May 27, 2014

Call for Entries! BikeSmut 8: ComeAgain

The deadline has been extended!
Answer call for artists to our 8th year of bikesexual films!
9 / 9 / 14

Wait, what do you want?

We want to see your ideas on the human/bicycle condition. We want to have our feelings on sexuality and/or mobility challenged. We love hot people on hot bikes but there is plenty of other way to express yourself. Why is getting around under your own power sexy? Show us what happens to your body just before you ride; show us just after! Can you visually demonstrate the tingle of excitement that comes from your body's freedom of movement?

We are asking the hoards of horny bikers and human-transportation-curious perverts we call bike-sexuals to openly express their desires. There are so many different ways to get around. We dont care if you are commuting or recreating, racing or cruising, climbing or bombing, on paved streets or bushwacking, going epic or running errands, for love or money, in singlets or unitards, by yourself or in a pack. If you are straight or gay, cis or trans, on a bike or a board or a wheelchair, whatever! we want it all and we take it all!

We also want an unprecedented amount of explicitly expressed verbal consent. Everyone wants to see you get on and get off but our bonus challenge we are asking is can you actually express your desires? How can you demonstrate a sexy way to get consent? Your film might inspire someone else to ask for explicit verbal consent, and that is pretty sexy to us!

So you want me to make a film about bikes and sex...  but what will you do with these movies? 

Your heartfelt expression of velo-love is sacred! Every year we make a new program of movies that travels to around 100 different places every year. We gather the bike punks, the perverts, the art snobs and the transportation wonks who like to wank... a stew of people who crave more authentic, DIY ideas about getting on and getting off! They come to the show and they want to see you! They want you against the wall, they want you in the basement, they want you in the streets! They want you wherever you feel sexy and confident and they want the unfiltered joy you have discovered at your body's sexual mobility.

Uh- huh, so where are these filmmakers from?

In last year's program, Bike Smut 7: The Porny Express, we received three films from Montreal, all from different artists. This is a new all time record for a city set by some fabulously dirty franko-cino-cycle-philes! But we get submissions of bicycle erotica from all over. Besides Canada and the US we have received great movies from Germany, Italy, Australia, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Croatia. This year we are hoping to see more films from Latin America! If you know anyone from Tijuana to Terra del Fuego please share this call for artists with them!

I'll be sure to work on that, so where do you show these... films?

It might be easier to answer where we *DONT* we show these films. We make screenings happen in all sorts of locations! Bike Shops, cultural centers, squats, university campuses, bars, communes, backyards, art galleries... all manner of venues. Some, like the historic Byrd Theater in Richmond are massive monuments to the cinematic arts. Other spots like the Women's Center in Zurich are a modest salon where only the first 20 people will get a seat. Finding venues and sharing these films is not easy. Thankfully lots of people want to see them and we are proud to share them.

This past year we completed our first solo bike tour of North America.  We pounded more than 3,000 miles of hard American pavement bringing The Porny Express across the North, Atlantic and the South.
screenings not shown: Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, B.C. and Alaska
Presently we are in the middle of a bike tour across Europe. 1000s of Kilometers by bicycle. Hauling a projector, screen, cables, merchandise, in addition to all the other stuff people would carry when on extended bike tour: bourbon, sleeping bag, and a massive box of condoms.

And this is only a small section of the number of shows we are doing in Europe. By partnering with local bike perverts we have been able to encourage more bikesexual emancipation. Just as with cycling you cannot get there by desire alone, you actually have to work it and the results are blissful.

In all we expect to screen this program 93 times this year.

That's all fine but what about MY film? These are all places you went with the last year's program, what about next year?

Well arn't you just the most precocious pornographer in the room? Well we have some pretty exciting plans for you as well. In fact we have never before had this much advance thought put into our program. We will be touring Bike Smut 8: Come Again for 9 months! September 2014 clear through until the Spring of 2015!

So you want to make me a porn star? I mean, I always thought it would be fun but I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of "commitment" 

We hear ya! Many people who are in the sex industry suffer for being outed as a sex worker. If you make a porn than you become a porn star for life. Seriously? Whats up with that?

We think that sexuality is too important to leave to the professionals. Some of them are doing very impressive work but we all have interesting ideas and kinks. Moreover we shouldn't have to feel like we might loose our jobs just because we are mature enough to admit that we enjoy sex!

Every year we organize around 100 screenings. By using our sweet math skills we have determined that we have had around 700 screenings and not a single leak. In every screening we make sure that you are protected. You don't want to have your movie screened in a specific place? No problem. You need to make sure someone's face or tattoos is not seen? We can help. These requests have been asked from us in the past and we have been able to work with the filmmakers to make sure they are safe.

What's this gonna cost me?

Our film festival is, as it will always be, free for filmmakers to submit. You did the work of making the movie; our job is to share it. (although we would like to charge people who send us films that have nothing to do with sexuality or transportation.)

Okay, lets say I want to make a movie, how do I start?

All it takes is an idea. You are the center of your own bikesexual universe. Give yourself a little time to meditate on what you really enjoy about bikes and sex. How would you ideally represent this? Another way is to imagine you are at a screening of your short film. Try to put yourself in the position of the audience. What do you want to see?

Some people make a film entirely on their own.  Others ask people they trust to help them and still others make the exciting request to have someone they barely know help them make a porn. It is a little scary making yourself vulnerable. But just like a cyclist in the streets if you can overcome your fears and boldly state your desires you will find most people are quite accommodating. What do you have to loose? They are your desires; work to making your bikesexual dreams come true!

OKAY! OKAY! OKAY! You convinced me. I'll do it!

Wonderful! Did you edit it? We only want finished works. If you are having trouble or are a first time filmmaker please let us know we have lots of helpful advice because we have made lots of mistakes in the past. Your movie should be 8 minutes or less. If you want more time please contact us: bikesmut[at]

Whoa this is hard, how long do I have?

Yes, filmmaking can be a challenge. The deadline for submissions HAS BEEN EXTENDED! The new deadline is Tuesday, September 9th (or 9/9/14 for you euro folk). Its gonna be a hot summer, you should get started right away! Typically we have the premiere in June but due to our dreamy bike tour of Europe we are pushing it back. So you have an extra two months to share the fun between your legs!

I did it! I challenged some taboos and I want to share my film!

Fucking stoked.

Congratulations. This is no small feat. Sometimes it can be a simple idea that captures the imagination and other times its an epic like Lawrence of bike-fucking Arabia. What matters is you did it. We are thrilled you want to share your ideas with the rest of the world and so are they. Please fill out this form that verifies that the people involved were of the age of consent at the time of production. It's not as scary as it sounds. You are not signing your work over to us, you maintain your rights; we are happy just sharing it.

You make it easier for bikers to talk about sex. You make it
possible for sex fiends to enjoy biking. You make your community
stronger and more aware. You share these things with people you care
about because it improves their lives. All you have to do is make a movie. 
 Please submit to Bike Smut 8: Come Again
Extended Deadline for entry - 
September 9th, 2014

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