The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF) will show 17 films at this year’s annual festival. From first time directors to veteran filmmakers, this year’s Festival line-up offers a diverse range of international films from adventurous travelogues and documentaries, to a Moto GP champion biopic, all told through the lens of motorcycling.
Nearly 60 films were submitted for consideration, and from those, the 17 films that form the Official Selection span the globe from Canada, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and as far away as Australia.
Films about Moto GP champion Wayne Gardner; riding to the world’s northernmost road in Arctic Norway; exploring the artists, riders and builders influencing today’s custom motorcycle culture; Scotland’s first-ever female national CB500 championship winner Jodie Chalk, and North American track legend Dave Roper, to name a few.
“The films included in this year’s Festival tell stories of adventure, freedom, and pushing boundaries; the essence of the human spirit that everyone can relate to, whether they are ardent motorcyclists or not,” said Caius Tenche, Festival Director and Founder. “Storytelling is as old as time and to be able to tell the stories of our inspiring motorcycle culture through the language of cinema is especially exciting.”
Highlights include the North American Premiere of Wayne by award-winning New Zealand producer Fraser Brown (McLaren) and Australian director Jeremy Sims, that recounts the incredible life of Wayne Gardner who went from a $5 dirt bike to Moto GP World Champion; Gareth Maxwell Robert’s Oil in the Blood, the first documentary feature film to catalogue the builders, riders and artists of the contemporary custom motorcycle culture; and Alberto Bernad Vidal and Patrick Botticchio’s heart-warming and humble Blenio, Utah that reflects on the dream of a butcher from a small 800- person Swiss village, who despite not having any experience, aims to set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
In addition, this year’s line-up boasts 10 World Premieres including Crown Land by Canadian director-duo The Fellas; Evan H. Senn’s ode to the community of flat track racers Fast and Left; and Jean Pierre Kathoefer’s heart-tugging The Distinguished Gentleman about the power of community who came together in the face of hardship when one of its members suffered burns to over 40% of his body and nearly ending his life.
Now in its third year, the TMFF is the first and only Canadian film festival dedicated to screening movies focused on motorcycles and the incredible culture of motorcycling. The films in the Festival are eligible for awards given to the best narrative, documentary and Canadian film, selected by a five-person jury. International Female Ride Day founder and MOTORESS magazine founder Vicki Gray, writer and filmmaker Kate O’Conner Morris (21 Days Under the Sky), writer and actor, Sophia Vassiliadis, Gemini Award-nominee and Departures co-creator and host Scott Wilson, and Canada Moto Guide managing editor, Dustin Woods make up this year’s jury.
DATE: 3- 6 October, 2019
WHERE: Revue Cinema, Toronto
Festival tickets start at $16 for single screenings or $60 for an all-access pass and can be purchased online at torontomotofilmfest.com/tickets.
MORE ABOUT Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival
The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival combines a passion for motorcycles and storytelling and is the first and only Canadian film festival dedicated to screening the newest and best motorcycle and moto-culture films selected from around the world. The festival presents a mix of full feature and short films produced by large and independent filmmakers and includes red-carpet Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers, producers and cast, as well as juried awards. A panel of judges from the industry and motorcycle community will choose the winning films for Best Canadian Film, Best Short and Best Feature Film, while the audience will vote for their favourite film which will receive the People’s Choice award.
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