Paddle film fest in Alberni April 4

Breathtaking scenery action in films

Breathtaking scenery action in films

Alberni Outpost presents the sixth annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the chamber of commerce visitors centre on Monday, April 4 from 7-9 p.m.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing films of the year, as seen in 100 cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe.

With 34 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the world tour, including the 10 festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.

Films include  Awakening the Skeena, wherein Ali Howard swims the 610-kilometre Skeena, taking a stand for her river and its future; Halo Effect, where Steve Fisher seeks new whitewater runs in Iceland and Norway when in a blink of an eye something goes horribly wrong; Islands of Fire, a celebration of good food and good humour; Mammalian featuring Frank Wolf, this time on a 2,000-kilometre Arctic canoe journey from Yellowknife to Rankin Inlet; Solo, the heartbreaking true story of Andrew McAuley who set out to be first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand. His kayak was found 30 days later—one day away from completing his journey.

Admission is $12.50 in advance or $16 at the door with half the proceeds going to the BC Marine Trail Network. For tickets and information, please call Alberni Outpost at 1-250-760-0044.

The visitors’ centre is located at 2533 Alberni Highway, at the junction of Johnston Road and Redford Street.

(Please note: The News was provided with an incorrect date for the festival in a previous article.)