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Heliconia Film Selected as Finalist in the 2020 Kendal Mountain Film Festival

By December 3, 2020No Comments

Heliconia is proud to announce their short film The New Generation of Whitewater Kayakers has been selected for the 2020 Kendal Mountain Festival. This year’s festival has gone completely virtual, with films available on-demand until December 31st.

The New Generation of Whitewater Kayakers is part of Heliconia’s award-winning digital series Paddle Tales, hosted by former World Champion Whitewater Kayaker Ken Whiting. For almost 30 years, Ken’s life has been guided by the paddle in his hands. Now, his passion for whitewater has come full circle, as he and his 9-year old daughter, along with some close family friends, run the river and challenge the whitewater in separate kayaks for the first time.

“These girls are the future of paddling,” reflects Brendan Mark, Heliconia Vice-President. Mark is another former World Champion Whitewater Kayaker and was also featured, along with his two young daughters, in The New Generation of Whitewater Kayakers. “It’s incredible seeing these girls, some of the youngest on the river, experience the joy, freedom and adrenaline rush of the whitewater.”

The New Generation of Whitewater Kayakers was filmed and produced this summer, during a COVID-19 inspired Ontario road-trip. With Heliconia’s international filming plans postponed due to the pandemic, the Beachburg based video production company pivoted its production plans and turned its lens to the incredible paddling adventures found in its home province. A full playlist of the Paddle Tales episodes captured this summer can be found here: https://youtu.be/icdDMEwBwU0. The series was made possible with the support of Bell Fund and Ontario Creates.

This is not the first time Heliconia’s Paddle Tales shorts have received international attention. Paddle Tales: Sea Kayaking les-lles-de-la-Madeleine received honorable mentions in the 2019 Waterwalker Film Festival, while Paddle Tales: Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Côte-Nord, Québec won that festival’s award for the Best Canadian Location. Earlier this year, Paddle Tales: Le Boat was awarded Silver at the 41st Telly Awards.  

Kendal Mountain Film Festival’s full festival program can be found online at www.kendalmountainfestival.com. For a preview of Heliconia’s award-winning short films, check out Heliconia’s promo reel or visit www.heliconia.ca.

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces seven unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Epic Trails: Mountain Biking, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, Peak Experience, The Great Family Adventure, Chad Hoover Fishing and The Kayak Fishing Show with Jim Sammons. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.