People's Choice Award

2020 People's Choice Award


What is the best film in this year’s Paddling Film Festival World Tour? YOU decide. No really, you do decide in the Aqua-Bound People's Choice Award.

Enjoy the World Tour and before you leave the theatre cast your vote using the ballot found on the back cover of the World Tour program. 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 Paddlesports Retailer Show in Oklahoma City. 

You can find a screening near you by visiting our World Tour Schedule. For the full list of World Tour selection of films that you can choose from, click here.

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2019 People's Choice Award

The Passage

“In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some of the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage,” says filmmaker Nate Dappen.  “My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family. It’s shaped who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves,” he adds.  In the summer of 2017, Dappen and his family renovated the original canoes and set out with their parents to complete their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.

Director: Nate Dappen • Producers: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin

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2018 People's Choice Award


Three National Geographic Adventurers Of The Year embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, they tow their whitewater kayaks over 1,000 kilometers on the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

DIRECTOR: Jochen Schmoll • PRODUCERS: Red Bull Media House, Drehxtrem

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2017 People's Choice Award


This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol—the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. The film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.


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