The MFF is catching on around the world, and it’s seeking new entries for 2015.
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Motorcycles and movies; it’s a perfect combination. Bikes have been featured in films since the teens of last century, used as compelling characters or dynamic plot shifters. Today, we’re in the middle of a moto-movie renaissance. It seems every custom shop has an in-house filmmaker, and every cool bike event is swarmed with filmies. Today’s rising tide of moto-mania has spurred bike factories to collaborate with rising garage artists, and inspired professional filmmakers to produce two-wheel feature films.
The Motorcycle Film Festival opened its doors in 2013, and from that first event in September in Brooklyn, it was clearly a hit. Screenings were at capacity from the get-go. With only three month’s notice to the world, 35 films were submitted; Why We Ride made its debut, and three other features and 12 short films were also screened. In 2014, MFF screenings in Brooklyn were totally sold out, standing-room-only full. Seventy films were submitted from every continent but Antarctica. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter made its premiere, and Best of Fest winner Daniel Rintz, who directed the amazing travel diary Somewhere Else Tomorrow, was awarded $2,000 and a Honda to make the MFF trailer for 2015. The judging ranks in 2014 swelled to include “Art of the Motorcycle” curator Ultain Guilfoyle, plus film directors Peter Starr, Amos Poe, and Eric Ristau (the 2013 Best of Fest winner for Best Bar in America), custom bike legends Shinya Kimura, Roland Sands, and Paul Cox, the Selvedge Yard’s JP, and others.
For 2015, the MFF expands with screenings at the Wheels & Waves festival (Biarritz, France) in June, and atEICMA (Milan, Italy) in November. Submissions for 2015 are officially open. The MFF has already exceeded its 2014 numbers, and the festival will wait until June 1 for more films to arrive.
The word is out, and the MFF’s growing international presence guarantees another amazing mix of shorts, documentaries, experimental films, music videos, and feature films for our 2015 Festival screenings. If you have a film that’s motorcycle-related, or know someone who’s shy and needs global exposure, reach the MFF at www.motorcyclefilmfestival.com.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that! It’s cheap to enter your film, and the submission process is simple. The MFF is expanding beyond Brooklyn for the American screenings in 2015/2016, so watch this space for new dates.
Cycle World’s Paul d’Orléans, our Custom & Style Editor, serves as the event host and chief judge for The Motorcycle Film Festival.