You don't need to make a feature film to impress the jury. Sometimes, you can tell the entire story in a little more than one minute. And you can film it from your bike.
Filmed by Bike, started in 2003 as a small fundraiser for bike events, features the world's best bike movies that you can see every May, when cycling-friendly Portland, Oregon hosts a huge film festival with an award ceremony. You can enter with your movie submission all year round, with January 20th being the deadline for the following year's program.
The 14th Filmed by Bike festival hosted 59 nominated films by 55 authors from 19 countries. The jury was looking for a fresh, innovative original concept, a unique use of cinematography showing a creative view of bicycling life or culture that has style and originality, and, of course, the project had to be beautifully executed.The Golden Helmet Award for best film of the 2016 festival (and $200 cash prize) ultimately went to a Slovenian entry entitled "Tracks of Planai", created by Tina Lagler and Blaž Miklič of OSM Films.
"The competition was outstanding and I could not have expected this outcome. King Of The Mountain and The Trail to Kazbegi, two other nominated films, are excellent documentaries with strong stories and amazing photography, but the jury was convinced by our 1 minute and 16 seconds. They were amazed so much can be expressed in such a short time and in such an artistic way. For us this is a confirmation that we are going in the right direction and that this is really something we want to keep doing," stated Tina for Slovenia's mountain bike website.
See the award-winning video below!