2014 BIG NEWS
In early 2014, there was an event that shook the bike community in Brett Cotter’s home town of Taupo, New Zealand- a newly installed Giant 3 metre Bike Statue had been viciously vandalised.
From this, an idea, an ambition, and a crusade to help have Taupo’s Giant Bike repaired and back up again unfolded.
The genesis of THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT was born.
A collection of generous film makers, film production companies and sponsors were approached and they whole heartedly supported this creative idea, along with them came a willing and caring local bike community.
2015 BIG HELP
February 2015 saw the inaugural screening of THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT, in the exciting Rotorua Bike Festival programme. Several months later Starlight Cinema was chosen as the venue for Taupo; it didn’t disappoint with a SELL OUT crowd on hand to support this great cause. The stylish Tivoli Cinema in Cambridge was selected for the final 2015 airing and once again patronage and enthusiasm was high.
Organising THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT was a way of putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising and from the successful screenings $2300 was raised towards the Giant bike’s restoration.
Sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with our audience succeeded, and fans of the event eagerly enquired about when it was returning.
2016 BIG TIME
Growing the event was always the ambition for 2016 and taking the collection around the country. We introduced a Panel of Judges for selecting the film collections representing both the cycling and the film communities. The 2016 Panel met, critiqued and assessed the merits of the films being submitted and an eclectic collection with some bold and beautiful inspiring short bike films were selected.
During 2016 we visited new places, made new bike friends and for several hours bike fans were in their happy place.
2017 BIG FUTURE
It’s been a heck of a ride and we plan to go much further! This moveable feast- a travelling bike-themed short-film festival is going full tilt in 2017.
Brett has a strong desire to make the event bigger and better and has introduced several new initiatives to the event.
The initiative that Brett is most proud about is his desire to have a partner for THE BIG BIKE FILM NIGHT. Introducing the Cycle Chic Film Tour with short cycling movies to inspire, encourage and celebrate women who love to bike was the biggest challenge he has faced from curating various collections’ over the last three years. Seeing first hand the response from the audiences’ made it all worth while, and even more satisfiing is seeing bloke pedal punters attending these films and enjoying them.
Another challenge that 2017 has presented is taking the collections ‘across the ditch’ to a select few cities in Australia. We’re starting small focusing on three bike friendly locations with the intention of returning in 2018 on a larger scale tour.
Having top quality films shown in top quality cinema environments is paramount to the vision of Brett and the two film collections.
Striving to have more fun, more screenings, bigger audiences and creating great events is what it is about, all this- dedicated to the humble bike.