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For 13 years the PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL has been touring the very best films from around the globe showcasing the passion, action, adventure and paddling lifestyle. 

We are currently collecting new paddling films for the 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour. Each year films are entered by both professional producers and up-and-coming filmmakers from all corners of the world. We invite you to submit your paddling film for a chance to screen to more than 35,000 paddlers in more than 120 cities worldwide.  




Over the last 13 years, Rapid Media has awarded a total of $71,000 to paddling filmmakers. Each year there are $5,500 in cash prizes up for grabs. Each of our 10 category winners receives a $500 cash prize as does the Aqua-Bound People's Choice Award winner. How do we decide who wins the Aqua-Bound People's Choice Award? We don't, audiences decide. At the end of the tour, the scores will be tallied and the Aqua-Bound People's Choice Award winner will be announced at the 2019 Paddlesports Retailer Show in Oklahoma City.


The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Since Rapid Media launched the festival back in 2006, the World Tour has screened 959 times to more than 282,864 audience members. If your film is selected to tour, your film and contact information will be listed on our World Tour website, program, newsletters, and social media channels. 


To submit your film to the Paddling Film Festival, all entrants are required to provide a HD high-resolution version of the film via FilmFreeway. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to completing the online entry form. We will be accepting film submissions until November 1st.


Each year films are entered by both professional producers and up-and-coming filmmakers from all corners of the world. The Paddling Film Festival committee narrows these submissions down to a shortlist of films and then decides upon 10 winners - one film per category - who receive cash prizes and recognition. The shortlisted and winning films are then toured around the world as the Paddling Film Festival World Tour. Winners will be notified after the premiere in February. Prizes will be awarded for the best film entry in each category.  Winners and shortlisted films will be the only films screened in the Paddling Film Festival World Tour.
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