Herds of bicycle enthusiasts from around the world will flock to New York City this June for the Bicycle Film Festivalʼs Eleventh year in NY, to celebrate the worldʼs best invention: the bicycle.
We are proud to announce the Bicycle Film Festivalʼs 11th year in New York City, where the BFF was born!
The BFFʼs immense popularity and continued growth has evolved hand in hand with the unprecedented boom in urban cycling internationally. From its roots in New York City, the BFF has grown into a multi-faceted, global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from Milan to Tokyo, Minneapolis to Sydney.
In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film.
The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, mountain biking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding.
“NY is one of the greatest bicycle cities in the world” says Brendt Barbur. “We are very happy to bring the BFF back home.”
Film highlights include the World Premiere of Racing toward red hooks (Dir. Jessica Scott & Hyde Harper), the story of 3 cyclists of diverse backgrounds competing in one of New York Cityʼs biggest underground events, the 2011 Red Hook Criterium.
The rules are simple: 20 laps, one gear, zero brakes.
Sunchasers (Dir. Irvin Coffee) This documentary explores the world of competitive cycling through the lives of three disabled women, each in distinct periods of their cycling careers as they prepare for the Paralympics.
BFF11 showcases a stellar collection of short films, including Last minute with Oden (winner of Vimeoʼs Best Video Award), dramatic documentary about Odenʼs struggle with cancer, Bikelordz: Stunts and styles from Accra, Ghana, showcasing a new interesting bike culture, and Bike Race, a bike animation that puts some of cyclingʼs greats head to head.
Aside from the films, experience Bikes Rock, a BFF kick-off concert, June 22, Joiride art show June 23 at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Gold sprints party June 24 at The Acheron, BFF street party June 25 in the Lower East Side and Let the rythm rock dance party, June 25 at China Chalet.
For the most up to date information on the festival visit bicyclefilmfestival.com