SRG Host International Paddling Film Festival as drive-in movie theater

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area brought the International Paddling Film Festival to the region for the first time in 2020 as a unique and socially-distant drive-in theater experience at The Sunnybrook Ballroom on Oct. 22.

People have been spending more time outdoors since the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a greater appreciation for nature. The film festival celebrated the outdoors through adventurous paddling stories along scenic oceans, rivers and lakes. Families and friends can enjoyed the event on a big outdoor movie screen, while still following COVID guidelines for social distancing.

The regional festival also include an original short film celebrating recreation on the Schuylkill River called “Schuylkill Soaring” with stunning imagery from land, water and air. The festival is expected to return to the region in the spring of 2021. 

More About the International Film Festival

The Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year. Rapid Media produces the annual tour which is shown in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, the United States and around the world. The collection includes films about kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, motivating environmental documentaries and more.

Since Rapid Media launched the festival back in 2006, the World Tour has screened to more than 1,117 times to more than 230,200 audience members. Rapid Media has awarded 82,500 to paddling filmmakers and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The Paddling Film Festival World Tour has grown to become one of the largest paddling events in the world.

Bonus Features for Attendees

Every film festival attendee receives a FREE one-year digital subscription to Paddling Magazine and a chance to win an Aqua-Bound canoeing, kayaking, kayak fishing, or SUP prize pack (up to a $425 value). You also get to cast your vote during the event for the best film to go toward selecting the People’s Choice Award winner.

Photos From the 2020 Paddling Film Festival!

Two Events in One

The 2020 Paddling Film Festival was combined with our Serving the Schuylkill Appreciation Night, an annual fundraiser for Schuylkill River Greenways (SRG). As part of the night’s festivities, we honored several deserving individuals and organizations for their support of SRG in our mission to connect people and communities to the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River Trail. The 2020 awards took place as a pre-recorded video before the paddling films viewing.