ely F.A.M. Festival is a celebration that seeks to enlighten and entertain festival goers from all over the world and highlight the diverse perspectives and unique artistic expressions that have colored our home city for one hundred and fifteen years.

Mark your calendars for March 10-12, 2023 for our main event weekend, with extended shows, performances, and viewings March 13- 16th.  Make your Ely lodging reservations today!

Ely Film Art Music Festival 2022 Poster
2022 Ely Film, Art, & Music Festival Poster


Ely Film History

Ely has a long standing history of being photogenic and embodying the character of the open west. With it’s historic buildings and train, gorgeous mountain landscape, and friendly community, Ely has been a great place to film since the 1920’s.

Movies filmed in Ely and White Pine County: The Covered Wagon, Operation Haylift, Lust for Freedom, Once Upon a Texas Train, Guncrazy, Roadside Prophets, My Blueberry Nights, Rat Race, Infernum, Reaptown, Horror in the High, Desert, Horror in the High Desert ll, The Great Darkened Days, Poderoso Victoria, Wizard of Mars, 

Ely Film Festival and the Northern Nevada Railway
Ely Film Festival 2022
Commissioned art for the 2022 Ely Film Festival.
2021 Ely Film Festival


Central Theatre

Built between 1939 and 1941, Ely’s Central Theatre evokes the grandeur of the Art Deco movement. Originally built as a 725-seat theater, The Central was advertised as “The Finest Theater in Eastern Nevada”. The one story building features its original vertical central neon sign over the marquee. Preserved over the years, visitors still can experience lavish colors, decor, and rich fabrics. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1993.  Ely’s Central Theatre celebrated its 80th birthday on March 29, 2021!
The Historic Central Theatre in Ely, Nevada


Ely Nevada

Ely is Nevada’s best mountain town, boasting an elevated quality of life as the heart of the Great Basin. Connect with Nevada’s rich history at the Nevada Northern Railway and the White Pine Public Museum. Get into the mountains for the best hiking and mountain biking in the Silver State. Cast a line  or camp at our state parks and recreation areas. Take in the majestic Mt. Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park and explore Lehman Caves.  Ely is the epicenter of activity in Eastern Nevada and your key to discovering the character of this melting pot community through its public art.

Ely Film, Art, & Music Festival

About Us

The Ely Film, Art, & Music Festival celebrates Ely's rich film history. This annual event showcases the cinematic creations filmed here over the years and gives platforms to highlight independent, student, and novice filmmakers, artists, and musicians. 

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Movies Filmed in Ely and White Pine County

  • Roadside Prophets
  • GunCrazy
  • Horror in the High Desert
  • Wizard of Mars
  • Rat Race
  • My Blueberry Nights
  • The Great Darkened Days
  • Ponderoso Victoria
  • Play Dead
  • Operation Haylift
  • The Covered Wagon
  • ReapTown
  • The Great Basin
  • LIE
  • Lust for Freedom
  • Once Upon a Texas Train
  • Infernum
  • Windows of Heaven
  • Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West
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