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Update: Inaugural Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival postponed

Update: Inaugural Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival postponed

The festival, the first of its kind in the UAE, will screen movies exclusively designed to appeal to the motorcycling community

Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival

The inaugural Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival which was scheduled to be held from February 25-27 at Warehouse Four in Al Quoz, has now been postponed.

In a statement issued on its website, the organisers said that the decision was made due to the current Covid-19 regulations. It did not announce revised dates for the festival, but said that it would do so soon.

The festival, the first of its kind in the UAE, will screen movies exclusively designed to appeal to the motorcycling community.

A number of films ranging from bike builds, to short character-driven films to full-length documentaries curated specially for the festival will be showcased. It includes Fast Eddie – a film that profiles the enthusiasm of 94-year World War II veteran Eddie Fisher who still rides every day; Rebel Riders that features Vespa fanatics in Indonesia; and Blenio, Utah that focuses on the land speed record attempt of a young man from Switzerland.

The title sponsors for the event, Al-Futtaim’s Trading Enterprises – Honda, will also use the event to showcase its iconic Gold Wing to the Dakar winning CRF 450 as well as the Fireblade, CBR600RR, Shadow, Fury and the Africa Twin.

It will also be hosting post-film Q&As, audience awards, as well as other activities across Dubai in the runup to the festival.

“The motorcycle culture is a mainstream society sub-culture that extends beyond merely a mode of transportation. Powering the first-ever Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival gives us the opportunity to engage and celebrate the motorcycle community in the UAE that has grown tremendously over recent years, and of which Honda has always been at the forefront,” said Rhett Maxwell, general manager of Honda UAE at Al-Futtaim’s Trading Enterprises.

The festival will also host motorcycle themed films produced by members from the biking and filmmaking community, who will compete for a chance to participate and win in one of the six available award categories.

Trading Enterprises Honda will present awards to participating films in the following categories: Best Dubai Film, Best Overall Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film (under 15 minutes), Best Short Film (over 15 minutes) and Viewers’ Choice Award.

All the awards will be chosen by DMFF judging panel which comprises of local and international motorcycle media and film industry professionals. The Viewers’ Choice Award meanwhile will be based on audience votes.

“We are excited to launch the UAE’s first ever Dubai Motorcycle Film Festival and get the chance to recognise the amazing culture that powers the UAE biking community. The past few years have seen the popularity of motorcycling skyrocket, resulting in a huge variety of motorcycle inspired video content created. We’re delighted to be able to showcase some of the best content from around the world at DMFF,” said Ian Carless, festival director, DMFF and partner at Warehouse Four.

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