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LA Moto Film Fest: Open for Submissions

2011 LA Moto Film Fest

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts filled the LA Cretins rooftop clubhouse with bikes to take in the 1st Annual Los Angeles Motorcycle Film Festival, Saturday Oct. 23rd.

The inaugural event benefited the charity organization Riders For Health and raised over $1,200 with raffles and donations. With the encouragement of the riding community and Riders for Health, the 2nd Annual LA Moto Film Fest is officially announced for early summer of 2011 with submissions now being accepted.

Mark Duncan (festival organizer) says: “There is tremendous dedication and talent within the motorcycle community, and much of that crosses over into their interest in film. They produced some of the most interesting niche motorcycle documentaries seen anywhere.”

2010 Festival winners were:

Best Documentary: “Free Black Horse” by Ronald Price.

Best Travelogue: “Hic Sunt Leones (Here be Dragons)” by Raffaele Canepa.

Best Narrative: “A Prayer for Cool” by Marc Bencivenga.

In addition to the outdoor short film screenings, the event featured music, food, drinks and a bike show with prizes for various categories. Prizes were donated and raffled off from Progressive Suspension, SocalSuperMoto, Adams Motorsports Park, Bombay Motorsports, Jupiter’s Cycles, WSMC, and Glory Sales & Service.

Lisa Johnson Bakker (Development Director for Riders for Health) says: “Thanks to Mark Duncan and everyone at LA Motorcycle Film Festival for generously donating their time and energy to Riders for Health. The funds raised for Riders at this event will mobilize health workers across Africa and means that people living in rural areas will be reached with life saving care.”

“The interest and momentum that builds for Riders here in the States is dependent upon these efforts and we are so grateful for the support of everyone who organized and participated in the LA Motorcycle Film Festival.”

Mark Duncan says: “For next year, we hope to reach out to the film community at large and have a larger number of narrative films. From comedies to slasher films, zombie bikers to dramas, documentaries to stunt videos, if it’s got motorcycles we want to see it!”

Call for submission is now open, seeking films, with a maximum length of 25 minutes. “Most films selected will be 5-10 minutes, so if it’s long, it better be pretty spectacular!” adds Duncan. Trailers will also be accepted for features that the motorcycle world needs to see. Trailer submissions must include the full feature to be considered.

Additional submission information available at or by email at

Pictures from 2010 LA Moto Film Fest

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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