Bike Shorts Film Festival

The 4th Annual Bike Shorts Film Festival is going to be bigger than ever before with screenings throughout SW VA this May!
May 2 The Taubman Museum of Art
May 8 The Lyric Theatre
May 16 The Riverviews Artspace

The Bike Shorts Film Festival features shorts films produced by local, national and international filmmakers featuring bicycles, bicyclists, and bicycling in interesting, creative, and surprising ways.  From music videos to zombie movies, the Bike Shorts Film Festival highlights some of the incredible creativity that southwest and central Virginia has to offer.

Join us for the premiere at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art on Friday, May 2nd.  The screening starts at 7:00 pm and will be preceded by a the “Tread Carpet” social with complimentary appetizers.

Can’t make it to the Taubman on May 2? No worries, the Bike Shorts Film Festival will be hitting the road this year with screenings at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg on May 8th, and in Lynchburg on May 16th at the Riverviews Artspace

All screenings are $5 at the door.

PLEASE NOTE:  Films screened at the Bike Shorts Film Festival are unrrated, and many will fall into the PG-13 category.  

New This Year: Kids Film Festival at the Taubman’s Spectacular Saturdays

Thanks to the growing popularity of kids entries, we are excited to announce that a special screenings of Bike Shorts Youth Film Festival will take place on Saturday May 3 at the Taubman Museum during a Bike Month themed Spectacular Saturday.  Screenings will occur throughout the day (11am/1pm/3pm). 

Our submission guidelines are simple – make a short film, 10 minutes or less, about anything you want, so long as it features a bicycle.  Documentary, love story, music video, horror flick – just get a bicycle in there and you’ll qualify!  Download our registration form for complete rules, or visit the upload page to review technical specifications and submit your movie online. 

Contact us if you wish to have your film submitted for next year’s festival.


For 2014 we will have four prize categories:

  • Juried Prize, $300:  Best overall film, selected by a panel of judges drawn from the regional arts and film community.
  • Music Video, $300:  Must feature an original song or piece of music.  This category will also be selected by our panel of judges.
  • People’s Choice, $100:  The audience favorite, selected at the end of each Bike Shorts Film Festival screening. (3 total)
  • YouTube Prize. $100:  After the premier, all submissions will be posted to our Bike Shorts Roanoke YouTube channel.  At the end of the contest period, the film with the most views will be awarded this prize.

Follow us here on or keep up with our Facebook page for more info on prizes and prize categories.  

Special thanks to our supporting sponsors:

Taubman Museum of ArtRiverviews ArtspaceSilver Seas PRRoanoke Outside, and Fork in the Market

Want to sponsor the Bike Shorts Film Festival? (click here)

2013 Bike Shorts Film Festival Winner:

Want to know what you’re up against?  Here are the winners of the 2013 Bike Shorts Film Festival:

Juried Prize: “Smile”- Directed by Barry Keller

Best Original Score and Audience Choice Award: “DMX on a BMX”- Directed by William Sellari (WARNING: Adult language,click here to view on our YouTube channel)

DMX on a BMX