2019 Waterwalker Winners and Honourable Mentions

Title Name Minutes Category Description

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Côte-Nord, Québec

Sierra Stinson 13.22 Canadian Location Paddle Tales host, Ken Whiting, travels to Côte-Nord, Québec—a seemingly boundless area that’s known for its rugged beauty and diversity of its wildlife—to go sea kayaking with puffins and monoliths in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, as well as stand up paddle and whitewater kayak one of the many rivers that drops into the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence River.


Henry Worobec 0h 39m 17s Raft In Perú, the headwaters of the Amazon River cut through the Andes Mountains and help sustain resident communities as well as the most diverse ecosystem on Earth. As the energy demands of Perú increase, the currently free flowing Marañón River faces over 20 proposed dam projects, two of which have already been approved. Our international team of scientists and river experts spent 28 days rafting the Marañón while documenting the natural and cultural resources that would be eminently impacted by proposed dam projects.

We Are Send

Adrian Mattern 3.48 River Kayak This edit is a little bit about the story of send but it is much more about what you can accomplish with a great set of friends. It has been a crazy two years since we formed SEND and we are looking forward to plenty more. Contact information – Starring Bren Orton Adrian Mattern Dane Jackson Kalob Grady Music by Plan B – Guess again

The Undamaged

Carmen Kuntz 51.25 Documentary The Balkan Peninsula cradles Europe’s last wild rivers and supports abundant wildlife and healthy, intact ecosystems. These rivers are The Undamaged – clean, pristine, and undammed. With over 2,700 small and large hydro power plants planned or under construction in the Balkans, corruption and greed are destroying the last free-flowing rivers of Europe. Follow the Balkan Rivers Tour, a crew of whitewater kayakers, filmers, photographers and friends who decided to stand up for the rivers, travelling from Slovenia to Albania for 36 days, kayaking 23 rivers in 6 countries to protest the dams and show the world the secret, wild rivers of the Balkans. The film honours everyday people and local activists who are fighting to defend rivers and aims to spread the word of the plight of these rivers.

The Passage

Kori Price 25.19 Adventure A story of growing up, growing old and the wild places that define us.

Junk Paddle

Beau Miles 11 Inspirational You can buy a paddle, or buy wood to make a paddle, but what about making one from junk? Collecting junk wood found between my train station and my office, this is the story of a junk-made-paddle.

Rising Waters

Richard Alexander 24.53 Canoe Rising Waters documents an attempt to be the first group to run all the rapids of the lower Terra Nova River in Tandem Canoe. At the start of the decent, water levels were 50% higher than the group had hoped and heavy rain during the trip pushed the levels higher, increasing group’s anxiety. The story also connects two generations of paddlers, all of whom love the river

Wild Temagami

Hailey Sonntag 13.57 Best Environmental Environmental documentary on canoeists Hap and Andrea Wilson in Temagami, home to the worlds largest stand of old growth forests in the world. The film highlights Hap and Andrea Wilson’s relationship with the Temagami wilderness and the threats that the land faces.

Confessions of a Baja addict

Justine Curgenven 22 Sea Kayak There’s a reason why Ginni Callahan says ‘It’s an addiction!’ but she doesn’t want a cure. With stunning drone footage, wildlife galore and good humor, the first film by Justine Curgenven in 3 years showcases why one woman makes her annual migration down to Baja to kayak, surf and star gaze. Mexico is home to 10% of the worlds wildlife and almost 40% of the world’s species of dolphins & whales. The sea is clear and warm and you don’t need a drysuit. . Join Ginni and Justine at surf camp, in Loreto and on a remote 14 day trip around the 2nd biggest island in the Sea of Cortez.


Trevor Tunnington 4.22 SUP Three friends paddled around Iceland checking out the sights. These passionate and elite Stand Up Paddle Boarding paddlers want to showcase the unique views and opporunties of touring from a SUP perspective.

Green Paddle Down

Thom Harvey Kline 20 Amateur Five guys paddle down the Green River Utah looking for the ancient ones

Adventure in Understanding

7:28 AM Honourable Mention with a Youth Focus The Canoe, an iconic Canadian vessel symbolizing respect, relevance, reciprocity and reconciliation.  The Adventure in Understanding embodies that spirit in bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous youth from across the province and the globe, to be proud leaders to share and to experience aspects of Indigenous culture to lead to greater understanding and reconciliation.

Bears Ears

Hank Leukart 28.45 Honourable Mention When two paddlers head out on a backpacking and packrafting trip to explore Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, the protected area created by President Barack Obama and recently slashed by Donald Trump, they discover a political battle that epitomizes the strange culture war sweeping the nation.

Manor Makers / Trade Routes

Christopher Jarratt 3.18 Honourable Mention Documenting the production and maiden voyage of a canoe built by The Manor Makers, the Trade Routes exhibition lifts the lid off an extraordinary project led by Sheffield-based artist Christopher Jarratt. The Manor Makers, are a group of young people who want to learn. Over three months, they worked to build the land and water-going vessel. The completed canoe was paddled, horse drawn and portaged from Manor to Site Gallery in the heart of Sheffield, UK.

Paddle Tales: Sea Kayak Surfing in Jamaica

Sierra Stinson 4.14 Honourable Mention While the island of Jamaica is surrounded by beautiful blue ocean and blessed with great surf along much of the coast, the surfing scene is surprisingly small and undeveloped. Hoping to change all that is Jamaica’s ‘First Family of Surfing’, the Wilmot’s. With a passion for both surf and Jamaican culture, the Wilmot family lives and plays at Jamnesia Surf Camp, a surf school located just outside of Kingston and a short paddle out to some of the best surf breaks you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Paddle Tales: Sea Kayaking les-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Sierra Stinson 7.57 Honourable Mention Looking to experience some world-class waves himself, Ken Whiting meets up with two members of the Wilmot family, Icah and Ivah, to sea kayak and surf some of the big waves the area has to offer; A breathtaking chain of islands located far from anywhere else in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, les Îles de la Madeleine are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Join host, Ken Whiting, as he sea kayaks along the stunning coastline, explores amazing sea caves and discovers the unique pleasures of island living.

Dear Liza

David Hartman Honourable Mention This short film features a postcard home and highlights the magic and beauty of sea kayaking with the abundant wildlife of the B.C. coast. Shot in the Broughton Archipelago and Great Bear Rainforest.

Our 2018 Lineup can be found here

2017 Waterwalker Film Festival Winners & Honourable Mentions

Botella                                         Environment

Mike McKay                                   5:11 minutes

The Rio Alseseca in Mexico tears its way from a dormant volcano high above Veracruz in a ceaseless torrent of waterfalls, a wildly majestic river that is one of the most unique in the world. The river, beloved as a paddler playground, plummets its way through towns and villages filling its banks and eddies with filth and forgotten things. Discarded as a dump, a small legion of paddlers are hoping a race through this heart-quickening waterscape might be the best way to save it.

Jondachi                                    Canadian Filmmaker 

Mike McKay/ Guy Erb                 12:51 minutes

The Jondachi river cuts its way through the jungles of the Napo Valley in Ecuador. For those who live with the river it provides more than a physical connection. It provides a connection that fills the spirit.

Rediscover North America                               Adventure

Winchell Delano, Dan Flynn                                       45 minutes

In March of 2014, six friends decided to attempt a canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. Nine months later, they set out to do just that. They battled against the current on the Mighty Mississippi, weathered a winter of snow and ice, traversed massive lakes, dodged constantly shifting forest fires, and shot challenging whitewater. It took eight long months to complete the journey.

Eyes of God                                                            Action

Olaf Obsommer                                                            30:58 minutes

Thirty-three-year-old Tomass Marnics from Latvia has put together an international team of extreme kayakers. Together they plan to descent the legendary Saryjaz River. The expedition will take the adventurers directly to the Eyes of God, a mystical cliff face reminiscent of an enormous human face, in the no-man’s land between Kyrgyzstan and China.

Women Outward Bound                                Youth Adventure 

Maxine Davis and Melody Gilbert                          28:14 minutes

Fifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound wilderness school. Then 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them and history forever.

Download link: sent directly to WWFF by Maxine Davis


Wild Ones                                                        Music Adventure

Frank Wolf                                                            47:57 minutes

Wild ones documents an unconventional 750 km-long music tour undertaken by musician Peirson Ross and his roadie/tour manager, Frank Wolf. Instead of using his usual touring van, Peirson decides to promote his latest album by travelling fully self-propelled using that most quintessential of Canadian vehicles: the canoe.

Vimeo Trailer:

Message in a Plastic Bottle                        Best Sea Kayak Film 

Ken Campbell                                                        21:55 minutes

Message in a Plastic Bottle tells the story of the 150 mile journet of the Hyas jiem, a kayak constructed out of discarded single-use plastic bottles. This improbably voyage through Washington’s Puget Sound was made to help raise awareness about the proliferation of single-use plastics and the effect they have on our marine environment. Message in a Plastic Bottle is a documentary account of a unique small-boat adventure focused on the effects that plastic is having in the world’s oceans.

Vimeo trailer:

Together to the Tundra                                  Canadian Location

Dan Clark                                                                   21 minutes

TUNDRA = BUGS = CRAZY right? There is a lot more to the tundra than bugs, but few visit this northern wilderness. Paddling ancient waterways, our extended family discovers an exotic realm that is more isolated, varied, and memorable than we imagined.

River of a Path                                                Amateur

Alberto Sachero                                                    58:37 minutes

A solo canoe trip, from the centre of Turin in the nord-west Italy to the channels of Venice nord-east Italy, on a water trail along 400 miles. A journey full of emotions and feelings, the discovery off extraordinary landscapes and bizarre encounters with people of the banks. A journey in the silence with the sound of nature.


The Canoe                                                 Best Canoe Film 

Goh Iromoto                                                  26:58 minutes

“If it is love that blinds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” –  James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and director emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol – the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. This film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.

Labrador Passage                                   Inspirational 

Peter Marshall                                                23:05 minutes

Labrador Passage is a documentary film that follows two men who set out to retrace a historic 1905 canoe journey through Labrador, using non-synthetic equipment such as a waxed canvas tent, tin-cloth rain gear and a cedar-canvas canoe. Blending history, adventure and profiles of the men and women who made the gear, this film explores what it means to be inspired and defeated by the wilderness.

Vimeo Trailers:

We Are Not Ready                                    Best Short

Hugo Clouzeau                                                  4:24 minutes

This summer French paddlers Stephane Pion – Mathieu Coldebella – Louis Hetier – Guillaume Fievez and Hugo Clouzeau will be exploring the rivers of Iceland. It will be a hell of a trip! BUT are they ready to throw themselves in those powerful Icelandic waterfalls? Before taking off, why not practice on some drops in the French Jura. 

Alone on the River                                    Documentary

Stephane Pion                                                    37 minutes

In the heart of the Himilayas, 5 world-class paddlers embark on a month long self-supported kayaking adventure. In this spectacularly harsh world of snow, rock and water, they’re faced with a myriad of challenges. Surviving and supporting one another proves harder than expected. Logistics are crucial. A whitewater kayak has minimal loading capacity, making the duration of the trip the critical factor.

From the back alleys of Kathmandu to the deepest gorges of the Langu Kola, via the frozen summits of the Upper Dolpo, experience this exceptional expedition.


Why                            7:08 minutes                                    Social Media

Les Eaux Blanches (French) (English)   52 minutes Feature Length

Hugo Clouzeau

Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls, towards the sea. Director Hugo Clouzeau and a crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why?”

“Why? Why do we do this?”

In the GoPro age, images of extreme feats flood our social media streams. We watch skiers drop into impossibly steep and narrow shoots. We follow jumpers in wing suits flying over mountains. We see climbers, slackliners, mountain bikers and paddlers doing things that appear to most people insane, but the action seems empty when we don’t understand the motivation behind it. “Why?” we ask. “Why do they do this?”

WHY, a short film from NRS and We Are Hungry, goes beyond the spectacle of extreme kayaking in search of an elusive answer. (English)  (French)

Yukon SUP 2016                                        Best SUP Film 

Thomas Schillig                                            5:57 minutes

The Yukon River is one of the most historic River in North America. 120 years ago, thousands of stampeders went on the river to find their fortune. Today the gold has almost gone, but the adventure is still there. Find the fortune and discover this abandoned wilderness by Stand Up Paddleboard.

Honourable Mentions

Natla River: Ride the Dragon 

Dan Wong                                                        6 minutes

A journey down the remote and beautiful Natla River, Sahtu Region, Northwest Territories.

In the Middle of Everything

Nicholas Castel                                            4:21 minutes

This film is about the moments that stick in your heart forever, and those that rush you by in a whirlwind. In the north, the epic landscapes can make you feel like a small and insignificant part of the picture. But the existence of all things, no matter their size or function is significant at all scales. We exist in the perfectly intricate and unexplainable reality, “in the middle of everything”. Shot in Nunavut, Labrador, Greenland.

Vimeo link: 

Wilderness Trails 

Daryl Phillips & Scott Jordan                     40:21 minutes

After 22 years of paddling the waterways of Killarney Provincial Park, Daryl Phillips and Scott Jordan traded in their paddles for trekking poles. Wilderness Trails brings you along for the hike and shares with you their experience of hiking through the backcountry of the La Cloche Silhouette Trail within Killarney Provincial Park.

YouTube Trailer:

Follow us on: