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February 20-21, 2015
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Still Images
January 31, 2015


Motion Entries
January 16, 2015



Rules and Entry Forms

All entry fees have been waived! Please limit still images to 3 per person unless prior permission has been obtained for more entries. As usual, there is no guarantee that submitted material will be accepted into the competition.

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NPFF Judging Process

For 32 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. Thanks to the judges’ contribution of their valued written opinions, along with the organizational work of the film festival volunteers, hundreds of amateur, accomplished and professional image artists have been better able to gauge the audience's enjoyment of their work and gain the encouragement and information helpful for creating even more entertaining art in the future. In 2006, the volunteers of the National Paddling Film Festival made a few changes to the structure of the festival in an effort to put more focus on the film and image competition and enhance the judging process. As in previous years, the NPFF volunteer judges will continue to prejudge all entries and also to invite other judges who are either motion picture and television media professionals, accomplished and professional paddling filmmakers or representatives of paddling organizations to lend their scores and opinions to determine the winners. The difference in this process starting in 2006, and to be used in following years, was that our invited judges will now be making their judgments prior to the Festival instead of the day of the show. By making this change, the organizers of the NPFF are hoping to increase the number and diversity of qualified judges and provide more time for the judges to score and make their comments about the entries.

2014 NPFF Judges

William C. Eades Jr. (Bill, Bilbo, Nate's Dad)
Lifetime member and former president of the Missouri Whitewater Association of water deprived boaters. ACA instructor for whitewater, instructing mainly on-river clinics conducted by the MWA. Easily the worst and oldest team paddler and technical rep for Pyranha US, since 1996. Film judge for the NPFF since 1998. Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, directing a cancer center core laboratory for flow cytometry, involving critical light and color measurements for fluorescent cell marking and cell sorting.

Matt Muir
Matt "Rattso" Muir has been paddling whitewater since he bought a used Dancer in 1992. He attended and judged his first NPFF ca. 1998, and has been collecting Paddle Porn since. He also helps keep the American Whitewater website the best source of river beta on the World Wide Internets.

Barry Grimes
Barry's 8mm film, "El Horrendo" provided the inspiration for the establishment of the first National Paddling Film Festival in 1983. As a BWA member/past president and a founder of the film festival, Barry served as the NPFF Coordinator for several years during the 1980s and 1990s and was awarded the William Nealy Award in 2006. As an accomplished photographer and videographer, Barry has numerous whitewater films to his credit including several winning NPFF entries.

Paul Martzen
Paul Martzen lives in Fresno California where he is a professional photographer and amateur film maker. Paul is married and has two grown sons.  He started whitewater kayaking in 1982 and has explored many rivers, though mostly in California.  Many of his whitewater photographs can be found on the American Whitewater website.  Paul attended and helped out at the 2008, 2011 and later NPFFs, which he enjoyed tremendously.   He is very happy to help the event again this year by judging and critiquing the films. 

Burgess Carey
Burgess Carey is a whitewater paddler and consumer of whitewater products since the early 1980's. Sometimes a "has been" and always an armchair athlete, past involvement in the BWA and NPFF has resulted in much controversy and scurrilous remarks. Professionally intent on changing the world one outdoor venture at a time, Burgess is the
current steward of the Boone Creek Outdoors project and when not watching paddling films can often be found sleeping "Down by the River" in his van.

Jonathan Morrison
Jonathan Morrison is an Producer and Editor for WTIU, a PBS station in Bloomington, Indiana. He is an avid paddler and loves to hit the water every chance he gets. Jonathan also loves to camp, snowboard, hike, bike and do pretty much anything outdoors. He is owner of Birddog Studios, a freelance production company that specializes in music recording, video and audio production, marketing & photography.

Clay Wright
Clay Wright is a creek boating and play boating pioneer with numerous international "First D's" and whitewater video appearances to his credit. He won the 1997 World Championship in Squirt Boating, 2005 National Championship in Freestyle as well as numerous extreme races including the original Green Race. He still competes in races and rodeos but also serves as an ICF Judge, USACK Rules Committee Chair, Keener Coach, and was guest speaker at last year's NPFF.

Erin Galey
Erin Galey, hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, started kayaking in college while working as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon. She gypsy kayaked for several years after college, working in places like Morocco, Zambia, Nepal, and the Pennsylvania/Maryland/West Virginia area. She began work in the film industry with a role in A&E's Rollergirls when she moved to Austin, TX. From there, she went on to work on various commercials, short films, and music videos, often alongside cult director Bradley Beesley, like on the music video "The W.A.N.D." for the Flaming Lips.
After realizing she wanted to shoot and direct, Erin went on to study at NYU Tisch Asia in Singapore, working as a cinematographer and director on a multitude of short films shot all over Asia. Her thesis film Sahasi Chori (Brave Girl), premiered at SXSW 2013, and has won multiple awards, including the "Women in Film Directing Award," from HollyShorts, and the audience award at Palm Springs ShortFest. She signed with Shorts International for USA distribution, and Sahasi Chori will be available on iTunes and AT&T Uverse this spring, In early 2013, Erin founded the multi-platform production company IN THE FLICKER, specializing in short form narrative media and branded content. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Portland as a Writer/Director and Producer.

Spalding Hurst
Spalding Hurst is a native of Bardstown, KY. He graduated from Full Sail University with an Associates of Science in Film and Video. After 10 years in television he is currently in communications with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, helping tell the story of the congregations global ministries through all forms of media. Whether in Kentucky or travelling, Spalding enjoys whitewater kayaking whenever or wherever he can find it.

Sellus Wilder
Sellus Wilder is an award-winning filmmaker and former Mayor Pro Tem of Frankfort, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is currently shooting a documentary on the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline.

David Downing
David Downing is a Glasgow, Ky native who graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B. A. in Broadcast Television. After working for the man for the first five years, Dave decided to start his own business in 2004. After expanding in 2008 he decided to join forces with three friends and start Yellowberri, a Bowling Green based advertising agency. Six years later they have continued success working in all aspects of multimedia as well as side projects with music and film.

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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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