The RIO “Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards” is an opportunity for amateur fly fishing film makers to showcase this wonderful sport by entering a short film into this online film competition. Your submission could be a short story, a documentary, a collection of awesome shots, or even a clip from your cellphone that you feel deserves to be seen. Let your creativity be your guide! The rules are quite simple - make a 3-minute or less fly fishing film, and enter your film to be judged by the RIO panel, and by like-minded fly fishing enthusiasts on a variety of social media outlets.

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The idea of this film award is not to showcase the quality of the videography, but of the content. A film with more fly fishing fun, passion and good content that is low res or poorly edited will have far more chance of winning than a glossy, high res film of fly fishing scenery, wildlife and moods. So, get out there with your fly rod & camera, shoot your fun and send it in – you could win an epic RIO fishing trip to Idaho, a check for $500 and an entry into the prestigious IF4 event.

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There are two different categories of award:

1) The “RIO Award”, with a first and second place award for the top two films as judged by RIO’s marketing team. The winning film maker will have an all-expenses paid trip to Idaho Falls* (see full details and conditions of prizes) to meet the RIO team, receive $300 value of RIO products of their choice, and have 3 days fishing on the local Idaho waters with some of the RIO crew. In addition, the winner will receive a cash prize of $500, and an entry into the “original film short” category from the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) - North America’s premium fly fishing film event. The runner up will receive $500 worth of RIO products of their choice.

2) The other category is the “Viewer’s Choice Award”, based upon total votes received from viewers that watch the films on the variety of social media outlets that will be used to host and promote this competition. The overall winning film maker will receive $1,000 worth of Sage, RIO & Redington fishing tackle of their choice, while the runner up will receive $500 worth of RIO products of their choice. In the event of any tie, RIO’s marketing team will make the final decision.

Full terms & conditions of the RIO Award prize can be found by clicking on this link.

The “Viewer’s Choice” award will be judged monthly, with the top three voted films each month going through to the grand final. At the end of the competition, all 3rd & 2nd place films will be entered into their own “final”, with the winner of each final going through to the grand final. Each monthly winner will receive an “InTouch” RIO fly line of their choice, while each monthly runner up will receive a RIO “Premier” line of their choice, and each third placed winner will receive their choice of an “Avid”, or “Mainstream” fly line. In the event of any tie, the RIO panel will cast a deciding vote.

Full details of RIO Fishing tackle Prizes can be found here

The “RIO Award” will be judged by RIO's panel from the Grand Finalists, announced at the close of the competition.

Terms & Conditions of each Monthly award can be found by clicking on the link.

"Tenkara Kid" - 2017 Grand Winner

The grand winner of the inaugural RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards was Mark Steudel, with his wonderful "Tenkara Kid". Check it out here.