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Made in association with Fish Munga, the movie CONGO: The Grand Inga Project, which documented legendary kayaker Steve Fisher’s epic first descent of the world’s biggest rapids in the Democratic Republic of Congo, won Best Film. Fisher, who also directed, produced and edited the film, won Athlete of the Year.
Flowing at over 1.6 million cubic feet per second, the Inga Rapids are some of the world’s most dangerous rapids. Fisher and his highly-skilled expedition crew were the first paddlers ever to navigate the rapids successfully.
|The way he told the story, the characters he introduced, and the river itself - it all made for a winning film. We judge on all elements of filmmaking, including cinematography, editing, storytelling, music, and action, and in CONGO, every aspect was done well. It's a film that will transcend its sport. - X-Dance Festival Director and Head Judge Brian Wimmer|
CONGO was the first kayak movie ever to win Best Film at X-Dance, and it’s also the first time Athlete of the Year has been awarded to an athlete who also directed the film.
|This film festival means a lot to me because it's the only one completely dedicated to action sports. To have that panel of judges call my film the best action sports film of the year is the most satisfying moment for a filmmaker. I had two goals: To be the first to kayak the world's biggest rapids and to legitimize myself as a filmmaker. I'm proud to say I was able to do both. - South African native Steve Fisher|
Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment’s Where the Trail Ends, which followed the world’s best freeride mountain bikers as they searched for un-ridden terrain around the globe, won Best Director for Jeremy Grant and Best Cinematography for Brad McGregor. The film documents man’s challenge with Mother Nature through a cast of colorful characters and showcases the most progressive mountain bike riding ever seen.
For more about CONGO
|This is an awesome achievement for the entire team behind Where the Trail Ends. This was a huge collaboration between a lot of talented and passionate people and without every one of them, it wouldn't have been possible. - Director Jeremy Grant|
: The Grand Inga Project or to purchase your own copy of the film, please visit www.ingaproject.com
For more about Where the Trail Ends or to purchase your own copy of the film, please visit www.wherethetrailends.com
For more about the X-Dance Film Festival, please visit www.x-dance.org
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