15th Annual Filmed By Bike Film Festival Celebrates Cycling And Storytelling – May 5-7, 2017

Festival features 80 of the world’s best short bike films, Base Camp Brewing opening night street party, Filmmaker Bike Tour with visit to Chris King Precision Components facility

PORTLAND, Oregon (March 3, 2017) – Mix bike fanatics with avid film lovers for a weekend of the world’s best independent bike movies at the 15th annual Filmed by Bike Film Festival. The popular film festival returns to the historic Hollywood Theatre May 5-7, 2017 with six unique programs. The jury-selected film festival kicks off with the Base Camp Brewing Street Party at Velo Cult Bike Shop followed by two “opening night” film screenings. Each screening will showcase 10-15 short, exciting movies featuring love stories, glorious feats of adventure, animated shorts, documentaries and more. Other programming throughout the weekend includes Adventure Night, Bike Love, Triumph and Race to the Finish, as well as filmmaker Q&A sessions and a filmmaker bike ride and tour with visiting and local filmmakers.

“We had a record number of film submissions this year and expanded the festival to accommodate as many films as possible, “said Festival Director and Founder Ayleen Crotty. “As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are seeing a trend in bike movies that feature stories with more heart, being told by people who are a part of those stories.”

According to David Williams, juror and co-producer of The Moth PDX, “Well-produced films bring all elements of storytelling together to transport us into a different world. And that new world can change you.”

Filmed by Bike Festival Trailer 2017 from Filmed by Bike on Vimeo.

2017 Highlights + Background

  • Filmed by Bike was founded in 2003 by Ayleen Crotty, a Portland resident and cycling activist.
  • 3 days. 80 films. 74 filmmakers. 18 countries.
  • The festival features a variety of film genres such as documentaries, animation, dramas and comedies. Filmmakers represent countries including Russia, Australia, Sweden, India, Slovenia, Germany, France, Japan and, of course, Oregon.
  • Awards ceremony will honor top filmmakers with the Golden Helmet Award, presented by Travel Oregon, and the Music Award, presented by Radio Room.
  • The main festival occurs each May in Portland, Oregon and then the Filmed by Bike On Tour Program sends film collections all over the world. For more details, please contact info@filmedbybike.org.
  • Filmmaker Q&A sessions following the Sunday programs.
  • Intermission Speed Raffle with over $3,500 in prizes presented by Sidekick Socks.
  • Filmmaker Bike Tour on Sunday, May 7 with visiting and local filmmakers, and includes a tour of Chris King Precision Components, a US manufacturing facility for high-end bike components.
  • View the 2017 Filmed by Bike Trailer here.
The Unipiper at a Filmed By Bike event sponsored by New Belgium Brewing in 2016. This year’s event will be sponsored by Base Camp Brewing.

Base Camp Brewing Street Party- Friday, May 5, 2017
The Base Camp Brewing Street Party opens the festival on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with a party adjacent to Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern. The free event is all ages and features live entertainment, the Base Camp beer garden, food vendors, a photo booth, live performance art, lawn games and a gigantic bike parking area.

Tickets + Information

  • Showtimes and complete schedule are available online at FilmedByBike.org
  • Cost: $11 per show; $60 for Festival Pass that offers exclusive screenings and events, unlimited access to all screenings, a Filmmaker Bike Tour and more.
  • Screenings and events are open to all ages.
  • Tickets are on sale now at FilmedByBike.org or at the Hollywood Theatre box office on opening night, space allowing.
  • Contact Info: FilmedByBike.org or 971-221-7228
Filmed By Bike at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon. (image courtesy of Filmed By Bike)

Filmed by Bike benefits NW Documentary, a non-profit organization that helps people tell their stories through film. Sponsors include: Amtrak, Cinelli Bicycles, Abus Locks, Travel Oregon, Radio Room, Knight Composite Wheels, Exposure Lights and Silver Stem Dispensary.

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