Let’s face it, with good technology within easy reach—everyone’s a budding photographer, filmmaker or both these days. Enter RIO products, with its new Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards geared more toward fun than producing A River Runs Through It, Part Deux.
“These awards create opportunities for anglers to showcase this sport by entering a short film of their recent outings and [fish]catches in a format that anyone, anywhere can access,” says Simon Gawesworth, RIO brand manager.
“Amateur filmmakers don’t get a shot at the big screen but still make great films,” he adds, “and we want to draw attention to their work and to the filmmakers in these short films.”
The idea behind the competition is for anglers to create a film up to four minutes long and submit it to RIO for a public vote. There’s a chance for one filmmaker to win a paid trip to Idaho for three days of fly fishing with the RIO crew. In addition, prize packages from RIO, Sage, and Redington will go to various category winners.
The competition runs through March, with periodic winners announced each month. Grand prizewinners will be announced on May 12, 2017.