"The MFF is catching on around the world" - Cycle World

The MFF is catching on around the world, and it’s seeking new entries for 2015.

Published in Cycle World, March 2, 2015 By Paul d'Orleans


Motorcycles and movies; it’s a perfect combination. Bikes have been featured in films since the teens of last century, used as compelling characters or dynamic plot shifters. Today, we’re in the middle of a moto-movie renaissance. It seems every custom shop has an in-house filmmaker, and every cool bike event is swarmed with filmies. Today’s rising tide of moto-mania has spurred bike factories to collaborate with rising garage artists, and inspired professional filmmakers to produce two-wheel feature films.

The Motorcycle Film Festival opened its doors in 2013, and from that first event in September in Brooklyn, it was clearly a hit. Screenings were at capacity from the get-go. With only three month’s notice to the world, 35 films were submitted; Why We Ride made its debut, and three other features and 12 short films were also screened. In 2014, MFF screenings in Brooklyn were totally sold out, standing-room-only full. Seventy films were submitted from every continent but Antarctica. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter made its premiere, and Best of Fest winner Daniel Rintz, who directed the amazing travel diary Somewhere Else Tomorrow, was awarded $2,000 and a Honda to make the MFF trailer for 2015. The judging ranks in 2014 swelled to include “Art of the Motorcycle” curator Ultain Guilfoyle, plus film directors Peter Starr, Amos Poe, and Eric Ristau (the 2013 Best of Fest winner for Best Bar in America), custom bike legends Shinya Kimura, Roland Sands, and Paul Cox, the Selvedge Yard’s JP, and others.

For 2015, the MFF expands with screenings at the Wheels & Waves festival (Biarritz, France) in June, and atEICMA (Milan, Italy) in November. Submissions for 2015 are officially open. The MFF has already exceeded its 2014 numbers, and the festival will wait until June 1 for more films to arrive.

The word is out, and the MFF’s growing international presence guarantees another amazing mix of shorts, documentaries, experimental films, music videos, and feature films for our 2015 Festival screenings. If you have a film that’s motorcycle-related, or know someone who’s shy and needs global exposure, reach the MFF at www.motorcyclefilmfestival.com.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that! It’s cheap to enter your film, and the submission process is simple. The MFF is expanding beyond Brooklyn for the American screenings in 2015/2016, so watch this space for new dates.

Cycle World’s Paul d’Orléans, our Custom & Style Editor, serves as the event host and chief judge for The Motorcycle Film Festival.

Martin Squires: A 360 Look at Sixth Street Specials

Artist Martin Squires' work was featured 'The Museum', an official selection of the 2nd annual MFF. Martin made the trip to NY from the UK to be at the Festival, and while he was here he sketched several local motorcycle shops. Here is a 360 view of the piece he created at 6th Street Specials.


Excerpt from our recent interview with Martin:

You came to New York for the Film Festival, but you also did a bit of work by going to Sixth Street Specials and Paul Cox Industries to do some drawings. Tell us about your expectations before you went to their shops and what you came to find and to do.
My main aim was to use the scrolling sketchbook to produce 360-degree sketches of the workshops, but I was open to change if the workshop needed to be portrayed differently. I looked up both shops so I had an idea of what to expect, but I knew that it would all change as soon as I got there. At Sixth Street the main workshop was perfect for the 360-degree sketch as it was just one room. I sat in the middle of the workshop and sketched away as the guys carried on with their work. I really enjoyed experiencing the comings and goings of the workshop. Paul’s place was different than Hugh’s as it’s a large space with lots of different areas. I worked around the space producing a 360-degree sketch made up of the different sections. I spent 2 days at each workshop and within those 2 days I had roughed out the entire workshop and inked as much as I could. I took photos as reference so I could finish the pieces in the studio. I would have loved to do the whole thing on location but time did not allow. One thing that I didn't know before I went to the workshops was that Paul used to work out of Hugh’s place when he started with his leather work. I was really happy that the two shops were associated it was a perfect connection.

Read the full interview HERE.