International Cycling Film Festival
|Location||Katowice in Poland, Herne, Munich and Wiesbaden in Germany and Groningen in the Netherlands|
|Founded||2005 as International Cycling Video Festival|
-2009 renamed International Cycling Film Festival
|Awards||Goldene Kurbel, Grand Prize of the Jury and Audience Awards|
|Hosted by||Europäisches Büro für Filmkunst und Fahrradkultur, Team Hollandse Frietjes - non-professional cycling, Bochum, Roomservice, Herne, Germany, and Silesia Film, Katowice, Poland|
|No. of films||19 films from 13 countries at the 12th ICFF 2017/2018|
|Festival date||Herne: October 20 and 21, 2017. Wiesbaden and Groningen, March 2018. Munich, June 2018. Katowice, September 2018|
The International Cycling Film Festival (Polish: Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmów Rowerowych, German: Internationales Festival des Fahrrad-Films) is an independent, not-for-profit film festival held annually in Germany, in Poland and in the Netherlands. Its mission is to strengthen international cooperation in the areas of art film and bicycle culture. The festival promotes interaction between movie makers and cyclists from all over the world. It has screened more than 250 short movies from more than 30 countries since its debut in 2006. Each year around 20 films compete for the award Goldene Kurbel and the awards of the audience. The Neistat Brothers, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Lucas Brunelle, Steven Subotnick, Nash Edgerton, M. A. Numminen and other filmmakers and artists contributed to the ICFF.
The last and 11th International Cycling Film Festival screened 18 bike films from 10 countries. Approximately 350 participants attended the festival in Germany, around 200 participated in the Polish edition of the ICFF. The 12th ICFF began the season in October 2017 in Herne with 19 films. Further venues are Groningen and Wiesbaden in March 2018, Munich in June and Katowice in September 2018.
The International Cycling Film Festival was established in December 2005 in Bochum by the chairman of the cycling club Team Hollandse Frietjes – non-professional cycling, Gernot Mühge. The festival launched in September 2006 under the name "International Cycling Video Festival" (German: Internationales Festival des Radsport-Videos). Featured were 17 films from the USA, Scotland, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The first three festivals took place at “Goldkante”, a club for the local art scene and social-cultural events in Bochum. During these years the festival was arranged as a three-days festival, containing two film evenings at the first two days and ending with a time trial for both cyclists and movie makers at the third day. The laudatory for the Goldene Kurbel in these years was Frank Hörner, director of the Theater Kohlenpott, which is a children and youth theatre in the Flottmann-Hallen, Herne. He facilitated the transfer of the ICFF from Bochum to nearby Herne.
Since a continuous growth by an increasing number of participants and a rising variety and quality of film contributions the festival was renamed "International Cycling Film Festival” 2009. Also the festival's venue “Goldkante” became too small for the audience over the years. Based on the existing cooperation to the Theater Kohlenpott the makers of the festival decided to move the 4th International Cycling Film Festival to Herne 2009. From then until now the festival takes place at the Flottmann-Hallen, a former machine-tool factory, which was transformed into a cultural centre for Herne following its closure in 1983. During the years 2010 to 2012 the ICFF was included in the “VVicycle- Herne Film and Bicycle Days”, an organizational umbrella for different film festivals taking place in the Flottmann-Hallen.
“The fantastic bicycle film" (German: Der fantastische Fahrradfilm) was the particular motto of the 6th International Cycling Film Festival. The motto was repeated as "The fantastic bicycle film reloaded" during the 8th ICFF 2013. These two specific programs included anime, animation and auteur films from Argentina, Austria, Greece, Germany, Japan, Italy, Poland and Portugal.
Polish-German period of the ICFF
In Summer 2011, during a meeting on future cooperation among bicycle activists in the Ruhr district held in the bike kitchen in Dortmund, Aleksander Kopia, founder of the Silesian Bicycle Initiative (Polish: Śląska Inicjatywa Rowerowa), Poland met people from the ICFF. From that point the Polish initiative is a partner of the ICFF. First guest performances in Poland occurred in the Silesian Voivodeship in Katowice and in Częstochowa in summer 2012. This gave rise to the idea of setting up a second ICFF in Poland based on equal partnership between the Polish and German makers of the ICFF. So 2013 the program of the festival was shown simultaneously in Herne and Częstochowa. Furthermore, a new prize for bicycle-related films was created. The award was named Trzy złote szprychy (English: Three Golden Spokes) and is the audience award of the festival’s Polish edition. In 2014, the Polish edition of the ICFF moved from Częstochowa to Kraków. Since that time the ICFF is under the patronage of the German Consulate General in Kraków. The Polish festival edition is supported by the Goethe-Institut, a German cultural association encouraging international cultural exchange.
A Dutch-Polish-German film festival since 2015
In 2014 the Dutch movie maker Erwin Zantinga from Groningen became a new member of the ICFF board after he presented his film “Two wheels and a hayfork” at the 9th ICFF in Herne personally. Due to this new cooperation between Dutch, Polish and German festival makers Groningen became an additional venue off the ICFF. In the same time the makers of the ICFF started collaboration with the party Alliance '90/The Greens of the municipality of Wiesbaden. As a result, the German Film Heritage Foundation Murnau Stiftung was found as the fifth fixed venue of the ICFF. It is now a trinational festival with board members from and fixed venues in Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.
With its further expansion also the approach of the festival was more and more outlined. Nowadays its mission is two-fold. First, the ICFF focuses on the bicycle as a subject of cinematic art. This part of the festival is represented by movie makers like Werther Germondari, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Jörn Staeger, or Michael Klöfkorn, who contributed to the festival. Second, the ICFF screens films as a means of expression in the fast growing bicycle culture. It is a forum for movie makers from the bicycle community like Lucas Brunelle or Casey Neistat.
Award Goldene Kurbel
The Goldene Kurbel (English: Golden Crank) is the highest prize awarded to the best film in the festival, counting as The Oscar for bicycle films. It is the oldest film prize for bicycle-related films. The award is chosen by a jury of local film, bicycle and art experts who are also in charge for the official selection of the festival program. The Goldene Kurbel consists of a golden right-side crank arm of a bicycle on the top of a wooden base. The crank stands as a symbol for the bicycle and refers also to the crank of early hand-cranked film cameras.
The Goldene Kurbel of the 13th ICFF was given to Tigersprung (Tiger leap), a film by Boaz Kaizman, Peter Rosenthal and Stefan Seibert about Albert Richter, 1932 amateur world champion on the track, murdered in 1940 by the German secret police Gestapo. At the center of the film is his Jewish manager, the Cologne-based Ernst Berliner, who, fleeing from the Nazis, survives the Nazi era in the Netherlands. He tries to prosecute the case in the 1960s, but the German judiciary refuses to open it. Also his former fellows in Cologne refuse him, "the disturbance”. Ernst Berliner travels home to the USA with the intention to never return to Germany. “'Tigersprung' reminds us of the confrontation with Nazi sports history," so festival maker Gernot Mühge in his laudatory speech: "The film refers to what Ralph Giordano has called the second guilt of the Germans - the numerous gaps and failures in the efforts to confront the Nazi history".
Little Girl, an animation from Steven Subotnick, USA, was awarded with the Goldene Kurbel of the 12th ICFF. The short film is about a little girl, riding her bike in a bad mood. She puts fire to houses by ringing her bell. A weird hare tries to extinguish the flames, but finally the girl overwhelmed and dominated him. "Little Girl" is an ambiguous film in a gloomy atmosphere, and it does provide only few guidance to the viewer. The short plays artfully with the levels of imagination, symbols and reality, so the Jury Commission of the 12th ICFF.
The Goldene Kurbel of the 11th ICFF was given to Cycologic, a documentary about the power of women on bikes in Uganda, directed by Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson and Elsa Lövdin, Sweden. The film was shot in Kampala, Uganda, in an absurd mess of mini vans and lorries; in this particular traffic the bicycle appears as a statement of social justice, equity and quality of life (not only) for African people. The film focusses on the political work of Amanda Ngabirano and other women for the creation of car free zones and bike lanes as well their promotion of women in cycling: “Seeing a woman riding a bicycle should not be seen as a sign of courage and fearlessness, but rather a sign of safe streets; and that should be the focus of the planning authorities”, so Amanda.
The winner of the 10th ICFF in 2015/2016 was Wytse Koetse for his film De Benen van Amsterdam, a portrait of Frans van der Meer, Amsterdam’s most authentic bicycle repairmen. The film demonstrates that bicycles are the legs of Amsterdam, and by fixing bicycles Frans keeps the city running. Wytse Koetse’s touching documentary shows Frans’ 90 years old workshop transforming the big city of Amsterdam into a village, where people need their bikes fixed for their daily life, they meet and provide mutual support.
2014 the Goldene Kurbel was given to The Bell from Pijus Mickus, Lithuania. The Bell is a film about a girl’s dream of a cycle of her own, fulfilled by her loving parents. Since the bell does not ring the young owner starts her first ride to let the bell repaired. But the bike ride through the Lithuanian landscape appears difficult; the bicycle falls apart into pieces. Pijus Mickus' short shows powerfully expressive performance dance, with Indrė Pivoraitė and her bicycle as a congenial dance partner in the leading roles.
The prize for the best film 2013 was given to Three-Legged Horses from Felipe Bustos Sierra, Edinburgh, Scotland. His short shows an evening in the live of a professional cycle rickshaw driver, the friendly contacts with passersby, street musicians, colleagues, but also by the demanding fight against gravity, physical pain and nasty passengers. Referring to this contrast the film ends in a big brass party including the whole nightlife of Edinburgh. Three-Legged Horses shows the bright and dark site of professional bicycle driving, the fascination of free urban life, the solidarity among a modern precariat on the one hand, and on the other hand the vulnerability and toughness of this particular work life. The film won both Goldene Kurbel and audience award of the 8th ICFF.
Father and Daughter, a Dutch animation from Michaël Dudok de Wit was the Goldene Kurbel awardee in 2012. The metaphorical and touching film tells the story of a young girl, beginning with the goodbye of her father who leaves in a small boat. Over and over the girl took the bike to come back to the point where he left. This scene recurs for several stages of her life, i.e. as young woman cycling with her girlfriends, with her husband and children, as an elder woman, yet within her there is always a deep longing for her father. The compelling film won the audience award of the ICFF 2012, too.
The film prize 2011 was awarded to the American short Cycle of love by Catherine Marshall. It is the first contribution for the ICFF, within which bicycles play all parts in the film. The festival jury was positive about the amazing expressivity of Catherine Marshall's playing act bicycles, which was needed for the tragicomical love story of her film.
2010 the Goldene Kurbel was given to the Romanian artist Alexei Gubenco and his movie Vive La Crise!. The animation takes the economic and financial crisis as a starting point: "The short shows in an optimistic and satirical way the benefits of the cycle for both individuals and society, referring to the (as it were) anti-consumerism character of cycling", so the 2010th jury's comment.
The winner in 2009 was the German movie maker Jörn Staeger. His film Rad (English title: Wheel) is a short about a bizarre cycling trip under time pressure and against bicycle-specific obstacles: men, dogs, bike chains.
The 2008 prize winner was the movie maker Mike Tereba from Luxembourg for his contribution Psyclist, a gloomy feature film dedicated to a cyclist who was killed in a bicycle accident.
Winners of the Goldene Kurbel in previous years were the German movie maker Sören Büngener for his film A Look in the Mirror in 2007; a year earlier, in 2006, the Goldene Kurbel was awarded to the Austrian/German artists Sylvia Winkler und Stephan Köperl and their film doored in downtown.
Grand Prize of the Jury
The Grand Prize of the Jury was introduced as a special film award for the runner-up to the Goldene Kurbel at the 12th ICFF in Herne, 2017. The award is the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Goldene Kurbel.
Table of awardees
|Goldene Kurbel||Grand Prize of the Jury||3rd|
|Year||Movie maker||Film title||Movie maker||Film title||Movie maker||Film title|
|2018||Boaz Kaizman, Peter Rosenthal, Stefan Seibert||Tigersprung||Fritz Tietz||Der Langsamwallradfahrer||François Fournier||Édouard|
|2017||Steven Subotnick||Little Girl||Eric Jobs||Made in Langendreer||Amanda Zackem||Georgena Terry|
|Year||Movie maker||Film title||Movie maker||Film title||Movie maker||Film title|
|2016||Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Lövdin||Cycologic||Manuel Becho Lo Bianco, Mariano Bergara||Inercia||Matt Dennison||How to Make a Sick Edit|
|2015||Wytse Koetse||De Benen van Amsterdam||Jossie Malis||Bendito Machine IV – Fuel the Machines||Romy Steyer||Friedensfahrer Lothar|
|2014||Pijus Mickus||The Bell||Michael Klöfkorn||ich fahre mit dem fahrrad in einer halben stunde an den rand der atmosphäre||Amir Porat, Mor Israeli||Cycle|
|2013||Felipe Bustos Sierra||Three-Legged Horses||Zina Papadopoulou, Petros Papadopoulos||Eight-Minute Deadline||Mathias Eberle||Eingang-Klapprad-Style|
|2012||Michaël Dudok de Wit||Father and Daughter||Marie Ullrich||Faster!||The Deadly Nightshades||Fabric Bike|
|2011||Catherine Marshall||Cycle of love||José Pedro Lopes||O Risco||Lorenzo Veracini, Nandini Nambiar, Marco Avoletta||A bicycle trip|
|2010||Alexei Gubenco||Vive La Crise!||David Paede, Barbara Sas||Bikekitchen - a filmic approach||GRACQ||Duel dans le sul|
|2009||Jörn Staeger||Rad||Adrian McDowell, Finlay Pretsell||Standing Start||Alistair Oldham||Bristol Bike Project|
|2008||Mike Tereba||Psyclist||Antonio Poce||Coppi, un uomo solo||Ingo Fucking||Karma Riders|
|2007||Sören Büngener||A Look in the Mirror||Holger Zepper||Vene voll?||Thomas Ploder||Nach oben, wohin sonst?|
|2006||Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Köperl||doored in downtown||Sören Büngener||Big Bang in Bayern||Chas Nairn||accomplish|
- Award of the audience in Herne, 13th ICFF, 2018: Melissa Schaust, Germany, On the Move
- Award of the audience in Herne, 12th ICFF, 2017: Eric Jobs, Germany, Made in Langendreer
- Award of the audience in Herne, 11th ICFF, 2016: Zenga Bros, Canada, Tall Bike Tour
- Trzy złote szprychy - Award of the audience in Kraków, 11th ICFF: Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Lövdin, Sweden, Cycologic
- Award of the audience in Herne 2015: Lucas Camps, The Netherlands, Groen
- Trzy złote szprychy 2015 - Award of the audience in Kraków: Jabuk Ribicky, Poland, Baikal Ice Trip
- Trzy złote szprychy 2014 - Award of the audience in Kraków and Award of the audience in Herne 2014: Lea und Gregor Speth, Germany, Panamerican Childhood
- Award of the audience in Herne 2013: Felipe Bustos Sierra, UK, Three-Legged Horses
- Trzy złote szprychy 2013 - Award of the audience in Częstochowa: Konrad Lewandowski, Poland, Michał Kluska
- Audience award 2012: Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Netherlands Father and Daughter
- Audience award 2011: Beatrix Wupperman, Richard Grassick, Germany, UK: Beauty and the bike; Tom Malecha, Switzerland, Ten Things I Have Learned About Mountainbiking
- Audience award 2010: Timo Liedtke, Fiete Isfort, Germany: Robot
- Audience award 2009: Jörn Staeger, Germany, Rad
- Audience award 2007: Sören Büngener, Germany: A Look in the Mirror
- Audience award 2006: Andre Grunert, Peter Ittermann, Alles bon
13th ICFF 2018/2019
- Bike Ride, Tom Schroeder, USA: Best bicycle animation.
12th ICFF 2017/2018
- Bear, Nash Edgerton, USA: Best narrative short film.
- 14, Cyril Flous, Amélie Graffet, Charlotte Daros, Roxane Martinez, David Jurine, Juliette Coutellier , France: Best bicycle animation.
- Alfons V., Tobias Paul, Germany: Best folding bike film.
11th ICFF 2016/2017
- The Alley Cat, Marie Ullrich, USA: Best feature film. The Alley Cat is a continuation of Jasper's story, the bike messenger from the short film Faster!, which won 2nd place at the 7th ICFF. Marie Ullrich’s touching feature film is again a road movie on a bike, focusing on Jasper's personal life.
- The folding bike group Klappradkollektiv Rakete Frankfurt won a Honorable Mention for their lifetime achievement, which contains a huge amount of surprising ideas, shedding light on various aspects of the folding bike sport.
10th ICFF 2015/2016
- Groen, Lucas Camps, Netherlands: Best bike comedy. A student, by bike and in a hurry, is detained by a group of pedestrians, waiting for a traffic light to turn green. The absurd situation evokes Vladimir and Estragon in Godot, but in a ticking thrill like Gary Cooper in High Noon.
- Ride, Coffus Hoffmann, Germany: Best feature film adaption by bike. Ride is a homage to Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn. The German actress Julia Rölle acts as a getaway driver on a fixed-gear bicycle, doing her job precisely and cold-bloodedly.
- Baikal Ice Trip, Paweł Wichrowski and Jabuk Ribicky, Poland: Best bike trip documentation. Baikal Ice Trip shows a bike holiday on Lake Baikal in the South of Siberia, in winter at minus 30 °C.
- Vorsprung durch Forschung, Klappradkollektiv Rakete Frankfurt, Germany: Best folding bike film. A tongue-in-cheek documentary about the advancements in folding bike race technology by the research and development center of Rakete Frankfurt.
4th ICFF 2009
- Wildbachtoni – Geschichte lebt by Richard Westermaier and Moses Wolf, Germany: Award for the bicycle in a supporting role.
Souvenir Stefan Götz
The sporting competition "Souvenir Stefan Götz" marks the end of each German edition of the International Cycling Film Festival. It is named after the first sponsor of the Team Hollandse Frietjes. It also refers to the Tour de France and its Souvenir Henri Desgrange.
In the first few years of the festival the Souvenir Stefan Götz took the form of an individual and team time trial over about 20 km, which was open to both audience and movie makers. 2009 the Souvenir Stefan Götz was a match sprint over about 800 metres, 2011 it was an Urban Cycle Polo match, 2012 a Goldsprint. From 2013 onwards it is a so-called Vinylsprint race, which is an invention of the ICFF makers.
The Vinylsprint is a variation of a Goldsprint race. It was invented by one of the makers of the ICFF, Patrick Praschma, and introduced at the 8th ICFF. Similar to the Goldsprint two stationary bicycles are its basis. The bicycles are coupled with belt-drive turntables: Pedaling the stationary bicycle operates a record player. Its tone arm is connected with a computer, and the stylus works as a speed sensor for the stationary bike. The racetrack is simulated by a video projection, both cyclists have to ride a similar virtual parkour on the cinema screen.
Winners of the Souvenir Stefan Götz
2019: Magnus Fischer, master of bicycle mechanics, Hildesheim
2018: Boris Weidtmann, Duisburg
2017: Christoph Lotz, lawyer, Bochum
2016: Philipp Todtberg, carpentry student, Dortmund
2015: Uwe Hermesmeier, board member ADFC Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach
2014 and 2013: Axel Rickel, bicycle salesman, Dortmund
2012: Pierre Cournoyer, performing artist at Roomservice, Herne
2011: Bike Polo Team "Champagneros", Duisburg
2009: Gernot Mühge, founding director of the ICFF, Bochum
2008: Thomas Wisiolek, amateur cyclist
2007: Rolf Trovato, amateur cyclist
2006: Holger Zepper, movie maker
Beside the fixed venues the ICFF gives numerous guest performances all over Europe. Basically the ICFF has got two concepts. First is a screening of the current program of the ICFF, i.e. in 2016/2017 the program of the 11th ICFF. Second and more often, the ICFF creates a tailor-made program in dialogue with the local people and organizers. The film selection is taken from the ICFF film archive that includes several hundred bike related short films. Based on this archive particular performances were developed in the past, like “Bike Animation Night”, “The Fantastic Bicycle Movie”, “Bike adventures”, “German Bike Shorts”.
The first guest performance of the ICFF took place in the German Museum for Sport and Olympics (German: Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum), Cologne and in the Centennial Hall (German: Jahrhunderthalle Bochum) during the festival “Bicycle Summer of Industrial Culture”, in 2011.
In 2017 guest performances take place in several cities in Germany (Munich, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Hattingen and others), in France (Lille, Roubaix), in the Netherlands (Amersfoort), in Poland (Katowice and others) and in Belarus (Minsk). During summer 2017 the ICFF goes on tour across Russia, with an opening in Moscow in the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of Germany, Moscow and venues in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and others.
No one has yet approached the subject of cycling in such an entertaining, amusing and aesthetically pleasing manner.
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