The Beloit International Film Festival
Welcome to BIFF 2013:
Once again, the Hendricks Group is proud to be the official sponsor of the Beloit International Film Festival. We welcome old friends and first-time visitors, filmmakers and fans of all ages, to four days celebrating the Power of Film.
From the outreach educational programs of BIFF, which brings thousands of students together to create films and develop critical viewing skills, to the Silent Film Showcase, and more than 120 films and artists from 30 countries, we have watched BIFF grow in its international reputation. With the addition of BIFF PLUS Music, and programs like BIFF Latino, BIFF for the Deaf, and the classic film closing party, BIFF has truly moved up another notch and I am honored to be a sponsor.
Enjoy the films and savor all that Beloit has to offer.
Chairman – ABC Supply Co. Inc.
Now in its eighth year, BIFF is a four-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world. Local residents and visitors from around the nation fill more than a dozen venues, ranging in size from 40 seats to the 700 seat Eclipse Center in Beloit and Janesville, Wis. and Rockford, Ill. for about 140 films and to meet more than 100 filmmakers who come from as far away as Europe and China.
Filmmakers in all genres—features, documentaries, shorts—enjoy the Beloit setting as much as the attendees do because it promises them crowds of interested viewers filling their venues, questioning them at the films and on the street.
What you’ll find
From its start, BIFF has been committed to honoring filmmakers; from the Launch and Laurels opening party to well stocked hospitality accommodations and more recently BIFF + MUSIC events. Here at BIFF filmmakers are respected and honored by an admiring community throughout the four days.
BIFF was inspired by Diane and the late Ken Hendricks who approached several community cultural leaders with the suggestion of a festival as they became involved in film production. Diane Hendricks remains an active supporter and advisor to the Festival leadership.
BIFF has received broad national attention and has been called the “next big thing” by Moviemaker Magazine and has been listed as one of a half dozen alternatives to “Sundance” by the New York Times.
Stateline Festivals, Inc.
Organized exclusively for charitable purposes under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to create and stage affordable social, educational, and entertaining events. The Beloit International Film Festival, our major project, offers entertainment and education opportunities.
More than that, it offers relief to the underprivileged and unrepresented in our community using films as a vehicle for cultural awareness and the opportunity to become more informed of events, politics, and general social conditions of countries outside of the United States.
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The BIFF Team:
Staff, Consultants & Interns
Cheryl Trotter — Bookkeeper/Photographer
Marilyn Medina — Education Programming Intern
Stephen and Cameron Pickering –
Kristy McClammer — Hospitality Intern
Angeline Peterson — Social Media Intern
Drew Howard — Operations Intern
Yarden Sagron –
Stephen Heinz — Volunteer Coordinator Intern
Eunhye (Grace) Jang — Films & Film Archive Intern
Todd Bickle –
Alexandra Allen –
John & Jody Wittnebel — Video Production
2012/2013 Board of Directors
BIFF @ Janesville:
BIFF @ Rockford:
Box Office Team:
Film Selection/Awards Committee:
Youth @ BIFF:
Merchandise / Concessions:
The Beloit Daily News
Our many thanks to the hundreds of people that made this festival happen.