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Boston Bike Film Festival calls for films

Organizers for the second annual Boston Bike Film Festival have asked filmmakers with a penchant for cycling to submit their work to be shown this October at venues in and around Boston. Among other benefits to acclaimed and amateur filmmakers, the Festival offers a chance to get their films in front of cycling-sensitive audiences.

"Last year's near-sellout crowds was a wakeup call for me," said Cat Bryant, executive director of the Festival. "That the Boston bike community showed so much interest by filling theaters both nights was an action louder than words. Bolstered by the success of the first Festival, we hope to reach an even wider audience this year."

Film concepts from last year's festival ranged from documenting a spectacular crash to illustrating life in "SUV City," to exposing political bias against cyclists both during and after the Republican National Convention held in New York City in August 2004. Types of films included animated shorts, digitally enhanced clips, and feature length documentaries.

Submissions for preview should be 30, 60, or 90 minutes long and either VHS or DVD. Early-bird submissions must be postmarked by August 18 and all submissions must be received by September 24, 2006. Signed Submission and Release forms should accompany each entry.

Festival information, clips from last year and details for submissions can be found at www.bostonbikefilmfest.org.

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