This month the two largest paddling film festivals will be held and awards to will given to the best paddling films of 2007.
NATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL
Started in 1983 back in the day when 8mm movie films ruled!
February 22nd and 23rd will be the 25th Annual NPFF, celebrating 25 years of promoting River Conservation through “The Best in Paddlesport Video and Image Competition”.
This year’s Guest Hosts are the winners of the “Best of Festival” and “Accomplished General” awards at NPFF 2007, The Range Life.
“The Range Life crew will join us from the Pacific Northwest. TRL is fresh off last year’s stunning zip line footage film that took top honors and back from IR’s ‘Vacation to Hell’ in the Peru jungle this summer. We are excited to bring these boys to the southeast to host the NPFF”, 2008 Video Coordinator, Phillip Sisk.
The Still Image deadline has been extended until February 8 for the National Paddling Film Festival.
NPFF 2007 Guest Host, John Grace of Lunch Video Magazine, will be returning to do a LVM Premier for NPFF 2008.
The Bluegrass Brewing Company is again providing beverages for the NPFF, and there will be an awards party with local live talent.
New for this year the NPFF will be held in the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery Lodge in Frankfort, Kentucky — the oldest continually operating distillery in the U.S.! The Lodge has ample seating and room for the masses, including a bar area off the viewing hall and a full kitchen and dining area in the downstairs area for the Silent Auction and sponsor tables.
Look for updates on the NPPS website at www.surfbwa.org/npfftest/npff2008.php?t=attend
REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL
The Complete Paddler and the Outing Club of East York present the world premiere of the third annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on Thursday February 7.
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international event showcasing the year’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing and kayak fishing films from around the world. The premiere kicks off the 2008 World Tour that travels for the rest of the year screening in 75 cities across Canada, U.S., Europe and the U.K.
2008 RPFF Category Winners Are:
BEST SEA KAYAKING FILM (sponsored by Impex): Pacific Horizons: Exploring the Northwest Coast by Kayak; Director and Producer: Bryan Smith
Watch a video clip – Pacific Horizons
BEST CANOEING FILM (sponsored by Esquif): River Dumoine: A Paddlers’ Journey; Director and Producer: Tony Buell
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (sponsored by Werner): Oil + Water; Director and Producer: Seth Warren
Watch a video clip – Oil and Water
BEST SHORT PADDLING FILM (sponsored by MTI): Lockapalooza Rodeo; Director and Producer: Ben Doran
BEST KAYAK FISHING FILM (sponsored by Ocean Kayak): Threshers Yak Style; Director and Producer: Michael Fowlker
BEST WHITEWATER FILM (sponsored by Madawaska Kanu Centre): The Green Race Movie; Director: Chris Gallaway; Producer: Chris Gallaway & Spencer Cook
BEST INSTRUCTIONAL FILM (sponsored by Algonquin College): Kayak Fishing: The Ultimate Guide; Directors and Producers: Ken Whiting, Will Richardson
BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL FILM (sponsored by Kokatat): Birthplace of the Wind; Director and Producer: Jon Bowermaster
Read a complete description of the winners atwww.rapidmedia.com.