Ring in National Bike Month with the second annual Bicycle Shorts Film Festival at Yellow Bicycle Theater.

This year’s lineup features two rides and thirteen bike-themed films from across the globe, ranging from riveting travelogues, trippy animation, and inspiring documentaries to immersive visual poems, edgy family drama and a laugh-out-loud short about bike shorts.

The fun starts at noon at the Fountain of Seahorses, where Yellow Bicycle will join the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia on a ride for all ages. Around 1:45, YBC will lead a short ride from the fountain to the theater, where film screenings and talkbacks will take place from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, with intermission.

Then to top it off, we’ll be cycling 7 scenic miles past the Rocky Steps and up the Schuylkill River Trail to Taqueria Amor in Manayunk to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. What better way to spend National Ride a Bike Day?

Audience Choice Award
Golden Bicycle for Best Short Film
Chick Vennera Prize for Best Narrative Film
Joseph R. Fusco Jr. Award for Best Documentary
Prix Duchamp for Best Experimental Short
Jan Švankmajer Prize for Best Animated Short
Tom Petty Prize for Best Music Video


1) All films must have a runtime of 20 minutes or less, including credits.

2) The submitter retains all rights to the film.

3) All fees are non-refundable.

4) Principal photography must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2020.

5) All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

6) YBC does not offer criticism on submissions.

7) To qualify for the Philly category, the entire film must have been shot within 20 miles of Philadelphia.

8) Films involving bicycles or live theater are strongly encouraged.

Overall Rating
  • Josh and Thoeger do an excellent job communicating in the lead-up, and were able to address accessibility needs that came up as well. The presentation of films was top-notch, especially for a festival that is only just getting started. We were honored to take home the Audience Award for our film "Bike Short!"

    June 2024
  • Thank you for the Jan Švankmajer Prize for Best Animated Short !!! I am honored to be part of this wonderful film festival :)

    May 2024
  • stefano cinti

    Nice Festival and nice people! Thanks to Joshua and his colleagues for being given the opportunity to participate with the videoclip "Che bell'andè"!!

    May 2024
  • CJ Murr

    Excellent festival with a focused on cycling. Highly recommend you submit.

    May 2024
  • It was a huge honor to have our film "Ractors" screened At The Bicycle Shorts Film Festival. Great Communication and a kind festival runners. Thanks again.

    October 2023