Specialty Volunteer Position: Bike Movie Expert

Filmed by Bike showcases the best bike movies from around the world. Some of those movies are sent to us by filmmakers who discover Filmed by Bike, other times we discover the filmmaker’s work first and encourage her or him to send in a submission.

Become an expert in bike movies. By the end of this position you will have watched (parts of) more bike movies than anyone in the world. Our two 2013 volunteers were amazing and we’d love for you to be on our 2014 team of amazing volunteers.

Fun – Easy – Super Cool!

Time Commitment

Only a half hour to two hours a week
October-December 10
December 11-January 20 filled!

What You Do

  • Using our existing resource lists as a launching point, scour the internet to watch bike movies (or tiny parts of them)
  • Contact filmmakers to tell them about Filmed by Bike’s submission process
  • Answer filmmaker questions

What You Get

  • The opportunity to see some of the coolest bike movies before anyone else
  • Complimentary entry to Filmed by Bike for you and your friends.
  • Access to the super secret Jury Screening in January (food, drinks and watching movies with an intimate audience in the theater at Velo Cult)
  • Set of Filmed by Bike DVDs
  • Filmed by Bike email address to use for the project
  • The opportunity to become a bike movie expert

Required Skills and Demeanor

  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to represent Filmed by Bike in a professional capacity
  • Ability to use Google spreadsheets (do not need a gmail account) reliably and accurately
  • Reliable, consistent access to the internet
  • Ability to work efficiently and make smart time-saving decisions, such as when to stop watching a movie because it’s not five star quality and is a waste of your time.
  • Ability to use a secondary email address – we can help you figure this out with your gmail
  • Excited by the prospect of watching 100 bike movies, then digging deeper to discover more

How to apply

Send a quick note to Ayleen telling her why you think you’d be a good fit for this position and addressing your skills related to each point under the Required Skills heading. We are looking for one person for each time period. Ayleen@FilmedByBike.org.

Special Offer for Our Volunteers


We love our volunteers!

As we move into our 10th Anniversary, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness of those of you who have helped us out over the years. Through thick and thin, rain (2011!!!) or shine, you’ve been there for us – to make the festival possible. Thank you.

As a special offer to you, we’re hosting a fire sale of our DVDs at the most deeply discounted prices we’ve ever offered, just about covering our costs to get the DVD into your hot little hands and onto your computer or TV screen. HOT SHIT. BUY TONS!

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Volunteer for the Best of the Worst (What not to do)

What makes a great Filmed by Bike movie? Find out by watching our collection of ‘B’ movies from the festival archives at The Best of the Worst (what not to do) on November 6th at The Art Department (1315 SE 9th, at Madison). The event features a bar and food, filmmaker talks, the unveiling of our new trailer, jury nominations and much more.


Volunteering is a fun way to be involved with this event – to see the behind the scenes action and help make it happen.  We need volunteers for the following roles:
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Get in Free!

The Opening Night Throwdown of Filmed by Bike has always had a line, always sold out, and always been one hot night in the theater. So do you want guaranteed entry? With no waiting in line? And for free? Yeah, we thought so.

Sign up to volunteer and you’ll get in free. We still need a handful of volunteers. Sign up today to get the slot you want. Check out the volunteer page of our site for all the details you need, and the online registration form.

2007 Jury Nominations

We’re looking for a jury. You know, the awesome folks who choose the films. Deadline for nominations is January 1, 2007. Jury members should have as many of the following skills/attributes as possible:

  • Available in March to review films
  • Into bike culture or film culture
  • Someone who rides a bike at least on occasion
  • Creative, fun, friendly, interesting, a team playerTo nominate, send us the following info ASAP:
  • Name of nominee
  • Your name
  • Why you think the person should be nominated
  • Contact info for the nominee (phone/e-mail)