Rapid Media's annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world.

The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are toured to more than 100 cities in North America and around the world, screening for an audience of more than 25,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families.

Awards & Prizes

Each year films are entered by both professional producers and up and coming filmmakers from all corners of the world. The RPFF committee narrows these submissions down to a shortlist of films and then decides upon 10 winners - 1 film for each category - who receive cash and recognition. The shortlisted and winning films are then toured around the world as the Reel Paddling Film Festival.

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

Rules & Terms

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 FilmFreeway, pay 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

Sending an entry to the Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations.
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.
Entrants grant the Festival organizers the right to make Festival versions of films that are shorter than 20 minutes.
Films can be narrative, story, animated, or experimental and can be entered by professional or amateur filmmakers.
Foreign language films must be accompanied by an English translation or have English subtitles.
Screening fees will not be paid for film screenings during the Festival or World Tour.
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.
Films may have been previously entered in other film festivals.
Entrants grant the Festival organizers permission to use excerpts, not exceeding three minutes, for promotional purposes in various media, trade shows, and retail stores.
Entrants are required to supply promotional materials, such as still images, for the purpose of promoting the films and Tour.
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.
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.

FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. We transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to our output settings:
Maximum video bitrate: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4
Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels

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.