Waterwalker Film Festival Winners

 

2018 WWFF Winners & Honourable Mentions

Winners

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic 52 minutes Adventure

Jochen Schmoll/Niko Jäger

3 National Geographic “adventurers of the Year “ embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

Canoeheads 7 minutes Best Short

Keith Robertson

You’ve seen the signs, now met the animal! Canoeheads is a wildlife documentary about the little-known subarctic animal, the Canoehead (Can-OO-wed). What can this intimate portrait of two majestic beasts tell us about the human condition? What threatens the Canoeheads’ fragile link to the local ecosystem? What do canoes have to do with Canoeheads? Join host and species expert, David Batonborough as he reveals the secrets and eccentricities of this magnificent animal.

Two Creek – Ice Out Expedition 17:45 minutes Inspirational

Brad Jennings

Envisioned as an exploratory canoe route linking two creeks, Grant’s and Bissetts, flowing from the Algonquin Dome to the mighty Ottawa River, it seemed like quite the amazing adventure. A +13km ‘portage’ linking the creek systems was supposed to be one of the greatest challenges, but we would soon learn environmental conditions were to be our greatest foe.

Georgian Bay – Paddle to Red Rock 10:28 minutes HM

Wayne & Brad Jennings

Wayne and Brad embark on a weekend canoe trip out into Georgian Bay seeking Adventure and solitude. Their plan is to explore an undocumented route down and back the Giroux River, then head out into the 30,000 islands where they seek to claim an island all to themselves.

Lake Superior – Coastal Canoe Trip 9:30 minutes HM

Wayne & Brad Jennings

This video highlights a three day canoe trip along the scenic coastline of Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Rio Grande River – A Father Son Journey 24:55 minutes HM

Wayne & Brad Jennings

This is the story of a father and son canoe trip through the scenic canyons and rugged desert landscape of Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. Their journey takes them down the Rio Grande River, straddling the U.S. Mexican border. When Wayne was a young man, he took this trip with his father. Now three decades later he is retracing his steps, but this time with his son, Brad. Together they will relive this exciting adventure while honouring the memory of Wayne’s father.

NKC’s Wilderness Canoe School2:42 minutesHM

Richard Alexander

There is so much more to the Newfoundland Kayak Company. Think out of the box/kayaks! Yes they canoe too. Thinking about taking a Coastal Canoe Course or Tripping or a Moving Water Course in the near future? NKC has it all in one. Well here is a teaser for an opportunity of a combined triple certification with the NKC’s Wilderness Canoe School on Canada’s eastern shores.

HeLa Ventures – Mountain Adventure School2 minutesHM

Kellen Martel

The Mountain Adventure School takes Alberta high school students on an annual eight-day adventure on the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan. This Canadian Heritage river has been dubbed the “fur traders highway” and was the main thoroughfare of the early explorers who opened and mapped Canada’s interior. The river is both educational and fun! This film provides an insight to the journey our 2017 class embarked upon and was produced by the students themselves.

 

Late entries for 2018 Winners & HM

 

Kharma Bums – Jeremiah Kent 1:09:40 International

The spiritual journey of four friends from California as they embark on an epic adventure down the Ganges River, the most revered and potentially most polluted river on the planet. The documentary follows them from largest gathering of human beings ever recorded known as the Kumbh Mela, some 140 miles down river to the holy city of Varanasi. Their quest to discover purity amongst pollution is a true test of will, patience, and perseverance.

 

Kayaking: Inside the Indus – Ciarán Heurteau 26:42 Best Kayaking

http://youtu.be/pVQd_4BeyH0

 

In November 2016, fresh from winning the extreme kayaking world title, Spaniard Aniol Serrasolses, New Zealander Mike Dawson and Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau headed to Pakistan to attempt a descent of the fabled Rondu Gorge, on the indus river. Hidden behind a wall of political & security factors meant it had been 8 years since the last expedition, lead by American Ben Stooksberry, ventured into the gorge. Since then Pakistan’s perceived reputation off the water had stopped any planned trips into the North Pakistan state of Gilgit Baltistan in their tracks.

 

Skye’s The Limit – Cal Major – 24:21 Environment

Paddle Against Plastic 2017: One woman (Cal Major)’s solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, on a Stand up Paddleboard. The adventure serves to highlight the effects of plastic pollution on even stunning, remote and wild places such as this, and brings positive and engaging solutions to the issue. The full film follows Cal’s epic and dramatic ocean voyage, vulnerable to Scotland’s famous winds, waves and tidal races, alone. Featuring beautiful scenery, wildlife, farm animals and Tunnocks teacakes.

 

Bass By Kayak – Beau Miles Best Sea Kayak

A 6 episode film series about a small expedition party crossing from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in sea kayaks.

 

Wild Coast – Kelsey Thompson – 4:38 Canadian Location

Local SUP surfers Emre Bosut and Glen Pearson discuss the experience of living and surfing in Tofino, British Columbia.

 

 

Crossing Home – Jordan Manley – 28:53 Multi-Sport (NEW)

A Skier’s Journey is a series that explores the edges of skiing, where it exists and why. From surprising to superlative to obscure locations. From Iran, to China, to the vast ice fields of British Columbia’s Coast Range, the final season involves from a quest for snow to a search for home.

 

Don’s Canoe – Leanne Allison 8:03 Inspirational

For Banff, Alberta locals Don Gardner is a name associated with legendary climbs and epic ski traverses. Don’s Canoe is a simple short film that shows his other life long passion from old ways. A life well lived shapes this beautiful canoe.

 

The World Beneath the Rims – James Martin 15:54 Documentary

There are few places in the world like the Grand Canyon, a place that is so magical, so immense, and so recognizable by billions of people around the planet. The Grand Canyon inspires you, whether you are standing on its rims and gazing into the abyss or neck-craning views at the bottom of the gorge. It creates wonder as you watch the fragile life clinging in its small seeps, springs and waterfalls in small, intimate spaces within this giant landscape. Precious water in this arid environment not only created the place, but sustains its life and allure to so many, and provides inspiration for artists who come to the Canyon to discover and expose their inner creativity.

 

Home of the Vikings – Adrian Mattern 10:30 Action

Norway has been known as a kayaking Mecca for decades. The countries whitewater was explored, pioneered and descended by a dedicated crew of local and international kayakers. They recorded their exploits in a book and passed down their knowledge to the next generation. In the summer of 2017 the Send crew embarked on a Norwegian odyssey with the aim to push hard and progress on some of the biggest and best sections of whitewater in the world.

 

Despite how epic the classic sections are, there is still so much left to be found in Norway and their trip cultivated in one final descent of the infamous “Megatron” rapid.

 

Beauty of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail – Austin Graham – 3:27 HM Short

http://vimeo.com/236008973

Completed in 2006, the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) connects waterways from the New York state’s Adirondack Park to the Canadian border in northern Maine. Following traditional travel routes used by Native American, settlers and guides, the NFCT connects 22 rivers and streams, 58 lakes and ponds and 45 communities. It is the largest inland water trail in the nation.

Filmed during a 2017 thru-paddle by Adventureitus Productions.