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Bicycle Film Festival arrives in the Berkshires for the first time

Experience a day-long festival featuring two curated screenings of short films accompanied by family-friendly rides and bicycle-related vendors.

Pittsfield — Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) has traveled to London, Tokyo, and Melbourne—100 cities around the globe in total. Now, for the first time, this acclaimed festival celebrating the bicycle in all its forms lands in the Berkshires at The Stationery Factory in Dalton on June 16. Experience a day-long festival featuring two curated screenings of short films accompanied by family-friendly rides and bicycle-related vendors. The festival is hosted by the Pittsfield Community Design Center and the Berkshire Chapter of New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA). The festival’s inaugural sponsor is Housatonic Heritage, with more to come.

BFF: Berkshires is designed to appeal to cyclists of all ages and interests, from mountain bikers to long-distance racers and everyone in between. BFF: Berkshires offers an international window into the passionate cycling movement by presenting films of a caliber that speak to film connoisseurs and avid cyclists alike. These films celebrate what makes bicycling special and showcase why bicycling is attracting a growing following worldwide, including in the Berkshires.

BFF: Berkshires’ Co-Producer and Pittsfield Community Design Center organizer Nick Russo says, “I wanted to bring the excitement I experienced watching the virtual Bicycle Film Festival over the past few years in person to my community in western Massachusetts. This festival promises to kick off a true bike renaissance that builds on work being done countywide, from the expansion of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail to encouraging more students to bike to school.”

With an Adventure Shorts screening at 2 p.m. and Select Shorts at 6 p.m. featuring 16-plus films in total, BFF: Berkshires will bring local audiences a full range of documentaries, narratives, and animations by award-winning directors and emerging talents—all sharing equal billing.

In addition to films, the day features family-friendly rides, demonstrations, and vendors with a portion of ticket sales supporting the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bike Skills Park, which aims to bring a dedicated space complete with a pump track, jump line, skills zone, and dual slalom to young bikers.

Tickets and passes available now on BFF’s website.

Watch the BFF: Berkshires Trailer here:

Bike Film Festival Berkshires Trailer from Bicycle Film Festival on Vimeo.

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