The 2016 NPFF Festival is Coming

February 19-20, 2016 @ Buffalo Trace Distillery | Frankfort, Kentucky

Buy Tickets Online

The Deadline for Films and Still Images Has Ended.

Enjoy The Show


We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing in the A-Team, Steve Fisher and Pat Keller, to the 2016 National Paddling Film Festival as Guest Hosts.

Steve initiated a grand plan in 2015 to raise funds to create an instructional video with some of the world’s finest kayakers, made it a reality, and spent a good portion of late last year filming on the Zambezi. Pat is one of the stars in that show. They’re going to tell us all about that adventure and some of their other adventures on the Saturday night of the fest (02/20).

Both Pat and Steve have had profound impacts on the world of whitewater. Steve has evolved into one of the best paddlesport filmmakers and Pat has evolved into one of the world’s most talented kayakers. We’re looking forward to hearing about their exploits and giving them both a big ol’ Kentucky welcome.

Get Tickets

Festival tickets are $25 at the door. Cash or check only. Children under 12, free.

Advanced tickets will be available for $20 online starting the first week in January.

Silent Auction

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

Preview the auction items.

Submit a Film or Image

Entries Now Being Accepted!

Deadline Is January 15, 2016.

Submit your Film or Image for the NPFF

Chili Cook Off

Chili cookoff on Saturday. Meat, Veggie, and Most Unusual categories, plus Chili King/Queen crowning.

Other than that, we will be having a food vendors selling food each night.

Sponsor Booths

Visit different sponsor booths. American Whitewater, Canoe Kenturcky/Jackson Kayaks, J&H, NRS, and Alpacka Rafts had setups in 2015.


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 34 years the National Paddling Film Festival has bee 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 $146,600 in donations. Contact us to become a donor or sponsor.

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