Adventure Entertainment is excited to bring the Paddling Film Festival to Australia for the first time. This amazing film festival lands at select locations in the coming weeks, and details on the events and the films showing at the film festival are below.

The Paddling Film Festival is like other touring film festivals in that includes a selection of short films; however, this tour is dedicated entirely to paddle sports such as Whitewater, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP and more.

The Paddling Film Festival is based out of Canada and in its 14th year. The festival tours more than 120 cities annually around the globe, and Australia, it’s our turn!

Audiences will see a selection of short films featuring hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and gruelling kayak fishing battles.

Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, Paddling Film Festival audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films. Join us for the inaugural season of the paddling film festival crossing Australia!

Paddling Film Fest rolls into Bondi on October 3rd, and you can buy tickets by scanning the QR code in the attached image!

The national tour starts in just a few short weeks, and you can help us kick off the tour, which floats into a range of great locations across the country including a very special, world-first on-water event.

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Films included in this years’ tour include:

Winner – Best Stand Up Paddleboarding Film 2019
How do we teach our kids there is a world beyond social media, standardised tests and soccer practice? In April 2018, Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son, Thorne, embarked on a week-long standup paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri rivers in western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with  a little bit of daring.”
Directors: David Morton, Fitz Cahall
Producers: David Morton, Duct Tape Then Beer / Becca Cahall

Winner- Best Documentary 2019
Lonnie Bedwell, a former Navy Petty Officer, turned extreme adventure athlete, became the first blind person to paddle the entire length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a solo kayak. Lonnie previously described his blindness as a wall preventing him from moving forward and living a full life. Kayaking acted as a door opening to the whole world, he says. Today, Lonnie spends his time engaging fellow blind paddlers in the spray and white foam of the Ohiopyle and Yellowstone wilderness.
Directors: Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner
Producer: Tucker Gragg

Winner – Best Sea Kayaking Film 2019
A team of French/Swiss mountaineers set off on a 170-kilometre kayak journey to discover one of the largest big walls in Greenland, the west face of the Tommelfinger. On arrival, they discover an unclimbed 2000-meter high cliff. Far from civilisation, they open up the Metrophobia route in only seven days with very little equipment and in fantastic conditions. They then set off home aboard their kayaks and head towards the climax of their adventure.
Director: Antoine Moineville
Producers: Antoine Moineville, Hugo Clouzeau

Winner – Best Canoeing Film 2019
In 1974, Nate Dappen’s 20-year-old parents and uncle built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. In the summer of 2017, Nate and his brother restored the canoes and, with aging parents, completed the 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.
Director: Nate Dappen
Producers: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin

Winner – Best Whitewater Film 2019
This is the story of Send and what you can accomplish with a great set of friends. It has been a crazy two years since four friends formed Send and this whitewater crew is looking forward to plenty more.
Directors: Adrian Mattern, Bren Orton
Producers: Adrian Mattern, Bren Ort

And More!!!

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