The organizers of the 5th Annual Bike Shorts Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Grand Jury Prize, Best Music Video, Best Local Film, and first Audience Choice awards. RIDE Solutions received 14 videos representing local, national, and international filmmakers for the 2015 festival.
These films were reviewed by a panel of five judges from the RIDE Solutions service area. This year, those judges were Mike Allen of The Roanoke Times; Dick Daniels with radio station Q99; Greg Webster of Roanoke’s Arts Commission; David Neumeyer of the James River Arts Council; and Marjette Upshur of the City of Lynchburg.
The winners of the 2015 prizes are:
- Grand Jury Prize: Observing the Elements by Chris Bruntlett and the Vancouver Cycle Chic Team, Vancouver, BC
- Best Music Video: Cycle by Amir Porat and Mor Israeli, Yavne, Israel
- Best Local Film: Light by Ben Buzzard, Pulaski, VA
- Audience Choice, Roanoke: Kiss my Ashes Goodbye by Hank Ebert and Dwayne Yancey, Roanoke, VA
The Festival will have two more screenings, one at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg on May 7th, and the second at The Lyric Theatre on May 30th. The screenings will each offer their own Audience Choice awards, and more information about each screening can be found at ridesolutions.org/bikeshorts.
The films are also available on the Bike Shorts Film Festival YouTube channel, youtube.com/bikeshortsroanoke, for our YouTube Award. This award recognizes the video that receives the most views by the end of National Bike Month. The YouTube channel hosts every film screened by the Festival in its five year history.
The Bike Shorts Film Festival is one of a number of events organized by RIDE Solutions to celebrate Bike Month. A full calendar of events can be found online at http://ridesolutions.org/bikemonth.
RIDE Solutions is a service of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, the New River Valley Planning District Commission and Region 2000.
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