2015 Reel Paddling Film Festival


We had a night on the town this week to help celebrate the World Tour Premiere of the 10th Annual RPFF. What is the RPFF you ask? Well, it’s the Reel Paddling Film Festival — An event that showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, the United States and around the world. This is its 10th year, and our second time attending.

During this showing, hosted by The Complete Paddler, we viewed 8 of the 10 winning films. My favorite of the night, DamNation, presented the effects of Americas Dam era on the nations landscape and its wildlife. With the use of stunning cinematography, the film explores the negative impact that these engineering marvels have had on the rivers and salmon populations, highlighting the necessity to remove many of the obsolete structures that no longer benefit the surrounding communities.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is produced by Rapid Media. Rapid Media publishes four paddlesports magazines: Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines. Aside from seeing some wonderful films, the great thing about attending the festival is that you get a one year digital subscription to each of these magazines, FREE. Pretty sweet deal!

PSX_20150207_141044In addition to the free subscriptions, your ticket is also used in a prize draw for some exciting prizes. Last night, I won this Salus Jazz Freestyle Kayak vest. I’m pretty attached to my current PFD but this has a low-profile, the adjustment straps are all stored cleanly in the front pouch and it feels very comfortable on. I’m also quite fond of the maple leaf detail on the back. I’m looking forward to getting this vest out on the water this spring.

PClogoThere are plenty of good reasons to attend the festival — free magazines, prizes, entertaining films, etc. — but there is another great reason to purchase a ticket. All the proceeds from the event go to support Project Canoe. Project Canoe offers a variety of year round program activities in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as their signature Summer Wilderness Canoe Program.

You can read more about Project Canoe by visiting their website, canoe.org.

If you haven’t already been to one of the festival showings, be sure to check it out. You can find out if the tour is in a city near you by visiting the tour schedule on their website by clicking this link (Tour Schedule).

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