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Bicycle Film Festival returns, virtually, for its 20th anniversary tour

By Apartment613 on January 13, 2021

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Despite cinemas being shut, Bicycle Film Festival is returning with a virtual festival program of short films curated for Ottawa and available for screening online from January 15–24. The new program offers an international point of view of the cycling movement, with stories that appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everything in between. Bicycle Film Festival plays an important role in creating an eco-friendly society and bringing diverse communities together.

The curated collection of cinematic short films will take you on a journey around the world, covering such topics as:

  • The first BMX crew in Nigeria 
  • A kid trying to rise up from his less than ideal surroundings (produced by LeBron James)
  • A bird’s-eye view of a BLM bicycle protest ride in New York
  • Who is the fastest cyclist on the planet?
  • New York City through the lens of female bike messengers
  • Two women who bring a small town together around mountain biking and their pizza shop

Tickets are available now with prices starting at USD$10, $15, and $20 (sliding scale).

Bicycle Film Festival intended to celebrate its 20th anniversary in New York in June 2020, but COVID-19 safety mandates forced it to be postponed. Instead, the festival is touring the world virtually, with plans to produce over 50 virtual events in the United States and over 100 internationally in the next few months.

BFF Founding Director Brendt Barbur says: “In a year of a global pandemic, economic strife, a contentious political period, the bicycle boom worldwide is optimistic news to celebrate. We hope to offer a positive respite from all of this for people.”


Founded in New York, Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film, and music for the last 20 years. The physical BFF spanned the world in up to 100 cities to an audience of over one million people. 

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