The Beloit International Film Festival
Welcome to the Ten Days of BIFF 2014:
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 ten 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 ninth year, BIFF is a ten-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 for about 120 films and to meet more than 100 filmmakers who come from as far away as Europe and Brazil.
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 BIFFY Awards Ceremony 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 ten 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
Alexandra Allen — Executive Intern
Katia Colin — Hospitality & Research
Brittney Gage — BIFF @ Janesville Coordinator
Chloe Prange Gagnon — Executive Intern
Lauren Herbert — Assistant to the Director, BIFF +MUSIC
Drew Howard — Operations Intern
Eunhye (Grace) Jang — Executive Intern
Mel LeBaron – Website and Social Media Copywriter
Kristy McClammer — Hospitality Director
Britt McKay — Office Czarina
Marilyn Medina — BIFF Latino Intern
Tyler Oldenburg — Social Media Coordinator
Kevin Patrick & Lost Children Productions — Operations Coordinator
Stephen and Cameron Pickering — Youth @ BIFF Instructors & Media Producers
Jacy Pieper — Executive Intern
Taylor Ramsey — Operations Associate
Alex Stevenson – Operations Intern
Travis Stowers — Selections Committee Member, Administrative Director
Daniel Sutherland — Social Media Intern
Kat Tow – Social Media Coordinator
Sabina Van Tilburg — Volunteer & Community Partners Intern
Mario Viramontes — Assistant to the Creative Director
Courtney Yates — Executive Intern
2012/2013 Board of Directors
Box Office Team:
Film Selection/Awards Committee:
Chloe Prange Gagnon
Jim & Nancy Heidt
The Beloit Daily News
Youth @ BIFF:
Eunhye (Grace) Jang
Stephen & Cameron Pickering
BIFF For the Deaf:
Merchandise / Concessions:
This short list contains the names of those involved in the festival planning prior to the printing of the program book. Our many thanks to the hundreds of people that made this festival happen.