Submissions for the 3rd annual Motorcycle Film Festival are now open!
The Motorcycle Film Festival is an idea whose time has come: we are in the midst of the biggest creative boom centered on motorcycles since the 1970s. Every motorcycle customizer has an in-house filmmaker, and every hip moto-event from Biarritz to Melbourne has built-in paparazzi; we can re-live the antics of fellow bikers on YouTube, or gasp at masterworks from talented videographers, who often unwittingly work side by side. The massive, youthful rise of moto-mania has excited big motorcycle factories to collaborate with rising garage artists, and has inspired professional filmmakers that now is the time to produce that long-dreamt two-wheel feature film.
Submissions are open to any and all films in which motorcycles or motorcycling is an intrinsic element. Meaning, please ONLY submit films that are about or prominently feature motorcycles. Just because there’s a sweet chopper in the background of the opening credits doesn’t mean it’s a “Motorcycle Movie.”
All films submitted will be watched by a panel of judges and considered for ‘Official Selection’ to be screened at the 2014 festival. Submission in no way guarantees screening.
Awards & Prizes
Best Of Festival
Exact prizes to be determined before the festival based on this years judging panel. All of last year's category winners received a custom trophy. In addition the "Best Of Festival" winner received $2000 and a loaner motorcycle (courtesy of Honda) to make the this year's festival trailer. This years prizes will meet or exceed last year's.
Rules & Terms: The 3rd Motorcycle Film Festival will take place in New York in September 2015.
After the New York event, the MFF will tour the lineup to other cities around the world, screening official selections and winning films from the 3rd MFF.
Submissions will be accepted starting January 5th 2015.
Regular deadline is May 1 2015
Late deadline is June 1 2015
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
By submitting to the Motorcycle Film Festival, submitter authorizes the Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF) to exhibit your film, or segments of your film at any and all MFF events. Submitter authorizes the MFF to use segments or stills from submitted films for use in in print and digital promotional materials. Submission does not guarantee ‘official selection’ or screening at the festival. All entries will be kept by the Motorcycle Film Festival and stored in our archives in perpetuity.
If your submission is chosen, you will be asked to provide a screening quality file of the film. Please be prepared to send a file meeting these specs:
- .MOV file format
- 1920x1080 resolution
If you are unable to provide a file with these specs, please contact us as we may be unable to screen your film.
Please email email@example.com with all questions and concerns.
We can't wait to see what you've been working on!
- The MFF Staff
We try to present trophies as awesome and unique as the films that take them home. For the second year running, and hopefully more to come, Seattle Speedometer has provided the custom trophies for the People's Choice and Best in Festival awards. Buz, the master craftsman behind Seattle Speedometer, took a few minutes to talk to us about his interest in gauges and moto film.
How did you hear about the MFF?
I have a lot of friends in the custom bike biz so the word was out from the get go, but I think it was Stacie London who emailed me about it. It’s such an awesome concept that I took a liking to it in a heartbeat!
You've done some straight restorations and some unique custom pieces. Tell us a little about how you got started and inspired you to focus on speedometers of all things.
I was looking for a job while in college and a friend knew of a restoration shop that was hiring for gauge repair, and they would do all the training. They gave me the job on the spot. I spent the next nine years building it up, hiring people, and managing the whole division. Two years ago I felt it was time to go out on my own. Other than getting married and having a kid, it was the best decision of my life.
Gauges have always had my attention. The idea that they are sealed-up under glass is just cool. Ever since that first day on the job I’ve been hooked.
What inspires your custom speedometers?
Not to sound like a total cheese-ball, but inspiration comes from everywhere and everyone I meet. Sometimes I'll sketch out one face design and it’s perfect, other times it takes ten tries. But in the end the most important thing is that the builder or customer is happy with what they get.
How did you come up with the idea for the MFF trophies?
When I started thinking about it I kept coming back to the notion of rough, fast and dirty bikes and people and the smooth, refined and graceful idea of film. So, I tried to marry the two. A clean, elegant speedometer set in a rough cut steel and graffiti base.
If the winners, Peoples Choice and Best in Festival, pop out those speedometers can they hook 'em up to their bikes?
Sure, they will work! They won’t tell you anything meaningful but they are functional.
Any new projects on the horizon that you can divulge?
You mean other than designing the 2015 MFF trophies?...
I’m going to start building some more gauges for Walt Siegl, maybe some for Threepence Moto out of Denver. I’ve got my hands in a lot of different builds right now, so it’s a pretty exciting time!
Where can people see some of your new work? Any shows, like the 12 Gauge Show, coming up?
A few of the bikes at the 2015 The One Show in Portland will have our gauges. Other than that our Instagram feed (@seattlespeedometer) is the best place to see our newest stuff.
Any favorite motorcycle films?
Of course the original On Any Sunday has always been a favorite. I thought Roper #7 was pretty awesome too! Little Fauss and Big Halsy is a crappy film but there is something about bikes and the 1970s that just go together perfectly.
If you came to MFF this year you may have seen "Romance" from Stories of Bike. The story of Chris and Karen Atkinson's love for each other and riding has touched a number of people. If you haven't seen it, watch it now at Stories of Bike.
Thus, after hearing that her cancer had gone into remission last year, it is with heavy hearts that this week we learned of her passing. Cam Elkins who brought us the beautifully framed story tells it better than we ever could. Read his requiem here. The MFF family is intimately familiar with the harrowing effects of cancer and we send our sincerest condolences to Chris, Chris and Karen's families, and their friends.
If you were at the 2nd Annual MFF, you remember Daniel Rintz as the filmmaker of the feature documentary Somewhere Else Tomorrow, winner of our 'Best of Fest' award. We are now thrilled to announce that Daniel has accepted not only the trophy but the second part of the prize: $2,000 from us and a Honda-provided motorcycle to be used to create the official trailer for the 3rd Annual MFF! We eagerly anticipate the completion of Daniel's new project, and while the bike a loaner, we thank Honda for supporting the MFF as well as recognizing the need to inspire and help the filmmakers who bring the joy of two wheels from the roads and trails to our screens and living rooms. This will be an annual honor for our Best of Fest winners, so get your cameras rolling!
To find out more about the film and and Daniel's journey, visit his website HERE. We will keep you updated on the progress of the trailer.
And for all of you filmmakers out there: submissions open January 1st, 2015. Keep an eye on this space for upcoming instructions on how to get your work in front of our judges!
- Matt "Howl On Wheels' Howell & the MFF Staff
This Saturday will find the Co-Founders of The Motorcycle Film Festival (MFF) on the MAIN STAGE of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) at the Javits Center in New York City at 1pm sharp.
We'll be screening several short films (below) from this years official selection roster and discussing them with Judge and Filmmaker Peter Starr, director of Take It To The Limit (1981) among others.
Django Django "WOR"
Filmmakers: Jim Demuth & Posy Dixon
Mercury music video nominees Django Django became obsessed by the infamous Indian Wall Of Death riders in Allababad.
So, naturally, they asked Noisey to travel to India and stand right in the middle of large lumps of precariously speeding metal for a day, to film a video for their track "Wor". They happily obliged, getting shoes stolen in the process, but it was worth it to meet a bunch of guys with the most rock solid testicles ever.
Filmmaker: Scott Pommier
Longtime bike-builder, 72-year-old Tom Fugle is working to complete a chopper for the Born Free motorcycle show. After years of toiling in relative obscurity and near poverty Tom's work is at last getting some recognition.
Saturday, December 12th
New York Progressive Intl Motorcycle Show
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
- The MFF Staff