Bicycle Film Festival
Words and Photography provided by Elizabeth Rojas
Bicycle Film Festival (BFF for short) serves as a platform to celebrate bicycles through music, art and film. The first event was held in New York City 2001 and ever since then it’s gained in popularity worldwide. As of 2012, the festival has taken place in more than 50 cities in globally. The Bicycle Film Festival has provided a platform for many cyclists and artists to premiere both shorts and feature-length films. BFF typically spans 3-4 days in each city. This year the festival will be in NYC June 25-28.
The first time I attended BFF was in 2013 with my friends Randy Caraballo, Fabian Garcia, and the rest of our crew. They were visiting from Miami for a couple of days. We had the time of our lives. We still talk about that week till this very day. It was the first time we really had a chance to spend time around like minded people and bike culture that truly brought us happiness. It was the combination of these things that opened my eyes to the world of cycling. I began building confidence, and made it a point to really get involved with the cycling community. As well as strengthen myself as a competent cyclist.
Flash forward to today, I went from loving bicycles and the cycling community to being an actual film maker for the BFF. My short is about one epic bike ride from NYC to Montauk. I felt the need to create this film because I think it was important for me to share the simple story of one ordinary girl who has a passion for cycling and for helping others. What I wanted this film to express was that if you try hard enough, and fully dedicate yourself, you can accomplish things you never thought you would. I was at a standstill in my life, and the one thing that kept me centered was my bike. My bike kept me moving forward, and gave me the energy to give back to my community.
My story may be one of many. Having a festival that celebrates the cycling community has truly created a place where people can express their love for the culture that bicycles can bring. From the film makers, to the artists, and spectators and athletes, everyone is at home in the BFF. I personally feel it’s a place of non- judgement, one where people can enjoy themselves and meet some pretty amazing people. BFF can be a place to connect with the greater cycling world and experience urban bike culture at it’s finest.