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 >>

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)

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!


We’re Hiring!


The 13th Annual Filmed by Bike is a film festival featuring the best bicycle themed movies from around the world. We coordinate a high energy event that features a huge street party, auxiliary events and two days of movies at the theater. Film submissions come from around the world.

We are hiring for the following positions and we’re looking for some hardworking, enthusiastic rockstars to join our creative team!

Festival Assistant Filled
Festival PAID Internship Filled
Festival Producer Filled

Bike Scout Survey

Thanks for participating in the inaugural Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt! We’d like you to help shape this year’s ride.

For reference:
Manifest 2013 >>

Challenge Cards 2013, set one >>

Challenge Cards 2013, set two >>

Please complete this survey by June 25

Your Scout Masters
Matt Stefanik
Ayleen Crotty

p.s. please join us for Bikes+Books on June 25, a literary event with a bar. MORE INFO >>

Audience Choice Award

Congratulations to Norbi Whitney for winning the Audience Choice Award, presented by Brompton, for his movie “Dust in the Chain” which won by a landslide.

Runners up:
The Spinster | Kristin Tieche – San Francisco
Eight Minute Deadline | Zina Papadopoulou and Petros Papadopoulos – Athens, Greece
FLOW: Elements of Freeride | Oly Mingo – Wenatchee, Washington
Heart and Soul | Chris Brunett – Vancouver, Canada

Film Spotlight: Bread for Bike

Bike for Bread | 26:08
Claude Marthaler, Raphaël Jochaud – France
Plays in the Travel Shorts program Sunday at 7pm

In the beginning of the world was the Nile, and then came bread and cycling. Over a solid half-century, Cairo has invented an unusual means of delivering bread. As if they were tightrope walkers, the city’s cyclists soar like shooting stars, zooming up one-way streets against endless lines of cars, slipping between the rows of chairs of a café, and disappearing into a bazaar. One hand serves to balance a wooden rack on their heads, bearing hundreds of rounds of bread, and the other rests on the handlebar.

The future of these figures, so familiar in Cairo, remains nonetheless as precarious as that of the Sphinx. Cyclonaut, Claude Marthaler, went there in person to tell the life story of one of Cairo’s bread deliverymen.


Film Spotlight: Bicycle and a Way of Life

Bicycle and a Way of Life | 14:34
Bubba McClean – Los Angeles, California

In East LA, a teenage bicycle thief straddles two worlds – that of her old fashioned Latina grandma and that of her thuggish crooked boss. When these worlds collide, she must decide which path to take.

This thrilling film features a strong female lead, an interesting cultural perspective and bike thievery. It plays in our Heavy Pedal program, April 20 at 5pm and April 22 at 8pm.

Join Bubba on stage following the Sunday 5pm show during the Filmmaker Q+A session.


Golden Helmet Award Finalists

Golden Helmet TrophyCongratulations to the top three finalists contending for the Golden Helmet Award, presented by Travel Oregon

Dust in the Chain | 4:37
Norbi Whitney – Quebec, Canada
Playing in the Heavy Pedal and Bike Party programs >>

The Chop | 2:30
Tim Royle – Cheshire, UK
Playing in the Heavy Pedal program >>

FLOW: Elements of Freeride | 2:58
Oly Mingo | Wenatchee, Washington
Playing in the Travel Shorts and Bike Party programs >>

Please join us for the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 22 following the 6pm program, a chance to see who goes home with the coveted Golden Helmet trophy.


Bike Bingo

Bingo is the new trivia

BingoSq Join us for night of raucous Bike Bingo that will get you all-sorts-of fired up for the 12th Annual Filmed by Bike festival.

The event is free and all ages but this isn’t your grannie’s bingo: we’re adding in challenge options, creative winning patterns and bonus point opportunities.

Prizes include tickets to the 12th Annual Filmed by Bike and other hot booty.

Watch the gigantic bingo board at Radio Room light up as you eagerly await your your numbers to be called by our star caller, Peter Koonce, a heavy-hitting traffic engineer.

Radio Room will be preparing a special Bike Bingo-inspired cocktail menu with drinks like the Side Cargo Bike and the Bingorita.

Registration is not required, but we encourage you to RSVP to the Facebook event, spread the word and bring all your friends.


Radio Room
1101 NE Alberta Street
Radio Room is all ages until 9:00pm.

Calling All Storytellers!

Bikes in the Night Sky, presented by Arkel, is a night of live storytelling on stage at the Clinton St. Theater April 21 as part of the 12th Annual Filmed by Bike.


Do you have a powerful story you’d like to share?

Stories are limited to seven minutes and only six storytellers will be accepted. Tryouts are March 25 from 7-9pm in NE Portland. Once you’re signed up, we’ll tell you the location.

15 tryout slots are available. Claim yours today!

We will be in touch with details. If you have questions, please contact

Mark Your Calendar!

The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike is April 19-22 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon. Mark your calendar and get ready for four days of exciting events and movies at the theater. Tickets go on sale March 1.