2017 Festival

The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike is May 5-7 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Our team is hard at work curating an impressive collection of films to dazzle and delight.

December 1 – Jury nominations are due
January 20 – Film deadline
March 1 – Tickets go on sale

Seeking Bike Movie Experts! – Position Filled

This Position Has Been Filled.

Archive Below:

About Filmed by Bike

Filmed by Bike showcases the world’s best bike movies with a huge film festival in Portland every May. Our movies collections then travel the world to inspire bike communities. Film submissions come from all over the world. We feature independent short films in a variety of genres, comedy, scripted stories, documentaries, animation and everything in between.

About the Rockstar Position

We are seeking a small dedicated team of rockstars to be our Bike Movie Experts, working alongside our Films Manager, Guthrie Straw. Guthrie has years and years of experience seeking out the world’s best bike movies.

The volunteers in this position will work for ONE WILD MONTH to seek out the world’s best bike movies. You’ll watch tons of awesome movies, and a few horribly hilariously terrible ones – all on a quest for finding the very best for Filmed by Bike and being able to watch your finds on the silver screen next May.

By the end of this position, you will have watched more bike movies than perhaps anyone else in the world… except Guthrie.

Time Commitment

Time commitment averages about 5 hours a week, or one good movie watching session every weekend :).
This position lasts for one month, with the option to extend your role.
Any day, any time of day, anywhere.

How it Works

Bike Movie Experts will meet with Guthrie for a training then you’ll be able to hunt for movies on your own time, from the comfort of your own home or a group viewing session.

Jury Screening in January

The very best of the best (and of course a few of those horribly hilariously terrible films) will be screened by our jury of bike and film lovers in January. Bike Movie Experts who successfully complete their position are invited to attend this jam-packed weekend of fun, food and drink as we revel in a shared love of bike movies.

More Information

Contact Guthrie Straw, Films Manager Guthrie@FilmedByBike.org

Bike Bingo!



Thursday, April 21
Radio Room – 1101 NE Alberta Street


Custom made in the USA by Detroit Bikes for New Belgium Brewing in honor of their 25th anniversary.

Everyone who plays bingo will be entered to win. When you win rounds of bingo, you’ll earn additional entries into the raffle.

Check it out! The bike is on display now at Radio Room!

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.17.36 AM


The evening is hosted by Dave Williams and Meghan Sinnott, producers of The Moth StorySLAM.


  • Free tickets to Filmed by Bike
  • Super soft Filmed by Bike t-shirts
  • Filmed by Bike DVDs
  • + much more!


  • You could win a custom New Belgium Brewing cruiser bike from Detroit Bikes
  • A special sneak peek at Filmed by Bike
  • Custom Filmed by Bike cocktails
  • 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!

Host The World’s Best Bike Filmmakers

Now in it’s second year, our Homestay Program is one of the most rewarding ways to stay connected with Filmed By Bike. Each year inspiring filmmakers visit Portland for the festival and homestays give them an opportunity to connect with locals, have a comfortable place to rest their head at the end of a long day and most of all the opportunity to see the real Portland.

If hosting a traveling filmmaker from as far away as Slovenia sounds like it would be a cool gig, you’re in the right place!

What You Get

  • Meet inspiring, creative filmmakers from all over the world
  • VIP Festival Pass – unlimited access to Filmed by Bike
  • A thank you bag of treats
  • Access to the Filmmaker Brewery Tour
  • Access to the Filmmaker Q+A
  • + Much more!

What you Provide

  • A comfortable place to sleep, preferably in a private room or secluded area.
  • A friendly face and someone who can answer questions about Portland.
  • Most filmmakers will visit for a few days between May 5 and May 9.
  • That’s about it! Anything above and beyond this you want to do is completely up to you. We provide other resources for the filmmakers.

Apply to Be A Host

Scroll through and complete the application

More Info

Guthrie Straw, Films Manager: Guthrie@FilmedByBike.org

2016 Festival Trailer

About the Trailer

Filmmaker Manny Marquez assembled a film crew, tucked them away in a historic, rustic fruit packing warehouse in Hood River and set about creating an impressive video trailer to set the tone of this year’s festival. Utilizing innovative filming techniques and referencing bike-themed moments in famous movies, this piece is an awesome reflection of the creative spirit of Filmed by Bike.

The Making of the Trailer

By Charles Perry

Accepted Films, 2016


Thank you to everyone who submitted their films to the 2016 Filmed by Bike and congratulations to the filmmakers whose films were declared one of the world’s best bike movies!

STATS: 59 films, 51 filmmakers from 19 different countries!

Click for a larger version

Meet the 2016 Jury!

Jury duty isn’t easy, but it certainly is a lot of fun.

The Filmed by Bike Jury is tasked with spending an entire weekend squirreled away in a secret theater, reviewing seemingly endless hours of films in search of the world’s best bike movies.

Every year we accept nominations for the jury (the deadline is always December 1) and a select few of those people are chosen to join this prestigious club. We are so excited for this year’s jury, a mix of bike and film enthusiasts, professional filmmakers and some of the people making Portland an incredible city for biking.


2016 Festival

The 14th Annual Filmed by Bike is May 6-8 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

We are still in the planning stages with much more info to come soon!

Get the Latest News

Join our newsletter to get the latest news about Filmed by Bike. Click here >>

Film submissions

We accept submissions year round. The deadline for the 2016 festival is now closed. The deadline for the 2017 festival is 1/20/2017. More info >>


Tickets go on sale March 1


Volunteers get in free! Volunteer registration opens March 1

Show Filmed by Bike

Want to bring Filmed by Bike to your city? We have a program for that. More info >>


New Belgium Street Party, 5-9:30pm
7:00pm – Opening Night Shorts A
9:00pm – Wildly Fun Bike Shorts
After Party at Velo Cult Bike Shop + Tavern

10:00am-10:00pm – Festival Lounge at Velo Cult Bike Shop + Tavern
5:00pm – Bike Shorts
7:00pm – Adventure Program
After Party at Velo Cult Bike Shop + Tavern

10:00am-10:00pm – Festival Lounge at Velo Cult Bike Shop + Tavern
12:00pm – Brewery Tour Bike Ride with Filmmakers (free for VIP Pass Holders)
5:00pm – VIP Screening (exclusive showtime for VIP Pass Holders only)
7:00pm – VIP Screening (exclusive showtime for VIP Pass Holders only)

Come See Us at Bike Craft!


The Amazing Bike Craft Holiday Fair

December 12-13
Bike Farm, 1810 NE 1st Ave, Portland

New Filmed by Bike Wares!

We will be at Bike Craft both days with our line of wares that make fantastic gifts, including some hot off the press items:

  • Filmed by Bike super soft t-shirts (new!)
  • Stainless Steel pint glasses from Klean Kanteen
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Beer Cozies (new!)
  • DVD packs
  • One Cup to Rule Them All

We’ve got combo packs and special sale prices all weekend long. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take home a little slice of bike movie love and support the festival.

More Than 30 Vendors

Check out locally made bike-themed items from more than 30 vendors!
Most vendors are offering items that make great gifts.
Shop local and support small businesses!
You’ll be amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of some of these intriguing vendors!

Expert Jury Panel

Former Filmed by Bike jurors will be on hand to answer all your burning bike movie questions!

  • What’s the best way to get a movie accepted by the jury?
  • What makes a great bike movie?
  • What are some of the best bike movies Filmed by Bike has ever shown?
  • What REALLY happens in that secret jury screening room? (they may not tell you, but you can certainly try asking!

Pedal Powered Talk Show

Also making a fantastic appearance is the Pedal Powered Talk Show bike/desk! Come see this incredible contraption in person.Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 10.16.16 PM

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!

CLICK HERE to purchase this program >>

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 >>

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.


Let’s Ride Roast: A Filmed by Bike Coffee


Sit back. Sip. Relax.

Let’s Ride Roast is the perfect coffee to inspire your ride.

Plot and scheme your next route. Trace your finger along maps as you dream, wonder. Rally your crew. Throw caution to the wind. Hop on your bikes. Explore. Get Lost.

Whether through the streets of Portland (or wherever you live) or the hidden rugged rural roads of far off places, the roar of adventure is calling and we must ride.

Let’s ride!

About The Coffee

Let’s Ride Roast was developed in partnership with the coffee roasting experts at Oblique Coffee in Portland, Oregon. This small batch, single origin coffee is roasted to perfection in a rare German built Probat L5 coffee roaster in SE Portland.

We worked with Oblique to create the perfect coffee for relaxing morning:
Single origin

Where to Purchase

* On our ticket buying page
* At the Box Office during the festival
* At Oblique during the month of May (call ahead)

About The Label

This images comes to us from filmmaker Joey Schusler from his film “Trail to Kazbegi,” which shows in this year’s festival.

Joey Schusler is an adventurer extraordinaire who also creates gorgeous films about his journeys. In his early 20’s, Joey realized his bike could be more than simply a thrill-seeking tool for racing the clock, it could also be a tool for adventure and getting an personal view of the world.

Our Inspiration

It starts in August. Filmmakers from around the world send their movies to our Jury in hopes they’ll make the cut for our festival. We watch endless hours of footage from the far reaches of this wild world.

Smiles, laughs, determination, amazing feats of adventure on the rugged road, trials, tribulations, joy and victory.

Bicycle adventure allows us to sink into the landscape and be one with the world around us in a way so visceral, so open and honest. There’s no hiding here – and we don’t want to. We want these true experiences of life that remind us what it is to truly be alive.

The films we watch remind us: it’s adventure time. We seek dusty rail lines, gravel roads, singletrack through paradise, gritty dimly lit night streets and broad, sweeping views. We want it all, and the open road is calling.

Let’s ride. But first: coffee.

The Making of a Trailer

The 13th Annual Filmed by Bike Trailer, Presented by Orp

To celebrate our move to the Hollywood Theatre, we embarked upon an ambitious photo shoot featuring the bikers of Portland cruising past iconic Portland locations we know and love well.

We concluded our hard work with revelry on the Skidmore Bluffs as the sun set over our fair city of Portland.


By the Numbers

4 days of shooting
45 extras ages 2-68 years old
A team of 5 assistants
1 camera
8 Orps
3 drift bikes
2 cargo bikes
1 tall bike
1 swing grill bike
1 family of 6 children (the Nichols family)
10 quesedillas and 15 sausages grilled on the grill bike at the Skidmore Bluffs

Photo Gallery

The World’s Best Bike Movies

Filmed by Bike features the world’s best bike movies. This year’s program is an excellent collection of films, featuring a wide variety of styles, from documentaries to love stories, music videos to tales of adventure on the rugged road.

Can’t decide what to see? Purchase a VIP Pass for unlimited entry and access to exclusive VIP events. Filmed by Bike only happens once a year – make the most of it!