We’re excited to see another film festival is moving online and making their programs virtually accessible to their audience. The 20th Anniversary of Bicycle Film Festival is making its Philadelphia stop of the festival available for streaming from Jan. 29 – Feb. 6, 2021. Following the select shorts program, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting a panel discussion.
Bicycle Film Festival
Brendt Barbur started the Bicycle Film Festival in 2001 as a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art and film. Over the past 20 years, the BFF has traveled the world to over 90 cities, celebrating with over one million people. This tour goes from city to city, allowing audiences to see not only the global stories, but their local city’s perspectives too.
This year’s collection of short films was curated to appeal to not just cyclists, providing a journey around the world into different cities and personalities. The 90-minute short film showcases topics that delve into the unique human experience sharing the same focal point. The film explores relevant and topical stories such as a Ghanian immigrant cycling teacher, the Black Lives Matter bicycle protest, and other national and global accounts centered around cycling.
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Another exciting feature of the BFF is the panel discussion hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. There will be two panel topics that will highlight the organization’s focus on advocacy and education. The Bicycle Coalition leads the movement to make bicycling a safe and fun way for everyone to get around in Greater Philadelphia, and each panel will explore how that is possible.
The first panel is called Cyclists of All Shapes, Shades and Stripes: Equity and Inclusion in Philadelphia Cycling. This discussion features bicyclists from all backgrounds, including advocacy, youth development, and competitive & social riding. Viewers will see firsthand accounts about the inclusive work happening in Philadelphia’s cycling communities.
Before the film program, don’t miss the short film centered around Philadelphia. This short will also lead the second panel discussion: Philly’s Great for Cycling and will feature local cyclists as they share their views into why Philly’s bike culture and landscape is so great.
BFF Philadelphia starts Jan. 29 at 6pm and runs through Feb. 6. Offering a sliding scale payment system and tickets starting at $10, BFF allows you to choose your price of admission. After purchasing a ticket, you can view BFF as many times until the last day of the festival.