In its first year the BFF buzzed with National Press and sold out shows.
It has not stopped since.
Brendt Barbur, Founding Festival Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival when he was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. In 2001, Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.
The Bicycle Film Festival has been a major catalyst for the urban bike movement, one of the most powerful and culturally relevant forces of the last decade. The BFF is sure to carry this momentum into the next decade. The BFF is a huge catalyst for the rise of CITY CYCLING internationally.
More and more people are riding bikes daily. People now identify with bicycling as a lifestyle. There is a huge fervor for bicycle culture. The Bicycle Film Festival is the place for brands to interact in an authentic way to this demographic. The Bicycle Film Festival is here to raise and reinforce the positive profile of cyclists to celebrate bicycling in its myriad of forms.
There is no denying the environmental and health benefits that bicycling inherently entails. Bicyclists promote a healthy lifestyle using an ecologically sound form of transportation. Our base audience is composed of young, trendsetting city-dwellers who love and identify with film, art, music and sports. We have a loyal following that travels to different cities and countries to be part of the Bicycle Film Festival. The festival has had a significant impact on youth culture and has been embraced by many, including leaders in the realms of music, fashion, design, fine art, sports and film.
The BFF has exceeded expectations. It is able to draw more and more attendees from year to year. Every year we sell out screenings throughout the world.
We screen films from established artists to emerging filmmakers who have a shared passion for bicycles.