Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Bicycle Shorts Film Festival!

Shear Disturbance

Writer/Director: Nate Reynolds
Andre Adderley

A timid young man deeply struggles with generalized anxiety while getting a haircut.

Le Tour

Writer/Director: Johnny Yager
Cinematography: Emmerry Lee
Featuring: Russ Hess, Jeremiah Soderstrom, Darielle Campbell, Mitchel, Ethan Valdez, Montrel Howell, Coleman Donaldson, Cindy del Rosario

A stubborn and unfriendly cyclist learns to enjoy the moment, after a supernatural encounter in a road race.

The Bicycle Thief

Director: Simon Braathen
Producer: Karianne Berge

When director Simen Braathen discovers that his bike is stolen, an all consuming hunt for the thief begins.

Blue Moon

Writers: ,
Cinematography: Emmerry Lee
Featuring: Pat Skipper, Alex Frnka, Taylor Lewis, Lizzie Fabie, Larvell Hood, Varda Appleton

A family unravels one evening as they struggle with the best course of care for their mother who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s.



Director: John D McMahon
Masanori Naka

Finding Melania

Writer: Denise Rosamund Stephenson
Directors: Sarah Calver and Evie Fehilly

The Inconvenience

Writer/Director: Earl Shirley Jr.
Featuring: Allie Nelson, Dori Levit

Ode to Exploration

Writer/Director: Mateo Arango
Cinematographer: Roberto Olivares
Featuring: Camilo Arboleda

Winners were selected by a committee consisting of YBC director Joshua Crone and Festival Judge Karen Fitzer

Karen Fitzer
Festival Judge. Bachelor’s degree in English literature University of Chicago. Studies in Race, Politics, and Culture. Rather long immersion in film studies library at U of C. ; where she took the Doc in Doc Films seriously. Longtime activism to bring an end to capital punishment in PA and USA. Lived in Nicaragua during revolutionary and contra period picking cotton and coffee. Traveled throughout Central America, Cuba and Jamaica. Grows vegetables, teaches ESL and fights for social justice in Philly.


Friday, September 22

7 pm – 8:30 pm. Festival begins with Block I of short films.

9 pm – 10:30 pm. Block II of short films.

Saturday, September 23

2 pm – 3:30 pm. Second screening of Block I of short films.

4 pm – 5:30 pm. Second screening of  Block II of short films.

Sunday, September 24

7 pm – 8:30 pm. Screening of award-winning films.