Advocacy Shorts

10 films
45 minutes

Produced with support from Street Films.

Advocacy is so important and advocates and activists around the world are making positive change happen in our cities. But when it comes to cycling advocacy, we can so easily slip into “wonky” technical speak about buffered bike lanes and sharrows.

This collect cuts through the jargon with plain-speak films that showcase what’s happening in cities all over the world. The global perspective in this program is outstanding. There are several profiles on inspiring every day cyclists and plenty of tips and suggestions for making ones community a more bike-friendly place.

This program is intentionally programmed to be 45 minutes in length. We recommend pairing it with a brief and powerful Q+A session at the end that covers:
* How do these films relate to what’s happening in our area?
* What positive change is happening in our area?
* What did you take away from what you saw in these films?
* Let’s all go out and ride and make change happen!

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Who Should Get to Award the World’s Best Bike Movies?

Filmed by Bike showcases the world’s best bike movies. Tons of movies from all over the world are submitted to the festival and our jury wades through the good, the bad and the ugly to find the amazing gems that will be award the honored distinction of being one of the World’s Best Bike Movies.

So who should get to to occupy an esteemed seat on the jury?

That’s up to you.

Nominate your hero to the Filmed by Bike jury today! Deadline is 12/1/2015. MORE INFO >>

About the Filmed by Bike Festival

We are inspiring a culture where cycling is woven seamlessly into everyday life.”

– Ayleen Crotty, Festival Director

About Filmed by Bike

Filmed by Bike is a film festival showcasing the world’s best bike movies. We collected and curate an outstanding mix of spirited movies that come from filmmakers all over the world. We host a large awards festival in Portland, Oregon USA every spring where we declare the World’s Best Bike Movies. These collections are seen in cities across the globe through our Traveling Program. Filmed by Bike’s movies spark vibrant communities and inspire people to ride their bikes more. We are inspiring a culture where cycling is woven seamlessly into everyday life.

About the Founder

ACfbbBow-whitespacerightFilmed by Bike was founded by Ayleen Crotty (the Festival Director), a bike culture expert who builds and curates creative endeavors. Ayleen has been instrumental in the growth of cycling in Portland, Oregon since the city’s formative years in the early 2000’s.

Ayleen received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois where she curated an art gallery out of her home and hosted film festivals that led to the eventual creation of Filmed by Bike. She is also the founder of the Midnight Mystery Rides, Breakfast on the Bridge and a founding member of the bike culture incubator Shift and the KBO0 Bike Show. Ayleen is the editor of and the editor of the forthcoming Best Bicycle Rides in Portland (Falcon Press, 2016).

Partnerships Worldwide

Filmed by Bike partners with organizations around the world to support their efforts in sparking community engagement and active lifestyles. We are excited to partner with the International Bicycle Film Festival in Hong Kong and look forward to sharing our movies and inspiring the growth of an active culture where cycling is woven seamlessly into everyday life.

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Bike Scout: Results

Our annual Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt challenges bikers to hit the streets in search of treasures as they conquer feats and document experiences, all on a quest for the coveted Troop Trophy.

This year’s Bike Scout was an incredible success! We were extremely impressed with the troop themes, costumes and enthusiasm. 18 troops circled the city for a challenging day – and the results are posted below. We hope to see you out there with us next summer. Join our email list to be notified of the next event.

Here’s a glimpse at the wild day.

[ View the full collection here ]


#1 – The Space Cadets – 187 points

#2 – Got My Polygamy Badge – 185

#3 – The Clinton Diverters – 178

#4 – Team Messerchmitt -171

#5 – Eagle Cubs – 153

#6 – Team Sincerity – 148

#7 – Tour De Francis – 148

#8 – The Warriors – 147

#9 – Pastel Angels – 130

#10 – Dr. 420 – 127

#11 – The Warm Partidges – 125

#12 – Cheb Horseman – 139

#13 – These Bums B Real – 123

#14 – Greetings from Space – 118

#15 – Bike Touts – 108

#16 – The Tired Teachers – 76

#17 – The Flannels – 63

#18 – (Did Not Finish)

Best Individual Costume: The Pope from Tour de Francis

Best Troop Theme: Got My Polygamy Badge

Best Item Found: Basket of Toys (with heads freakishly rearranged and parts missing) from troop Messerschmidt

Films Manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 14, 2015.


The 14th Annual Filmed by Bike is a film festival showcasing the world’s best bicycle movies. We host a large-scale festival in Portland every spring, and our curated movie programs are screened around the world through our Traveling Program. Film submissions come from all over the globe.

Our next festival is May 6-8, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

The Films Manager is responsible for finding, soliciting and recruiting the movies we show at the festival. He or she will work directly with filmmakers to answer questions and obtain films in the correct formats by deadlines. There is a lot of creative freedom and opportunity to learn and refine skills built into this position. Our ideal candidate knows that many odd details go into making an event successful and will embrace the workload to help put on a good show.

The Films Manager will report directly to the Festival Director and will oversee a team of volunteer Bike Movie Experts.

We are a streamlined, creative event. If you enjoy working with a team of efficient people who are involved for an altruistic, true love of the festival, you will fit right in.


Roughly 1-5 hours a week from October through mid May with additional hours directly before and during the festival. We meet just a few times in that period. December and January are the busiest months for this position other than the weeks directly surrounding the festival. At times there is very little work to accomplish, at other times the position is busy and deadlines are imperative. It is up to the Films Manager to manage this schedule with limited oversight.


We are an extremely positive, supportive work team. We work very hard and are fully dedicated to the festival. We work from home and have regularly scheduled staff meetings. We use Google Docs for file management, Dropbox for film storage and Vimeo for video display. We all work extremely independently with very little oversight, though support is always available when there are questions or roadblocks.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS – Skills, Equipment and Characteristics

* Driven toward success and a desire to do a great job.
* Desire to find the world’s best bike movies and help Filmed by Bike be the best possible film festival.
* Ability to devise creative approaches to complex situations.
* Cool under pressure
* Friendly, positive, personable, works well with the public.
* Communications oriented – can do a good job of representing the festival to a wide variety of people.
* Ability to explain complex information in a clear, concise fashion.
* Works independently with thorough initial instruction but limited oversight after that.
* Thorough with detailed projects, doesn’t mind the occasional office tasks.
* Knows how to set project priorities and ask questions to stay on track.
* Ability to balance Filmed by Bike workload with other life commitments.
* Ability to work well with volunteers, provide clear instruction and efficiently support them as they donate their time to our organization. The volunteer work must help alleviate the workload, not create more work. It is up to the person in this position to make that happen effectively.


* Creative, eager to brainstorm new ideas for the festival.
* Desire to hone your skills by contributing to our festival.
* Excellent correspondence etiquette.
* Knowledge of bike movies – what’s out there, what’s good, what the trends are, what our audience would enjoy watching.


* Overseeing a team of 1-2 movie experts who will scour the internet to recruit movies.
* Meet with these people once for training and check in with them periodically to ensure they are on track.
This position is not responsible for the general Filmed by Bike volunteer program


* Supplement the work of the volunteers to find the world’s best bike movies.
* Spend time watching movies on the internet and reach out to the filmmakers.
* Hunt down filmmakers who have submitted great films to other festivals.


* Answer filmmaker questions.
* Ensure filmmakers’ films arrive on time and in the correct format.
* Encourage filmmakers to attend our festival and assist them in the process of doing so.
* Concierge for filmmakers – finding lodging, helping them attend filmmaker functions, coordinating a Brewery Tour Bike Ride with Filmmakers in partnership with Cycle Portland Bike Tours.


* Assistance with the Jury Screening in January – slightly increased hours during this busy weekend (usually a Friday and Sunday).
* Assistance with projects related to the execution of our festival in Portland.
* Working during the festival on opening night and other days of the festival.


* This is a new position. Other projects may arise.


Contract employment paying $2,300 three installments for the duration of this position.

Staff perks include free entry to the festival, networking opportunities, learning on the job and the opportunity to work with filmmakers.

Host a Film Festival

Let’s inspire people to ride bikes!

Filmed by Bike makes it easy to host a bike-themed film festival. We curate the world’s best bike movies into programs we’ve developed specifically for groups to host their own festival.

Whether you’re an advocacy organization, municipal department, museum, theater or individual, we have a program that your audience will love.


May is Bike Month in the Hollywood District!

Ride your bike to Hollywood District the entire month of May!


Filmed by Bike was founded in 2003 and has been housed by three theaters over the years, but new this year we’re moving to the Hollywood Theater, and it’s time to celebrate our new neighborhood. We’ve teamed up with the many awesome Hollywood neighbors and business owners to launch Bike Month in Hollywood District.

For the entire month of May, you can enjoy drink discounts, special menu items and bike friendly displays throughout this cool area.

The Hollywood District is a fantastic neighborhood filled with locally owned businesses and plenty of hidden gems. Plan to spend time eating, drinking and reveling in this unique Portland neighborhood, the new home of Filmed by Bike.

Special Offers

Mountain Shop – Bikepacking gear sale
Velo Cult Bike Shop + Tavern – New Sandwich Menu created just in time for Filmed by Bike!

Pono Farm Soul Kitchen, located just next to the Hollywood Theatre, is offering a delicious Happy Hour menu from 5-10pm on 5/22 and 5/23 when you sit on the patio or at the bar. Simply show your Filmed by Bike tickets or your helmet for this special pricing and get ready to be amazed by their delicious farm-fresh Japanese comfort food.

As you spend time in Hollywood, let the business owners know you’re there for Filmed by Bike! We’re so excited to be supporting this great neighborhood!

Bike Bingo!



Thursday, May 7
Radio Room – 1101 NE Alberta Street


Join us for a night of B-I-N-G-O and a glimpse at what’s to come for the 13th Annual Filmed by Bike!


MPDeckBlankNew Belgium is raffling off one of the very last of their fun Felt Cruisers.

This sweet ride is perfect for summer nights cruising around town with friends. It’s a relaxed, casual style that clearly says, “What’s the rush? Let’s enjoy the ride!”

Everyone who participates in Bingo can enter to win one time. Must be present at the end of the night to win.



  • Chance to win a New Belgium Brewing Bike!
  • A special sneak peek at Filmed by Bike
  • Special New Belgium La Folie Sour Brown on tap
  • Snack Parade hosts Natalie and Leah on the mic
  • Custom Filmed by Bike cocktails
  • Generous prizes from New Belgium, Filmed by Bike and Clif Bar
  • Custom Filmed by Bike bingo winning patterns
  • Linger around the awesome Radio Room fire in between rounds of bingo
  • Dinner, snacks, inside, outside, booze, coffee, beer – you name it, Radio Room has whatever you need for an awesome night!


RSVP on Facebook (optional) and invite all your friends.

Bingo is free, and better with friends. Bring a crowd!

And remember! If you’re a VIP Pass holder, you’re entitled to $3 pints of New Belgium’s Slow Ride the entire month of May at Radio Room!


lafolie_lTo top things off, New Belgium will be sharing their delightful La Folie Sour Brown.

La Folie, French for ‘the folly’, is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition. This wood-aged, sour brown spends one to three years in big, oak barrels, known as foeders. And when the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.