Bicycle Film Festival - Chicago
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Start streaming February 24th, 7pm (Central Standard Time)

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The 20th Anniversary of Bicycle Film Festival is going virtual.

BFF is arriving in Chicago virtually on February 24 – March 7 hosted by Active Transportation Alliance.


About BFF

Bicycle Film Festival has been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music the last 20 years. The physical BFF spanned the world in over 90 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people. The festival has an incredible history of working with the most important artists, filmmakers, venues, and institutions around the world. BFF Chicago is presenting an international selection of the most important short films from our collection.

Join us beginning February 24th along with our Chicago bike advocacy partner, Active Trans for the 20th Anniversary of Bicycle Film Festival.

About Active Trans

Active Transportation alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for people to walk, bike or use public transit while also addressing racial and economic inequities in our region’s transportation networks.

During virtual BFF Chicago, we’ll hear from Active Trans as well as two of their community partners- Streets Calling Bike Club and Northwest Side Housing Center. Learn more about how hyper-local groups like these are creating inspiring solutions in their communities through the power of the bike.

How it Works

How does the virtual Bicycle Film Festival Chicago work? A ticket allows you to view the 90-minute short film format from Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00pm CST through Sunday, March 7th at 11:59pm CST streamed to your computer, tablet, or smart TV by simply clicking on the link provided by email 15 minutes before opening date and time. Ticket prices are "sliding scale" so all ticket prices entitle you to the same content.  You may view BFF in one sitting, or as you will, from the comfort and safety of your home.


Short Film Program

BFF Select Shorts appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everything in between. The curated collection of select short films will take you on a journey around the world, covering such topics as:

-The first BMX crew in Nigeria 

-A charismatic Ghanian immigrant in Amsterdam who teaches refugee adult women to ride bikes

-A bird's-eye view of a BLM bicycle protest ride in New York

-New York City through the lens of female bike messengers

-Two women who bring a small town together around mountain biking and their pizza shop

-The struggle of a young woman and her bike in Iran

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