Submit a Film

Since 2006 the Reel Paddling Film Festival has been showcasing the very best in paddling filmmaking. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities worldwide. The featured films inspire exploration of rivers, lakes, oceans, boundary pushing and a celebration of the paddling lifestyle.


Entry deadline: November 1, 2017.

Questions? Contact our Reel Paddling Film Festival Films Coordinator by email at or by phone at 1-613-706-0677.


To submit your film to the Reel Paddling Film Festival, all entrants For initial entry to the Film Competition, filmmakers are required to submit their film via FilmFreewaypay the applicable submissions fee and include a downloadable link to your film. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online entry form.



  • International exposure of winning and shortlisted films and filmmakers
  • $5000 in cash prizes for category winners ($500/category)
  • $500 in cash prizes People’s Choice Award winner
  • Retail sales/digital download sales opportunities



  1. Sending an entry to the Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations. 
  2. Entries can be of any duration. Shorter films are preferred (2 to 20 minutes). Films longer than 20 minutes should be accompanied by a shorter World Tour version. 
  3. Entrants grant the Festival organizers the right to make Festival versions of films that are shorter than 20 minutes. 
  4. Films can be narrative, story, animated, or experimental and can be entered by professional or amateur filmmakers. 
  5. Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles. 
  6. Screening fees will not be paid for film screenings during the Festival or World Tour. 
  7. All music rights must be cleared before films are submitted. Consent of performers and/or persons appearing in the film must be obtained before films are submitted. 
  8. Films may have been previously entered in other film festivals. 
  9. Entrants grant the Festival organizers permission to use excerpts, not exceeding three minutes, for promotional purposes in various media, trade shows, and retail stores. 
  10. Entrants are required to supply promotional materials, such as still images, for the purpose of promoting the films and Tour. 
  11. Entrants grant the Festival organizers the right to copy the entry in part or in its entirety in any media format to facilitate the operation or promotion of the Festival and/or World Tour. 
  12. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these Rules and Regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided at the sole discretion of the Festival organizers. 



  • All entries will be viewed prior to the Festival and Tour by a pre-selection committee. 
  • Winners will be notified after the premiere.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the best film entry in each category. 
  • Winners and shortlisted films may be the only films screened at the Festival and World Tour. 



  • Best Sea Kayaking Film
  • Best Canoeing Film
  • Best Whitewater Film
  • Best Kayak Fishing Film
  • Best Documentary Paddling Film
  • Best Adventure Travel Paddling Film
  • Best Instructional Paddling Film
  • Best Short Paddling Film
  • Best Environmental Paddling Film
  • Best Stand-up Paddling Film



$25.00, payable in Canadian or U.S. funds via credit card, cheque or money order, payable to Rapid Media. 



You will need to submit your film in either a .mov or .mp4 format. Please use whatever frame rate your project was edited in. The target data rate should be about 4Mbps and the size of the image should be a minimum of 960x540. Audio should be encoded as AAC at about 160kbps. This copy will be viewed through a private password-controlled link by a selection committee and Festival staff.



If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be required to provide a high-resolution version of the film and you will be contacted by the Festival with instructions on how to upload your film to our ftp. We accept either Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes 422 at 1920x1080i/p or 1280x720p, in a .mov or.mxf wrapper. Please submit the frame rate that your film was edited in, to a maximum of 30 frames per second. Audio should be uncompressed PCM, .wav or .aif at 24bit, 48kHz.


Promotional Materials

Entries MUST be accompanied by a minimum of three (3) high-resolution images from the film to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the Reel Paddling Film Festival. 

Preferred Format:

Digital; 300 dpi jpeg and/or Tiff format; minimum size is 4" x 6" landscape or portrait. Please include a press kit and director's CV, if available.

For initial entry to the Film Competition, filmmakers are required to submit their film via FilmFreeway.




For other options please contact our Reel Paddling Film Festival Films Coordinator by email at or by phone at 1-613-706-0677.


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