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.

A simple message: 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 all-expenses paid, epic RIO fishing trip to Idaho, a check for $500 and an entry into the prestigious IF4 event.

Vote now for your second place favorite

(winner goes through to the grand final)

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Notable Dates

  • Opening date for entries and submissions: October 1st, 2017
  • Closing date for entries and submissions: March 31st, 2018.
  • Closing date for March entries voting: April 7th, 2018.
  • 3rd place voting: Week of April 10th, 2018.
  • 2nd place voting: Week of April 23rd, 2018.
  • Top 8 Finalists announced, and final voting opens: Week of May 1st, 2018
  • Voting closes: May 11th, 2018
  • Winners Announced: May 15th, 2018.
  • Idaho Falls Fishing Trip: 1st week of August, 2018 (TBC)

"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.