Saturday, June 21, 2014

SECOND ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE FILM FESTIVAL

Fantastic poster art for MFF#2 by Lorenzo Eroticolor
After the great success of last year's inaugural Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn, plans are well underway for this year's Festival, happening September 24-27th at our new venue The Gutter in Brooklyn.  Last year the MFF sneakily premiered the global sensation 'Why We Ride', and showed an impressive array of feature narrative and documentary films, plus short films as openers, at 3 different venues in Brooklyn.  This year, with a single venue, it will be much easier to see (read:find) the films screened, and we've already had dozens of submissions, but are still looking for more!  We know there are some motorcycle-related films out there débuting before or in September, and we'd like to show them.
MFF founders Jack Drury and Corinna Mantlo flanked by yours truly and JP of the Selvedge Yard
Our judging panel has grown this year to accommodate the larger number of submissions, and includes a lot of esteemed names in the motorcycle/film world, including filmmakers Ultan Guilfoyle (curator of the 'Art of the Motorcycle' Guggenheim exhibit), Peter Starr (maker of over 40 films including 'Take it to the Limit'), Amos Poe (seminal no-wave maker of 'The Blank Generation'), Eric Ristau (Best of the MFF winner last year with 'Best Bar in America'); motorcycle artists Shinya Kimura (Chabott Engineering), Roland Sands (Roland Sands Design), and Paul Cox (Paul Cox Industries); plus moto-culture fixtures John Patrick (The Selvedge Yard), Stacie B London (East Side Moto Babes), Paul d'Orléans (The Vintagent), and Chris Logsdon (The Shop Brooklyn).  Film submissions are in excellent hands, and every entry will be judged on its merits.
A nice story from Cafe Racer Italia on MFF#1
With rapidly approaching due dates, and a flood of submissions from abroad (hey American filmmakers...what you got?!), the MFF is now accepting submissions online, to expanding the possiblities for more films to be submitted, quickly.  Here are the submission rules:
  1. All standard submission rules still apply. That means a submission still needs to be a Quicktime (.mov) file, compressed at H.264/AVC, to 1920x1080 resolution. 8-10mbps preferred, no less than 6 please
  2. We still need your submission form included in the submission
  3. We also need still photos from the film and, if possible a promo poster or image and a high def of the filmmaker/s. All less than 1500px in their largest dimension please?
  4. All submission fees still apply
  5. ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY JULY 1ST!
How to submit a film electronically:
  1. Please collect all submission materials mentioned above (film, form, pics, etc) and place them into a single .zip or .rar file.
  2. Upload that file to the transfer portal of your choice; for example, Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, Hightail, etc...we don't care how you get it to us as long as it's complete. We can accept FTP transfers but much prefer the other methods.
  3. Email us a link with the title: "MFF Submission [title of film]" to the uploaded submission file.
  4. In your email, please include your name and contact info. It's on the form, but this makes it easier to search our email.
  5. Send your submission fee by Paypal to: motorcyclefilmfestival@gmail.com We can accept payments in other ways including wire transfers, etc. but Paypal is by far the easiest. We are still accepting fees in the mail if that's how you roll. 100% of submission fees are used for operating costs of the festival - cloud storage, hard drives, website maintenance, etc.
See you there!!


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