Director Fredrik Gertten was in Paris, France today to accept the Talents du Vélo award, an annual award given to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of daily cycling. The competitors are assessed on the exemplarity of the work they provide and on their commitment in regards to sustainable mobility and citizenship. The award is presented by Le Club des villes et territoires cyclables.
From the jury: "The Gold award is a very special award. It is meant to highlight and honor a project the jury considered especially relevant in regards to the purpose of promoting cycling as a daily mode of transport. Fredrik Gertten was chosen as the award's recipient based on the importance of his documentary, Bikes vs Cars, which we believe addresses critical issues, such as the power of the lobbyists in the car industry. The jury appreciated, among other qualities, the film's accuracy, its cinematography and the original music composition."
The 2016’s edition of Talents du Vélo is organized in partnership with ADEME, Altinnova, UNIVELO, FING and the association des maires Ville et banlieue.
We’re very proud to share that Bikes vs Cars has been involved with a great new program in Malmö, Sweden, called Talent Without Borders. TWB is an initiative co-founded by a number of organizations with the objective to lower the threshold for new coming talent to gain entry into the Swedish job market. A part of this program is ‘Hackademy’, a boot camp for developers in which the participants get the opportunity to work together on a real project, learn new skills and experience a Swedish workplace from the inside. We have had the privilege of being involved in this program with the Bikes vs Cars app, and for the past two months, the app’s community manager Glynnis Ritter has been working with the eight incredibly talented participants on further developing our Android version.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8th), at 5pm CET, the Hackademy participants will graduate from the program. The ceremony will be live streamed from our Facebook page and we hope you’ll join us to learn more about Talent Without Borders, the developers and the work we’ve been doing on the app.
We're proud to share that Influence Film Club has named Bikes vs Cars their May "Film of the Month"! Influence Film Club is an online platform that engages new and diverse audiences around documentary film by facilitating small film clubs. They were also early supporters of our film, having given us a generous grant to help with the production of Bikes vs Cars.
Check out this page, which is full of great resources, including an awesome discussion guide that we highly recommend for post-screening talks!
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One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague recently hosted director Fredrik Gertten and the Czech premiere of Bikes vs Cars. While in Prague, Fredrik participated in a masterclass, which focused on, among other topics, his career in journalism, his experience as a documentary filmmaker and producer and the issue of local and global in his films.
One World also arranged a bike ride to one of the three Bikes vs Cars screenings which took place during the festival. Fredrik was there, along with friends from the Swedish Embassy in Prague and a huge crowd of bicyclists. Thanks to all who came out to the bike ride and to see the film! And thanks to One World for arranging a wonderful weekend of events.
Photos taken by Jan Hromadko
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will host the Czech premiere of Bikes vs Cars this weekend, with director Fredrik Gertten in attendance for Q&As, a masterclass and a bike ride to the cinema. The premiere will take place on Friday, March 11th at 19.30, with additional screenings on Saturday and Monday. Find more info and tickets here.
Friday, March 11: 19.30 - Kino 35 (czech premiere, followed by masterclass with Fredrik Gertten. Info here.)
Saturday, March 12: 17.00 - Kino 35 (accompanied by bike ride to the cinema. Info here).
Monday, March 14: 17.00 - Evald
Festival du Film Vert, an environmental themed festival with branches throughout France and Switzerland, will screen Bikes vs Cars in seven different cities in March and April. Junior producer Glynnis Ritter will attend the first screening, along with the festival's award ceremony, in Lausanne on Saturday, March 5th. Full list of screenings below:
Lausanne : March 5 (followed by discussion)
Chatel-St-Denis : March 12
Nyon : March 13 (followed by discussion)
Yverdon-Les-Bains : March 19
Ferney-Voltaire : March 20 (followed by discussion)
Le Sentier : March 20
Geneva : April 7
Fredrik Gertten heads to Zagreb next week for the Croatian premiere of Bikes vs Cars, with ZagrebDox, International Documentary Film Festival. There will be two screenings, both followed by Q&A's, as well as a bike caravan leading to the film's premiere on Friday, Feb.26th. More info can be found here.
26.02. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4
27.02. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5
We are happy to announce that Bikes vs Cars has been nominated as “Best Environmental Documentary” for The Bigger Picture Film Awards 2016. Produced by Global Inheritance, The Bigger Picture is an annual interactive film awards program honoring the very best in caused-based films and documentaries. "We aim to recognize films with meaningful messages that have the power to inspire audiences. We want to bring these films to the forefront and give audiences a chance to vote on their favorites from this past year."
Vote for Bikes vs Cars here (you could win some pretty neat prizes if you do!).