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Paddling Film Festival

2 Hr. 0 Min.
Not Rated
Screening format: DCP

Join us for this year's best paddling films!


The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world. With 26 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the 10 festival category winners, the audience may see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, or grueling kayak fishing battles. 

Attracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, festival goers can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films. Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. The Paddling Film Festival World Tour has grown to become one of the largest paddling events in the world.

The Paddling Film Festival is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Outdoor Pursuits, a co-curricular outdoor recreation program that provides outdoor recreation experiences and outdoor education opportunities for UW-Milwaukee students. UWM Outdoor Pursuits also offers learning opportunities and certification courses for the broader community.

 If you choose to contribute at the higher ticket price of Student Scholarship Supporter, your extra funds will go directly to a student scholarship that provides better access to outdoor programs for UW-Milwaukee students that would otherwise struggle to participate in outdoor recreation. Applicants are awarded assistance based on applications that reflect these three criteria: level of financial need, why they seek to participate, and what they hope to gain from the experience. All students are welcome to apply who identify significant financial barriers to participation in outdoor recreation programs.


Don't miss the Outdoor Expo that will occur in the lobby from 6-7PM! Exhibitors will also be in the lobby during intermission and afterward.


Overview of the Night: 

6:00-7:00PM -- Outdoor Expo in the theater lobby
6:30PM -- Doors open for Paddling Film Festival
7:00PM -- Main event begins
7:45PM -- Intermission
9:00PM -- Films festival ends

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The Oriental Theatre’s parent organization, Milwaukee Film, offers exclusive monthly screenings of festival-quality films, ticket and merchandise discounts, early access to film festival tickets, private event invites, and other fantastic perks to its members. As a member, you’ll be a part of a growing community of film fans who are passionate about sharing cinematic experiences and furthering film culture in the Milwaukee area. Milwaukee Film memberships are tax deductible and begin as low as $65/year.

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