REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL—WINNERS!!!
PALMER RAPIDS, ON, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 – The 5th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival
premiered last night at the Bloor Cinema downtown Toronto, hosted by The Complete Paddler.
The largest premiere audience in festival history was treated to the first screening of this year’s
award winning films. The winners are:
1. Best Sea Kayaking Film:
In Paddle to Seattle, J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas use their
homemade wooden boats to kayak the 1,300-mile Inside Passage from Alaska to Seattle.
2. Best Canoeing Film:
This is Canoeing is a celebration of canoeing, showcasing some of the
single blade’s most talented paddlers, wilderness explorers and whitewater adventures.
3. Best Whitewater Film:
In Into Perpetual Ice five kayakers visit Greenland to explore the
whitewater of this remote island. Congratulations to Jared Meehan and Olaf Obsommer,
Team Wave Sport Europe Ambassador and Germany's number one kayak filmmakers.
4. Best Kayak Fishing Film:
Kayak Fishing: Game On 2 follows big game kayaker Jim
Sammons on a three-hour battle with a 120-pound tuna.
5. Best Adventure Travel Film:
Finding Farley, in which Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison,
along with their two-year old son, set out on a 5,000-kilometre trip from the Prairies to the
Maritimes to retrace the literary footsteps of legendary author Farley Mowat.
6. Best Environmental Paddling Film:
Facing East is the final descent of the mighty Yangtze
River before it is completely underwater and transformed into massive reservoirs.
7. Best Paddling Documentary:
Kent Ford’s Call of the River traces whitewater’s history with
as many twists and turns as the canyons its pioneers explored.
8. Best Amateur/Short Paddling Film:
Falling is a thrill ride and a poetic meditation about
harmonizing with the awesome forces of nature featuring the waterfalls of Agua Azul in
9. Best Instructional Paddling Film:
Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown offers exciting, practical
instruction while on a four-day expedition around the Isle of Skye.
“Never before has the Festival seen so many amazing films,” said Scott MacGregor, RPFF
producer and last night’s red carpet emcee. “There is truly something for everyone in this year’s
World Tour.”The premiere kicks off the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour, an international paddlingfilm tour with 37 short-listed films screening in 75 cities hosted by paddling shops, clubs andevents. For a list of all World Tour films, the World Tour schedule, and hosting information visit,www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com.
Scott MacGregor, Rapid Media, 613-758-2042, firstname.lastname@example.org