The hottest tickets in town this weekend weren’t for Adele but for the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival.
A charming documentary about an ill-starred bicycle race was a popular winner of the first Brisbane Bike Bites short film competition, which opened the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival on Friday evening.
The tale of the well-policed Brisbane version of the Global Gutz race was a film-maker Guy Mansfield’ perfect response to the call for a bicycle theme referencing Brisbane City. It was part of a fun and eclectic group of films which attendees are still talking and laughing about.
Festival organiser, Caroline McAllen from Space for Cycling Brisbane, said the demand for tickets was absolutely crazy. When the online tickets sold out, people were ringing, texting and messaging us on Facebook desperately trying to secure a ticket, she said.
Those lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to seven great short local films—all very different and but all entertaining. Close behind Guy Mansfield and his Global Gutz were second-prize-winners Pedal Pushers Bicycle Club with their laid-back two-wheeled tour of Brisbane’s bikeways directed by Damian Peacock.
Third place was too hard for the judges to call, so they put it to the crowd for a People’s Choice Award, won by the delightful animated entry by Letitia Lamb and Viv Mason: A Girl Needs a Bike.
The judges also gave a special award to a junior film maker, 9 year old Jackson Meyer, who starred with his little sister in Ten Gears. All winners received prizes donated by contest sponsor Epic Cycles bicycle store in Paddington.
For full details read space4cycling BNE's media release here.