National Paddling Film Festival

Friday and Saturday, February 21st & 22nd 2020


Come see us at Gauleyfest for the official kickoff of NPFF 2020!

Now accepting submissions for films and still images!

Good GOLLY! It’s GAULEY SEASON!!! Gauley Fest is right around the corner and it’s the annual kick off for submissions for the National Paddling Film Festival! So, get your videos and stills ready…..

This year’s NPFF will be February 21-22 at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort KY. Many more updates to come. Let’s get it in gear. New this year: looking for fun and crazy short vids for interludes. Have carnage vid that you’d love to share? Send it on with a note that you would like to have your submission considered for interludes. Have a funny whitewater related skit that you think will make us laugh? Film it and send it! Clips should be no longer than 3 minutes. Bring on the fun!

Get Tickets

Festival tickets are $30 at the door. Children under 12, free. Advanced tickets on sale now for $25! Admission includes beer tickets, non-alcoholic refreshments, and chili Friday night (while supplies last)

Silent Auction

Bid on many donated paddling and non-paddling items. The bidding gets frantic near the close of the auction, Saturday.

Visit the Sponsor Booths

Visit different sponsor booths. American Whitewater, BWA, Dirtbag Paddlers, Canoe Kentucky, and Rapid Expeditions will have booths this year!


5:00 PM – Doors Open/Beer Starts Flowing/Films Start
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Chili contest drop off
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Chili contest judging
7:00 PM – Chili served for dinner
8:00 PM – Guest Speaker TBA
9:00 PM – Films Continue
11:00 PM – End of Day 1

All types of chili welcome in contest! Bring your favorite traditional, white, chicken, vegetarian, vegan, or anything else and we’ll judge it and serve it! Bring any sides you want yours judged with!


10:00 AM- 4:00 PM Bourbon Tour on the Hour
12:00 noon – Not-NPFF Race Check-in at Elkhorn / AW Acres
1:00 PM – Not-NPFF Race
5:00 PM – Films and Bourbon Tasting Start
5:45PM – Bourbon Tasting Ends
9:00 PM – Director Remarks, Raffles, Film Winners Announced
9:00 PM – Wrap-up Silent Auction Bidding
9:45 PM – Guest Host TBA
**Silent Auction Pick Up Time TBA**
11:00 PM – End of NPFF

The Annual Not-NPFF Race - The Jess Cup

The annual Not-NPFF Downriver Race and Club Championship will be held Saturday on Elkhorn Creek. Race begins at noon and check-in is at Elkhorn / AW Acres. You don’t have to compete to go down river – but dress warmly. The Not-NPFF race is not associated with NPFF, and no liability is assumed by NPFF or its volunteers. Hence, the Not-NPFF name.

Join the NPFF Festival @ The Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort Kentucky


Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse
Buffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY

From Louisville:

On I-64 Eastbound, take Exit 53B, US 127 North, go about 5 miles. You will cross the KY River and see the Capital Plaza Hotel, turn left (still 127 North, also Wilkinson Blvd.). The distillery will be on the left in one mile.

From Lexington:

On I-64 Westbound, take exit 58, go North on US 60 until it becomes US 127/421. Go straight, follow signs to Civic Center/Downtown and do not make any turns until you see the distillery on your right, about 5.5 miles.

SMOKING NOTE: While smoking is allowed on the porch at the clubhouse, due to the flamable nature of Buffalo Trace products, smoking between the parking lot and the clubhouse, or in most places on Buffalo Trace property, is not permitted.

Giving Back to Rivers. Giving Back to Community.

For 38 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting an annual competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images and to support American Whitewater and river conservation. Since 1981 we've raised $172,000 in donations. Contact us to become a donor or sponsor.

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