Paddling Film Festival Returns to Waitsfield

WAITSFIELD, Vt.  The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is co-hosting Rapid Media’s Reel Friends of the Mad RiverPaddling Film Festival World Tour 2013 in Waitsfield with Friends of the Mad River on Saturday, May 11 at the Big Picture Theater. NFCT’s headquarters is located in Mad TriathlonWaitsfield, and this year the screening coincides with the Mad Triathlon, an exciting recreational race including running, paddling and biking.

The film festival showcases the best paddling films from around the world. Proceeds from the event support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Friends of the Mad River. This showing is one of nine screenings that NFCT is hosting throughout New York and New England this season.

This year, Lincoln Canoe & Kayak, maker of handcrafted canoes and kayaks in Freeport, Maine Lincoln Canoe & Kayakand a famous boat builder in the Northeast, is partnering with NFCT to raffle a light-weight and versatile 2013 Chebeague kayak to be prized at the conclusion of the nonprofit’s nine-screening series. All attendees at the show in Waitsfield will have an opportunity to enter a free raffle to win the boat.

Join us as we also welcome racers from the Mad Triathlon.  All racers will receive a $5 discount to the Film Festival.  Racers can relax in the cozy surrounds of the Big Picture after a day of heart-pounding running, biking and paddling. Just bring your bib and get a discount at the door, or get a refund if you purchased in advance.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is in its eighth year and features award winning films in 10 Reel Paddling Film Festival 2013categories. The festival inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle, and appreciate the heritage of wild places.

The May 11 screening starts at 7:00 pm at the Big Picture Theater & Cafe located at 48 Carroll Road in Waitsfield, Vt. Come early or stay late for dinner and a beer. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door or online in advance at


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