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ROANOKE, VA (February 7, 2013) – Submissions are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Bike Shorts Film Festival, organized by RIDE Solutions, the Taubman Museum of Art and Shadowbox Microcinema founder Jason Garnett.
The Bike Shorts Film Festival celebrates short filmmaking of all kinds – documentary, drama, horror, music videos, experimental, animation – so long as a bicycle is featured in the film. Prizes will be offered in three categories:
Juried prize: Selected by our panel of judges – $300
Best original score: Selected by our judges, awarded to the movie that best features an original score or local music, appropriately licensed – $100
Audience favorite: To be select at the end of the screening – $100
The Bike Shorts Film Festival encourages filmmakers to explore bikes and bike culture in fun, interesting, and provocative ways. Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative in their interpretation of bikes, bike culture, and the growing role of bicycles in the realm of sustainable communities, mobility, the renovation and resurgence of downtowns and historical neighborhoods. Submission forms and technical specifications can be found at bikeroanoke.com/bikeshorts. The deadline for submissions is April 26th, 2013.
Past winners of the Bike Shorts Film Festival have had their films screened at the famous Filmed by Bike Festival in Portland, Oregon. The Bike Shorts Roanoke YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bikeshortsroanoke features all past submissions to the festival.
As one of the lead events for its annual Bike Month celebration, organizing partner RIDE Solutions hopes that the film festival will introduce cycling to a broad audience and encourage people to consider riding for recreation and transportation, and will support the continuing effort to make the Roanoke Valley a bicycle friendly community.
RIDE Solutions is a sustainable transportation program operated by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission in partnership with the New River Valley Planning District Commission and Region 2000. It is a grant-funded program that provides multimodal trip planning services – including carpool matching, bicycle commute routing, transit assistance, and telework consultation – for citizens and employers in the Roanoke, New River Valley, Lynchburg regions and in the surrounding areas within southwestern Virginia. Visit ridesolutions.org for more information.