Buffalo Trace Distillery
Frankfort, Kentucky
February 19-20, 2016
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For 34 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.

Best Professional Documentary (tie)
The Coast by Skip Armstrong
The Chelan Gorge - 2014 by Daniel Patrinellis

Best Professional Safety/Instruction (tie)
Top 10 Tips for Canoeing & Kayaking Safely by American Canoe Association
Top 10 Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding Safely by American Canoe Association

Best Professional General Boating
DamNation by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel

Best Accomplished Documentary
Paddler's Pilgrimage by James Roberts

Best Accomplished General Boating
Secesh/South Fork Salmon Idaho by Shawn Lono

Best Amateur General Boating
Wildcat Creek by Bradley E. Huie

Best Amateur Documentary
Paillalco: The Story of the Puesco River Valley
by Kalob Grady

Best Still Image
Colorado Boof by Samantha Ruppelt

William Nealy Award
Don Spangler

Chili King: Austin Wilson

2015 Still Image Winner Colorado Boof by Samantha Ruppelt

2015 Donations


American Whitewater: $8500

Ecuadorian Rivers Institute: $1000

AW Elkhorn Acres Improvments: $900

Juanito de Ugarte Scholarship Fund: $500

Town Branch Trail: $200

The Jess Albright Scholarship Fund: $200


Total for 33 NPFF Events $146,600



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 through the Wednesday before the event..

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

8:00 PM Guest Speaker
9:00 PM Films Continue
11:00 PM End of Day 1


10:00 AM-
  2:00 PM

Bourbon Tour on the Hour

12:00 noon Not-NPFF Race check-in at Elkhorn / AW Acres
1:00 PM Not-NPFF Race start
2:00 PM-
  4:00 PM
Bourbon Tasting
5:00 PM Films Start
8:00 PM Chili Cookoff Served
9:00 PM 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
9:45 PM  Guest Host
11:00 PM End of 2016 NPFF

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

NPFF Benefactors

American Whitewater
Columbia Sportswear
Madawaska Kanu Centre

NPFF Major Donors

Endless River Adventures
Canoe Kentucky

NPFF Significant Donors


Snap Dragon
Ali Blair Massage Therapy
Whitewater Warehouse FOAMIE FRIENDS Clay Warren, DMD, Danville

NPFF Sponsors

Elkhorn Fresh Farm, Peaks Mill, KY
Hair Razors Salon,
509 E Maxwell


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