FUNDING THE NEXT GREAT FILM
Each year, we award over $50,000 in grants to emerging and established filmmakers.
FILM INITIATIVES
Wading For Change BIPOC Filmmakers Grant
Presented by Fat Tire

This $20,000 grant is for filmmakers of color to share stories that increase representation in nature. It is aimed at emerging filmmakers, who have not directed more than two distributed short films..

Submissions are now closed.

Adventure Filmmakers Pitch Event
Presented by Stio

Five filmmakers pitch their next ideas in front of a live audience at our Flagship Festival for the opportunity to be awarded up to $15,000.

Applications are now closed.

5 Point Film Fund
Presented by NRS

The 5 Point Film Fund consists of two separate grants:

- 5 Point Film will award up to $5,000 to a project that aligns with our guiding principles.

- NRS will award $10,000 to a project that pushes the boundaries of the traditional paddling or water-focused film.

Submissions for 2024-2025 will open on June 27.

Funded films highlights
To Be Frank
Filmmaker: Anna Burns

To Be Frank explores authenticity and surfing in Frank Paine, a 73-year-old humble local legend whose life orbits around a two-block stretch of beach. His unforgettable mustache and magnetic spirit are what most first notice, but Frank’s deeper layers expose a depth that might answer some questions that us surfers continually ask ourselves.

ONE FOR ALL
Filmmaker: Spencer Miller, Michael Stevens

Tony Drees has dealt with life in an abusive household, a bomb striking his barracks in the Gulf War, a battle with cancer, and an amputation of his right leg up to his hip—yet he retains a ceaseless optimism. After everything, skiing has become one of his main passions, and this winter, at age 55, he plans to attempt a backflip despite the odds.

Driving Sweep
Filmmaker: Greg Cairns

Few river guides ever get the chance to drive Idaho’s Iconic sweep boat. Driving Sweep follows Katie Veteto as she learns how to “drive sweep” down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. She’s learned the rapids and the river, but can she stand on a 4,000lbs raft and drive it safely down steep rocky rapids?

Thanks to our amazing filmmakers for sharing their work. What will you make?