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What's not to love about the London Bicycle Film Festival? Four days of films, art, design and events solely focused around the humble bicycle - we can't wait!

Bicycle Film Festival London

Starting life in New York City in 2001, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) annually migrates to London and has become a firm fixture in the cities cultural calendar. This year, the party lands at the Barbican Centre from 3-6 October.

In its thirteenth season, the London Bicycle Film Festival 2013 is a celebration of bicycles through film, art and music. The events showcase bike culture from across 45 cities around the world, bringing together creative communities from the fields of fashion, music, art and design, plus various cycling communities.

The BFF is all about bringing people together and sharing the joy of the bicycle. With that in mind, we’ve cherry picked some of the short films and documentaries from the programme, so why not get in touch with a friend and revel in all things bike related together!

The organisers of the London Bicycle Film Festival are sharing the love and have been kind enough to donate a pair of tickets for one lucky Total Women’s Cycling reader to win*. Visit the last page of the gallery to enter.

[part title='BFF2013, Friday October 4, Lost Bike Girl']

LOST BIKE GIRL

USA/Germany 2013 | HD 10 min.

Dir.Bjoern Adelmeier

Part of Program 1 - cinematic shorts - on Friday October 4 starting at 18:30, Lost Bike Girl looks at when a young woman finds out her bike is stolen, she roams the city to look for it.

Other shorts in Program 1 - cinematic - on Friday October 4 starting at 18:30 include;

  • Carma, A journey of a bike that doesn't know who she is
  • Stayer, Up until the 80s "Stayer" bicycle races were huge events. If "Stayer" cyclists were a species today, they would be under protection
  • Footprints, This is a Director's cut. Vogel Fahrradrahmenbau and Tiziano Zullo create elegant custom bikes that reflect the craft and heritage of global framebuilding
  • Hopeless romantic, Kidd lives and breathes bikes. But his solitary life is disrupted when he meets Lisa, a beautiful girls who pulls him out of his seclusion
  • The Cyclist, A love story that will send you spinning...
  • Road from Karakol, There is one question. If the road ended, would you keep pedalling?

All screenings at:

Barbican Centre

Silk Street London

EC2Y 8DS

Underground: Barbican, Moorgate

[part title='BFF2013, Saturday October 5, Sister Session']

SISTER SESSION

Estonia 2012 | 8mm. 10 min.

Dir. Kostya B.

Sister Session is part of Program 4, the BMX slot co curated by Joey Piazza, on Saturday October 5. The short film is an all female production on women's BMX, a small but tight and growing community. They are making their way to big competitions around the world. This film captures their first time at a major event like Simple Session.

Other shorts in Program 4 - BMX films - on Saturday October 5 starting from 16:00 include;

  • Salvador "Sal" Barbier - The way I roll, Salvador "Sal" Barbier, skater and BMX collector
  • Spots, Here today, gone before tomorrow. We take advantage of architectural gold while we can.
  • Incident A-171, This video has been shot and compiled in Irkutsk (Russia), it shows BMX tricks, events and amazing moments from the harsh Siberian landscape.
  • Off Season, BMX in NYC, shot with Super 8mm.
  • Venture Further, 5 riders, 3 weeks, 3 countries and a trip into the unknown for everyone involved.
  • End of an era, A portrait of BMX icon Matt Beringer and his legendary house.
  • Grey Haven, Short film documentary on the North East BMX Scene.

All screenings at:

Barbican Centre

Silk Street London

EC2Y 8DS

Underground: Barbican, Moorgate

[part title='BFF2013, Saturday October 5, Urban Birds']

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Urban Birds is a short film about 4 female bicycle couriers in London: Emily, Apryl, Ale and Stephanie.

Millions of people move through London everyday. Thousands of them will be cyclists. Seven hundred or so of them will be bike messengers and in that select, unique grouping of birdlike creatures, flocking through the veins of our city - a couple of a dozen or so of these will be women. These "urban birds' dart through the streets and alleys of the capital with one purpose: the deliverance of a package from one place to another. Yet contained in these singular flights, lie a myriad of journeys mostly unseen to the pedestrian eye of the city.

During one "drop", she will move through an open and unlimited environment, unprotected by the walls and interior of an office; daily, she will choose to risk her life by weaving in an out of a matrix of constant motion and traffic, sensing the gaps in the flow, rushing through every needle's eye, her primal fight/flight instincts being exercised more in the course of a day, than in one year of the average urbanite. She will spend up to eight hours in constant physical toil, while balancing a delicate mapping system in her mind, a system composed of streets, routes, shortcuts, thoughts, feelings, memories and experiences. All in about 20 minutes. All against the clock.

In this select tribe of primal hunter-gatherers, streaking through the streets in search of their prey - how do our "urban birds" find their place and why have they chosen to find it? Urban Birds will look at the journeys of 4 female couriers and using live action alongside animation, see what helps them to fly.

Other shorts in Program 5 - Urban Bike Shorts - on Saturday October 5 starting from 18:00 include;

  • Slaughterama 6, Portrait of a bike festival in Richmond, Virginia.
  • To see what you can do, A short documentary on a fashion designer and cyclist Nicole LaBrie as she competes in the Riverwest 24-hour bike race.
  • The Postman, Ride through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan with Sayed Farouq Shah Sadat.
  • Ball Wednesday, A typical day in the life of a bike polo ball.
  • Jubal and Guillem, A heartfelt story about twin bothers - one who has one leg amputated - who both walk away BMX champions
  • Bike Polo Milano, A chronicle of the growth of the bike polo scene in Milan.
  • The Bicycle, An old, abandoned bicycle learns to love again.
  • The Cyclist, A love story that will send you spinning...
  • Redhook Crit, Day and night at the Redhook Crit 2013 race. Fixed gears, no brakes.
  • Road sage, Lucas Brunelle captures his worldwide bicycle adventures with his helmet camera.

All screenings at:

Barbican Centre

Silk Street London

EC2Y 8DS

Underground: Barbican, Moorgate

[part title='BFF2013, EVENTS']

As well as the film screenings there are a whole host of events taking place to celebrate the Bicycle Film Festival in London. Check out what's in store over the weekend and get involved;

Thursday October 3

OPENING NIGHT PARTY:

The Russet at Hackney Downs Studios

Amhurst Terrace 
London 
E8 2BT

7PM

Friday October 4

CYCLING SYMPOSIUM PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP with TRANSPORT FOR LONDON

FREE TO ATTEND

RSVP encouraged

1PM - 4PM

Saturday October 5

VELOJAM at HERNE HILL: WOMEN’s TRACK RACING DAY

4PM- 9PM

AFTERPARTY

The Courtyard

Bowling Green Walk 40 Pitfield Street London N1 6EU

7PM

Sunday October 6

SUNDAY RIDE STARTING AT ATHLON SPORTS, CHELMSFORD

BIKE POLO TOURNAMENT: NEWINGTON COURTS SE1

See the Bicycle Film Festival website for more information.

[part title='BFF2013, COMPETITION']

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