Buffalo Trace Distillery
Frankfort, Kentucky
February 20-21, 2015
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For 33 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images. This competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddle sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent along with important and useful feedback for the artists who make the show a possibility.

2014 Still Image Winner Lone Canoeist at Bald River Falls by Mark Zakutansky

2014 NPFF Winners

Best Professional Documentary
Walled In by Ben Stookesberry

Best Professional Safety/Instruction
Handling Emergency Situations by Simon Willis for Sunart Media

Best Professional General Boating
The Puma by Evan Garcia

Best Accomplished Documentary
Nine Rivers by David Hartman, Matt Perpick, Adam Biehler

Best Accomplished General Boating
High Atlas Kayaking by Hugo Clouzeau

Best Amateur General Boating
Beater Sessions Vol. 1 (Drink your Booties) by Daniel Patrinellis

Best of Show
Nine Rivers by David Hartman, Matt Perpick, Adam Biehler

Best Still Image
Lone Canoeist at Bald River Falls by Mark Zakutansky

Brew-Off Winner
Polar Vortex Porter by Jr.

Veggie: C6
Meat: Crystal
Chili Queen: Mary M.

2014 Donations

American Whitewater: $8500

Ecuadorian Rivers Institute: $1000

West Virginia River Coalition: $1000

Friends of the Cheat: $400

Kentucky Waterways Alliance: $400

Total $11,300

32 Year Total $135,300


Tickets that cover both days of the festival are $25 at the door. Cash or check only.

Children under 12, free.

Advanced tickcts can be purchased online for $20 through American Whitewater, a 20% discount, starting around the first week in January.

For online purchases, you will receive an email confirming your ticket purchase and you can pick up your ticket at the door the day of the event. You will not be receiving physical tickets prior to the event.

Schedule - Tentative


5:00 PM

Doors Open/Beer Starts Flowing/Films Start

7:00 PM Brew Off Beer Deadline
8:00 PM Welcome and Guest Host Introduction
8:30 PM Films Continue
10:50 PM Day 1 Closing Remarks


10:00 AM-
2:00 PM

Bourbon Tour on the Hour

11:30 AM Not-NPFF Race check-in at Elkhorn / AW Acres
1:00 PM Not-NPFF Race start
2:00 PM-
4:00 PM
Bourbon Tasting
3:00 PM Films Start
4:00 PM Chili Cookoff Deadline
7:00 PM Chili Cookoff Served
8:30 PM Film Break - Director remarks, Raffles, Film Winners Announced
9:00 PM Wrap-up Silent Auction bidding
9:20 PM -
11:00 PM
Pick-up Silent Auction items
9:30 PM Films Continue
9:40 PM  Guest Host Presentation
11:00 PM End of 2015 NPFF

Become an NPFF Benfactor, Donor, or Sponsor
Contact us at NPFF.Sponsors@bluegrasswildwater.org for more information.

NPFF Benefactors

American Whitewater
Columbia Sportswear
Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters
Madawaska Kanu Centre

NPFF Major Donors

Endless River Adventures
Canoe Kentucky

NPFF Significant Donors

MTI Kokatat Snap Dragon Skirtworks
Werner Seals Menasha Ridge Press
Ali Blair Massage Therapy Bikram Yoga Lexington Watershed
teamscum.com WoodSongs

Whitewater Warehouse
Astral Robert Milgate  
FOAMIE FRIENDS Outdoorplay Clay Warren, DMD, Danville  

NPFF Sponsors

Kayak Session Mountain Buzz   Kentucky Waterways Alliance


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