Virtual Film Festival is now available online!

Support Your Local Tour Host

The 16th annual Paddling Film Festival showcases the very best paddling films of the year ­­and is now screening in theatres and living rooms everywhere.

A Note from the Film Festival Crew:

For 2021, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and restricted public gatherings, we’re adapting our 130+ city tour and evolving the Paddling Film Festival. “We’re committed to supporting our local outdoor communities with engaging live shows in theatres, school auditoriums and church basements,” says festival founder and director Scott MacGregor. “We’ve always believed the best place to see the year’s best paddling films is on the big screen surrounded by friends and family—but we know this year is different.”

The Paddling Film Festival has awarded $81,500 in cash prizes to filmmakers and World Tour hosts have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charitable projects. World Tour hosts, such as paddling shops, clubs and events, donate proceeds from ticket sales and on-site fundraisers to local causes.

For this year, local hosts can now provide their viewers with virtual programs in the comfort and safety of their homes. And to offset smaller live screenings and further support local fundraising efforts, local hosts will share in the virtual screening ticket sales revenues. 

“It’s not just about enjoying an evening of the year’s best paddling films,” says MacGregor. “We needed to design our hybrid World Tour model so local screenings will continue to support local social initiatives and environmental projects.” 

So far, the 16th annual Paddling Film Festival World Tour features 18 of the year’s best paddling films. Additional virtual programs will be released mid-February and throughout 2021.

“We’ll pack all the local cinemas with paddlers again soon,” says MacGregor. “In the meantime, our new hybrid World Tour format will continue on a limited big screen, thousands of small screens, and even your mobile phone screen.”

The Paddling Film Festival has screened in theatres 984 times to more than 296,864 audience members. The World Tour is one of the largest paddling events and continues to inspire us to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate wild places. 

Buy virtual tickets:

A Note from your host/Moondance:

We want to sincerely thank everyone for the kind words and support over the last year. While we are disappointed to go another year where we can not host the film festival live, we are so proud of our community for being resilient and supporting one another during a very difficult year. We hope you are able to enjoy the 2020/2021 films on their virtual platform and look forward to celebrating again when the timing is right and we are ready to safely gather again. Until then, stay in touch and paddle on! 

Much love,

Kristi + The Moondance Team

Questions: Contact Kristi at or call Moondance at (360) 738-7664


How do I view the films? Use the link or simply click “buy tickets” and you will be redirected to the World Tour ticket site. They will then send you a link to access all the films! 

Do you have a coupon code? Yes! Use MOONDANCE10 at check out for 10% off! 

Does this support Moondance? Yes, the Film Festival is giving us a small commission kickback when folks use our links. We hope to use this money to be able to bring you the film festival again live and in person one day in the future.

Check out the 2020 promo video below!


A Note From your Host: I am super excited to help create an opportunity for our Northwest paddling community to come together under one roof in Bellingham; to celebrate the abundance of water we have in our backyard. The diversity of our paddling community is incredible! From surf skiers, to sea kayakers, whitewater paddlers, outrigger clubs, junior racers, SUPers, kayak anglers, slalom boaters, and casual lake paddlers: there is truly something for every paddler here in Bellingham. My goal in hosting the World Tour Paddling Film Festival is to inspire each of us across our paddling disciplines on land, so we can dream big and enjoy the freedom of the water in our craft. Not a paddler yet? Have you been waiting for the right moment to say YES to paddling, and get in a boat for the first time? I hope to spark that sense of a greater self when watching these amazing films that have been produced all over the world. I hope you laugh, cry, and keep that jaw dropped; the way I did when selecting the films to show here. We are all in this together, protecting our water, playing in the places we love, and sharing in epic (and not so epic) journeys with the ones we love. I hope you all can join me and the Moondance Kayak Adventures team in celebrating the 2nd annual Bellingham screening of the World Tour Paddling Film Festival presented by Rapid Media - I know you won't regret it! Big thanks to all the film crews and participants for inspiring us all! For the love of water - let us celebrate! Kristi Kucera | Owner/Guide | Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures

For LIVE shows 

If you’d like to volunteer, host a booth, or find out other ways to participate in the festival while celebrating with your paddling community contact Kristi at 


BIG shout-out to our Gold Sponsor Eddyline Kayaks. Eddyline Kayaks have been manufacturing premier touring kayaks and paddles in Burlington, WA since 1971. Check them out here!