**COVID-19 UPDATE: As things continue to evolve during the pandemic, we are currently planning a hybrid festival for 2022. Unless updated otherwise, our festival will have both in-person theater screenings as well as virtual viewing opportunities. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate the state of physical gatherings and film exhibition during this time**

Filmed by Bike is a film festival based in Portland, Oregon that features the world's best bike movies! Screening annually at the historic Hollywood Theatre over a single weekend every May, we curate an inspiring collection of films and award the best of the year. After our main event, the selected films then go on tour to over 40+ cities worldwide.

Over the course of a busy weekend, we host filmmaker events, a bike ride, after parties and three days of film programs at The Hollywood Theatre. Filmmakers from around the world flock to Portland for this spirited event, an opportunity to meet other filmmakers, share filmmaking tips and explore Portland by bike with local bike enthusiasts.

Film submissions come from independent filmmakers worldwide. Submissions are accepted year round with the deadline of January 20th for the following year’s program. Hundreds of international entries are submitted every year, and the very best (around 60) are featured in our programs. A panel of esteemed jurors makes that tough decision. Entries are evaluated by an esteemed jury of bicycle and film enthusiasts. We accept Jury nominations every fall.

Filmed by Bike movies are now seen all over the world and our screenings regularly sell out. We are so proud to be a part of this global bike movement.

Cover Image: "Lael Rides Alaska" by PEARL iZUMi + Rugile Kaladyte (Screened in 2021 Festival)

Golden Helmet Award (Top Prize of the festival)
Music Award (Best use of independent music)
Local Award (Best of Oregon-made films)
Audience Choice Award

Short films/videos submitted to Filmed by Bike must be bike-themed. This means that films must be centered around bikes, bike riders and bike culture, or uses the bicycle to propel the story forward. Films do not need to be actually filmed by/on a bicycle. We usually do not program films longer than 25 minutes, though there have been some exceptions.

Note: Please complete all required fields in the submission form. If something does not apply, write N/A.

Film submission fees help the Filmed by Bike team cover festival expenses including outreach, programming, and exhibition. If you are a filmmaker in need of financial assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us for a waiver code. Otherwise, we encourage folks to pay the submission fees in full. Thank you for supporting our continued work in presenting the world's best bike films!

*By submitting films to Filmed by Bike, I understand my film(s) may be included in the program and may be shown at future Filmed by Bike events. I understand that I may not be notified of future events but I will always be given credit for my work. I understand that my submission fee is non-refundable. I take full responsibility for the music used in my film(s).*

If you have any questions, please contact: submissions@filmedbybike.org

Overall Rating
  • Dylan Prins

    Our Short Doco, "Grandma's Bike" (Mechanic is not a Gendered Word) Premiered at the 19th Annual Filmed By Bike Film Festival. The FBFF team did an amazing job to run a film festival remotely and stream the whole program. We were thrilled to be given an honourable mention in the Audience Favourite category. The Films Manager, Melina Coumas was outstanding in her role, and was endlessly supportive in the lead up to the festival. Highly recommended to watch and submit.

    June 2021
  • Dana Plautz

    I participated in the Filmed by Bike Film Festival last year. The films manager, Melina Coumas, was outstanding. The communication was excellent. I was also super impressed with the films in the program. There was such diversity and imagination. Thanks for selecting my short film.

    May 2021
  • Ernesto Durand

    Great festival! 🚲 🎬 πŸ“½ 🍿 πŸ™ŒπŸ»

    May 2021