Bicycle Film Festival heads to Liverpool and Extends 2011 Submission Deadline

Birth of Big Air, by director Jeff Tremaine, about Mat Hoffman

April 8-10 sees the world-conquering Bicycle Film Festival hit Liverpool, its second UK city. The 2010 programme will, at the end of its run, have been seen in more that 25 cities across the globe. The organisers have also just announced that the deadline for film submissions has been extended.

All of the films have been incredibly popular this year,” commented Brendt Barbur, the BFF’s founder. “Consistently, our Urban bike shorts program is a festival highlight, showcasing films from all around the world. Birth of Big Air, produced by Spike Jonze, a feature documentary about one of the most popular BMXers of all time has been hugely succesful this year as well.”

The Liverpool Festival will feature roller racing on the Friday night, a full day of films on Saturday, including a film-making workshop, and a screening of Paris-Roubaix on the Sunday. “We are lucky enough to be running the Liverpool festival the same weekend as one of the greatest yearly races of all time:  The Paris Roubaix,” said Laura Fletcher, the BFF’s UK producer. “We have secured a great pub in liverpool, Fly in the Loaf, to screen the race, and I look forward to the opportunity to watching it in a great atmosphere.”

The rest of the Liverpool screenings take place at FACT, a cutting-edge cinema and art gallery. “We have had a lot of demand for the BFF from around the UK, and consistently a strong audience from both Manchester and Liverpool at the London festival,” said Brendt. “We wanted to bring the festival to them on a local level, and we had an opportunity to work with FACT, a great Liverpool based venue.” For full listings checkhere.

He also welcomed the extended deadline, and urged film-makers to feature more female cyclists. “I would like to see more films that include women. The cycling world is dominated by men, and the BFF is a great opportunity to highlight the many strong, beautiful women who cycle.”

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