February 22nd and 23rd will be the 25th Annual NPFF, celebrating 25 years of promoting River Conservation through “The Best in Paddlesport Video and Image Competition”.
This year’s Guest Hosts are the winners of the “Best of Festival” and “Accomplished General” awards at NPFF 2007, The Range Life. From NPFF 2008 Video Coordinator, Phillip Sisk:
“The Range Life crew will join us all the way from the Pacific Northwest. TRL is fresh off last year’s stunning zip line footage film that took top honors and back from IR’s ‘Vacation to Hell’ in the Peru jungle this summer. We are excited to bring these boys to the southeast to host the NPFF.”
Also, NPFF 2007 Guest Host, John Grace of Lunch Video Magazine, will be returning to do a LVM Premier for NPFF 2008.
We have lots of gear coming in from for the Silent Auction. Some of the items already received are books and shirts from Helliconia Press, an instruction package from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, and BOATS! Plenty of boats from Dagger, WaveSport, and Jackson Kayaks, with more on the way.
The Bluegrass Brewing Company is again providing beverages for the NPFF, and we will have a big Awards Party with great local live talent again this year.
Now for the big news – the NPFF has a new location, the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery Lodge in Frankfort, Kentucky – the oldest continually operating distillery in the U.S.! The Lodge has ample seating and room for the masses, including a bar area off the viewing hall and a full kitchen and dining area in the downstairs area for the Silent Auction and sponsor tables. This location is only 20 minutes further for people coming from I-75, and is actually closer for those coming from I-65. It is centrally located in historic Frankfort, the Capital City of Kentucky. There is ample parking onsite for the event, and we will have a shuttle service set up for those who may party like rock stars. We have a block of 75 rooms reserved at the Capital Plaza Hotel, which is only a half-mile from the event site. Rooms are $74 per night. We will have the reservation forms posted on the NPFF website later this week.
The Downtown Frankfort Tourism Board is excited to have us there. They will be providing goodie bags for attendees, including discounts to the local downtown merchants. There are several good restaurants, including a great pizzeria, a Middle-Eastern restaurant (with belly dancing on Fridays!), a deli, an upscale restaurant, a fantastic wine bar, and several others. We are pulling out all the stops to make the transition to the new location a great one!
Tickets will be on sale online soon, through the generous help of American Whitewater.
Look for updates on our website later this week, and plan to attend the 25th Annual National Paddling Film Festival. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Director, NPFF 2008
NPFF website – http://www.surfbwa.org/npff
American Whitewater – http://www.americanwhitewater.org/
The Range Life – http://www.therangelife.blogspot.com/
Buffalo Trace Distillery – http://www.buffalotrace.com/
The Capital Plaza Hotel – http://www.capitalplazaky.com/
Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Committee – http://www.visitfrankfort.com/