The 7th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Friday, June 17th, 2016
Danbury Palace, Danbury, CT – Tickets on sale now!
One Festival, Three Venues!
The only film festival in the USA to celebrate two-wheeled travel is growing! This year, you’ll have three locations to watch the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival: Arlington, MA; Newburyport, MA; or Danbury, CT. There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival, and you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure from Spain to Bolivia to Germany and beyond. Ciclismo Classico, the longtime pioneer in creative bicycle vacations, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event.
If you are inspired by the films at the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival, you won’t be the only one. Susan Callahan, owner of Goodie’s Homemade, has donated her delicious cookies to the Arlington festival’s Cookie Showcase for many years. Susan attended the event out of curiosity – and it changed her life! She says, “Last year’s bike travel film festival was the inspiration for me to buy a bike back in September. Since November, I’ve put 600 miles on it! I must practice if I’m ever going to be able to bike across Italy!”
This year’s films does not lack for inspiration – the Grand Jury Prize goes to filmmaker Charles Scott, whose film Perceived Limits shares stories from the over 7,000 miles he has travelled with his children, now aged 15 and 9. Charles says, “When I turned 40 years old I made a list of life goals. Number one on that list: Dream up adventures with my kids. My son – then aged 8 – and I came up with the idea to cycle for over 2 months across Japan. Although I had previously enjoyed riding my bike in races and triathlons, I had never gone on an overnight cycling trip until that Japan ride.”
There’s great variety in the rest of this year’s films. See what happens when a bored businessman skips work and keeps on pedaling in The Cyclist. Watch the riders in The Trail to Kazbegi as they ride through death-defying routes through the Causacus region and haggle with border patrol agents. Be inspired in A Touch of Nature by another family who brings the kids along for the ride – and makes sure that the Easter Bunny does not forget to visit their campsite! Rodando en La Habana: Bicycle Stories will give you an inside look at Cuban bicycle culture – including a man who built an 18-ft high bicycle! Additional films visit Bolivia, Spain, and Italy – and the good old USA.
In addition to the fantastic films, Arlington’s festival begins with the famous Cookie Showcase, an all-cookie buffet featuring the best bakeries of Arlington and beyond. Every attendee will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful bike jersey as part of our Great Jersey Giveaway.
Special guests for the Arlington evening are Jim Sayer, Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (when you hear him speak, you’ll be ready to quit your job and go biking!) and Charles Scott, the “family
adventure guy” and filmmaker of our 2016 Grand Jury Prizewinning film.
The Festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico, a community-minded Arlington company that has been a leader in active bicycle vacations since 1988. Ciclismo Classico C.E.B. (Chief Executive Biker) Lauren Hefferon says, “Since our start almost 30 years ago, we’ve always been very involved with the local community. From our annual holiday ‘Jingle Ride’ to the Bike Travel Film Festival, we welcome the opportunity to promote active lifestyles and get people dreaming about their next adventure.” Through the proceeds from these events, Ciclismo Classico has donated thousands of dollars to a variety of bicycle and other local charities. This year’s Film Festival will benefit Adventure Cycling Association and Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition.
Click here to see the listing of films
2015 Film Festival Winners
Audience Prize: Megamoon
Grand Jury Prize: A Nomad’s Life