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Central and Southwest Virginia-Bike Shorts Film Festival submissions call- April/May- Free

Central and Southwest Virginia’s Bike Shorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions for our 2018 screening.

The Bike Shorts Film Festival features short films produced by local, national and international filmmakers featuring bicycles, bicyclists, and bicycling in interesting, creative, and surprising ways.  From music videos to zombie movies, the Bike Shorts Film Festival highlights some of the incredible creativity that southwest and central Virginia has to offer.

Complete submission guidelines and online form can be found at ridesolutions.org/bikeshorts

For 2018 we will have six prize categories:


Juried Prize, $300:  Best overall film, selected by a panel of judges drawn from the regional arts and film community.

Best Local Film, $300:  Best film submitted by a team from within the RIDE Solutions service area, selected by a panel of judges drawn from the regional arts and film community.

Best Original Music, $300:  Must feature an original song or piece of music, featured either as a stand-alone music video or as an original score.  This category will also be selected by our panel of judges.

Best Teen Film, $100:  The best film by a filmmaker or film-making team between the ages of 13 and 18, as chosen by our panel of judges.

People’s Choice, $100:  The audience favorite, selected at the end of each Bike Shorts Film Festival screening. (4 total)

YouTube Prize. $100:  All submissions will be posted to our Bike Shorts Roanoke YouTube channel.  At the end of May, the film with the most views will be awarded this prize


To be eligible to have your film considered for screening or awards at the Bike Shorts Film Festival it must:


Feature a bicycle or bicycling as a substantive feature of its plot, lyrics (in the case of original music video) or photography.

Be received (not postmarked) by midnight, March 31st, 2018.

Films of any length will be considered, though submissions with a running time of 15 minutes or less have the best chance of being accepted.

Films of any style will be considered, though we prefer narrative films or films with a complete, identifiable story arc.


For examples of past submissions, please visit the YouTube channel: youtube.com/bikeshortsroanoke


Directors may submit more than one film, though each film must be submitted as a separate, unique file and include its own registration form.  Films screened previously screened at other festivals are also welcome so long as all other eligibility criteria are being met.


For questions, please contact RIDE Solutions Director Jeremy Holmes at jholmes@rvarc.org or 540-342-9393.