PALMER RAPIDS, ON, February 28, 2017
With an audience of avid paddlers and their friends at the Royal Theatre in Toronto, Ontario the Reel Paddling Film Festival’s founder and producer Scott MacGregor emceed an evening of camaraderie and humor marking the premiere of the 12th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour. MacGregor announced the ten award winning films and the premiere host The Complete Paddler used the annual event to raise over $1600 for Project Canoe, a non-profit making a difference in the lives of youth.
Winning films ranged from short comedy sketches to hair-raising adventures to inspiring documentaries representing a new level of achievements in paddlesports filmmaking and storytelling. The ten award-winning films and ten more shortlisted for the World Tour are now in contention for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award. Audiences vote on their favourite films screened at more than 120 locations on the World Tour schedule across the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Europe. The Reel Paddling Film Festival is supporting paddlesport filmmakers awarding a total of $66,000 in cash prizes to filmmakers since 2006.
2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival Award Winners:
BEST CANOEING FILM: The Canoe
If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” —James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and director emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol—the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. The film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Goh Iromoto
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM: Bear Witness
What would you do to protect the place you love? Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness is a wild landscape of lakes, streams, woods and wildlife covering 1.1 million acres. To Amy and Dave Freeman, this place is home. With a massive sulfide-ore mining project threatening to jeopardize the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for generations to come, the Freemans took action. For one year, the Freemans lived inside the Boundary Waters, broadcasting photos and stories via satellite receiver and hosting politicians, journalists and activists. “It’s up to us to speak loudly for this quiet place,” says Dave Freeman. “It is up to us to bear witness.”
DIRECTOR: Nate Ptacek and Matt Van Biene
PRODUCERS: Fitz Cahall, Nate Ptacek, Doug Niemela and Samantha Chadwick
BEST SHORT PADDLING FILM: Every Day Kayak Mistakes
On a regular kayaking day, every little mistake can always be worse. FTS Style brings kayaking movies to another level with this release.
DIRECTOR: Sebastien Leger
PRODUCER: FTS Style
BEST WHITEWATER FILM: Eyes of God
Thirty-three-year-old Tomass Marnics from Latvia has put together an international team of extreme kayakers. Together they plan to descend the legendary Saryjaz River. The expedition will take the adventurers directly to the Eyes of God, a mystical cliff face reminiscent of an enormous human face, in the no-man’s land between Kyrgyzstan and China.
DIRECTOR: Olaf Obsommer
BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL FILM: Rediscover North America
What’s wrong with an adventure for the sake of adventure? In January 2015, six friends set out to attempt a canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. They battled against the current on the Mighty Mississippi, weathered a winter of snow and ice, traversed massive lakes, dodged constantly shifting forest fires, and shot challenging whitewater. It took eight long months to complete the journey.
DIRECTOR: Dan Flynn
PRODUCER: Winchell Delano
BEST SEA KAYAKING FILM: Sea Kayak Around Ireland
Discover the experiences of Irish paddlers, Sean Cahil and Jon Hynes, as they complete their lifelong dream to circumnavigate the rugged wild Atlantic coastline of Ireland. Many have paddled this famed coast but this duo brings it to life with this visually stunning, informative and often funny documentary. The message is clear: “Drop what you’re doing, and go chase your dream adventure!
DIRECTOR: Jon Hynes
PRODUCER: Cian Walsh
BEST INSTRUCTIONAL FILM: Sea Kayak Essentials Volume 2 - Safety and Rescue
Sea Kayak Essentials Volume 2 is a valuable resource for sea kayakers wishing to paddle safely in open-water conditions, develop problem avoidance strategies and effective rescue techniques.
PRODUCERS: Mathew Giblin and Nick Cunlife
BEST STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING FILM: SUP Surfing Barbados
Explore the varied and dramatic landscape of the beautiful island of Barbados in search of the perfect wave. From the white sand beaches of the populated Southwest to the rugged coastline and world-class breaks of the northeast, Jimmy, Casi, Matt and Connor are welcomed by colorful locals in town and on the waves.
DIRECTOR: Anthony Poulin
BEST KAYAK FISHING FILM: The Kayak Fishing Experience
Chad Hoover has worked very hard to give back to the sport of kayak fishing, specifically bass fishing. He has made it his number one goal to help grow the sport and attract new participants. “No matter how hard I work or how much I give, I can never give back more to the sport of kayak fishing than it has given me. Without a doubt, taking up kayak fishing was the single most influential decision that I have ever made in the course of my life. You should give kayak fishing a try, it will change your life,” he says.
DIRECTOR: Kelsey Thompson
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM: Women Outward Bound
Fifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound wilderness school. Then 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them and history forever
DIRECTOR: Maxine Davis
PRODUCERS: Maxine Davis and Melody Gilbert
To attend the 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival visit our World Tour Schedule.
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is now accepting entries for 2018. Enter your film today!
About Reel Paddling Film Festival: Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places.
Reel Paddling Film Festival Partners: The 2017 Reel Paddling Film Festival is presented by Ontario Tourism, and sponsored by Aqua-Bound, Trak Kayaks, Pelican, Kokatat, Silverbirch Canoes, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association, ACA, Thompson Rivers University-Adventure Studies, Canadian Canoe Museum, and the Paddle Responsibly Campaign.
About Rapid Media: Founded in 1998, Rapid Media is the world’s largest paddlesports media company renowned for producing high-quality content for paddlesports enthusiasts. The company’s portfolio includes some of the world’s best-known paddling brands including Adventure Kayak, Kayak Angler, Rapid, Canoeroots, Paddling Magazine, Paddling Business, the Paddling Buyer’s Guide and the Paddling Trip Guide. Rapid Media produces the annual Reel Paddling Film Festival.
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.
The deadline for film submissions is November 1st, 2016. The preferred length of submissions is between two and twenty minutes. You have the chance of having the film screened at more than 100 venues across North America and a chance of taking home a portion of the $5,000 prize pool.
The categories for submission are:
• 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
To enter online, click here.
To enter by mail, ship films and completed entry forms to:
Reel Paddling Film Festival
55 Red Pine Drive
Palmer Rapids, Ontario, Canada
t: 613.706.0677 // f: 613.706.1070
PALMER RAPIDS, ON, FEB 1, 2016 – The 11th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival premiered last week in Toronto, Ontario at the Royal Cinema. Toronto paddling shop, The Complete Paddler, hosted the premiere audience of 320 raising a whopping $3,062 they donated to Project Canoe, a non-profit organization leading wilderness canoe trips for inner city youth.
Rapid Media founder and publisher Scott MacGregor emceed the red canvas carpet event screening a selection of this year’s award-winning and shortlisted films. “I was sure this year’s films are our best ever, but the proof for me is always watching faces as the audience exits the first big screening,” says MacGregor. “You won’t be disappointed.”
This year’s winners are:
- Big Fish Stories: Expedition Hauka – KAYAK FISHING category sponsored by Old Town Predator. Producer: Oskar Stenberg, Director: Erik Lundin Marcus Wickelgren.
- Expedition Q – ADVENTURE TRAVEL category sponsored by Adventure Kayak Magazine. Producer: NRS, Director: Skip Armstrong
- Go Big or Go Home – WHITWATER category sponsored by the Ottawa Valley and the Ottawa River Race and Festival. Producer and Director: Olaf Obsommer
- Kayaking the Aleutians – SEA KAYAKING category sponsored by Kokatat. Producer: Cackle TV, Director: Cackle TV.
- Living the Stoke 2 – STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING film, category sponsored by ACA. Producer: Jeff Pikington, Director: Rob Pirie.
- Martin's Boat – ENVIRONMENTAL category sponsored by Rapid Magazine. Producer and Director: Peter McBride.
- Nature Rx – SHORT PADDLING category sponsored by Canoeroots Magazine. Producer and Director: Justin Bogardus and Liz Victorine.
- Paddle for the North – CANOEING category sponsored by Silverbirch Canoes. Producer: Alex Behse, Director: Simon Lucas.
- Stories of Survival – INSTRUCTIONAL sponsored by Thompson Rivers University. Producer and Director: ACA.
- The Important Places – DOCUMENTARY category sponsored by The Canadian Canoe Museum. Producer and Director: Gnarly Bay and Forest Woodward.
To bring the World Tour to your paddling town, shop, club, theatre or event, contact Ray Bretzlof (613) 706-0677 x118, email@example.com