Press Release

Film Festival Paddles into Portland!

PORTLAND, Maine – The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) continues its series of Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour stops in 2013 with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) on March 29 on the campus of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The film festival showcases the best paddling films from around the world. Proceeds from the event support both the NFCT and MITA. This showing is one of nine screenings of the film festival that NFCT is hosting throughout New York and New England. The Portland show will include the premier screening of a new original short film about the Maine Island Trail.

A silent auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association, showcasing high quality gear, recreational activities, and original Maine art, will begin at 6:00 pm. A unique collection of auction items will be on hand, including a stand-up paddleboard, gift certificates to local restaurants, a variety of weekend getaways, sailing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting packages, selections from talented local artists, and much more. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvre will also be available.

This year, Lincoln Canoe & Kayak, maker of handcrafted canoe and kayaks in Freeport, Maine is partnering with NFCT to raffle a light-weight and versatile 2013 Chebeague kayak to be prized at the conclusion of this series of nine screenings. All attendees at the show will have an opportunity to enter a free raffle to win the boat.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is in its eighth year and features award winning films in 10 categories. The festival inspires people to explore rivers, lakes, and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle, and appreciate the heritage of wild places.

Doors for the March 29th event open at 6:00 pm, and the screenings begin at 7:00 pm in Hannaford Hall on the USM campus. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door or online in advance at


The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. With 25 years of community-building, stewardship, and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America’s first recreational water trail. The 375-mile waterway extends from the New Hampshire border to Cobscook Bay and the Canadian border. Current members enjoy access to Trail properties for day use or overnight visits in return for observing low-impact recreation techniques and guidelines outlined in MITA’s annual Trail Guide. For more information contact MITA at 207-761-8225, or visit

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest paddling trail in the nation. It runs from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine, through Vermont, Québec, and New Hampshire. In 2011 the Trail was named “Best Canoe Trail” by Outside Magazine and in 2012 the magazine named the Trail a “Best East Coast Adventure.” To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit or call 802-496-2285.