BIFF 2016: Eleven Years and Counting

Now in its 11th 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 across the nation fill venues, ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats for more than 100 films, and to meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and as far away as Europe, Asia and Latin America.

BIFF celebrates filmmakers in all genres—features, documentaries, shorts— who enjoy the Beloit setting as much as the attendees do. BIFF promises crowds of interested viewers filling venues, questioning them at the films, and stopping them on the street.

Diane Hendricks

Diane Hendricks

What is it that keeps bringing audiences and filmmakers back to BIFF

Since its start, BIFF has been committed to honoring filmmakers. That artistic respect is carried on by the audiences that come to BIFF each year. From educations programs in partnership with the Beloit School system, that reach out to elementary school aged “audiences of the future” to Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU) courses, is association with Beloit College, for intellectually active seniors, BIFF has encouraged appreciative and knowledgeable filmgoers.

In addition to full venues, BIFF celebrates the filmmakers with a variety of amenities ranging from their own hospitality lounge, special evening parties, tickets to films and events, and the annual BIFFY Awards night.

Diane and the late Ken Hendricks inspired the creation of BIFF and encouraged community support of the program. Their active participation in the planning process and in helping to develop professional ties with the film industry has been invaluable. Diane continues the Hendricks Group’s support and involvement.

BIFF has received broad national attention and has been called the “next big thing” by Moviemaker Magazine and has been identified as one of a half dozen alternatives to “Sundance” by The New York Times.

BIFF is a unique celebration of this great American art form, designed for the film lover and the film maker

What You Will Find

Since its start, BIFF has been committed to honoring filmmakers; from the BIFFY Awards Ceremony to well-stocked hospitality accommodations and more. 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 themselves 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.

Beloit International Film Festival Inc.

Ken & Diane Hendricks

BIFF is organized exclusively for charitable purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, to create and stage affordable social, educational, and entertaining events. In addition, BIFF was created to harness the power of film to improve our community and ourselves.

The BIFF Team

Rod Beaudoin | Executive DirectorRod Beaudoin

Executive Director

A co-founder of BIFF, Rod is a veteran with over twenty years’ experience in entertainment, music and film festival promotion and management.

He began his career with a family heavy and highway construction firm based in Wisconsin where he rose to CEO before selling the company in the late 80’s before forming Gerard Entertainment.

Working directly with industry giants like Clive Davis and Ronnie Vance, Rod formed an artist development and publishing company he signed Midwest artists to multiple recording and songwriter contracts with Arista Records, RCA Records, Geffen Music and EMI Music.

He also formed a festival production division overseeing large and small events around the country and in 2005 Rod and several associates collaborated with industrialists Ken and Diane Hendricks to form the Beloit (Wis.) International Film Festival, now in its 11 season.

Adam Fogarty

Adam Fogarty

Programming Director
Max Maiken

Max Maiken

Development Director
Allyse Corbin

Allyse Corbin

Communications Manager
Brittany Bailey

Brittany Bailey

Operations Director

Prescreeners

Matt Cipolla

Matt Cipolla

Phi Do

Phi Do

Chloe Emerson

Chloe Emerson

Paul Kramer

Paul Kramer

Celina La Glaca

Celina La Glaca

Kosa Seak

Kosa Seak

Brian Sebastian

Brian Sebastian

Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

Stepnanie Chu
Paige Dahlke
Celina La Flaca
Lizzie Lindberg
Marissa Mindiola
Matthew Mittelsteadt
Ariana Refsdal
Katie Sponseller
Victoria Stock

2015/2016 Board of Directors

Biffy

Biffy

Terri Burdick

Terri Burdick

Marty Densch

Marty Densch

President
Max Dodson

Max Dodson

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

John Kalkirtz

John Kalkirtz

Jennifer Livingston

Jennifer Livingston

Secretary
Rick McGrath

Rick McGrath

Karen McKee

Karen McKee

Therese Mueller McLain

Therese Mueller McLain

Gary Meier

Gary Meier

Treasurer
Ron Nief

Ron Nief

Brian Ramsey

Brian Ramsey

Jonathan Webster

Jonathan Webster

BIFF Coordinators

BIFF Classroom:
Adam Fogarty
Sheri Drolshagen

BIFF Year ‘Round/Outdoors:
Adam Fogarty
Marty Densch
John Kalkirtz
Gary Meier

Box Office Team:
Ana Kelly
Rick McGrath
Gary Meier
Paulette Christiansen
Elizabeth Kelly
Thomas Kelly
Sam Johnson
Max Maiken
Allyse Corbin

Event Coordinators:
Adam Fogarty
Taylor Ramsey
Theresa Wendhausen
Brian Ramsey
Becky Rogers

Film Selection/Awards Committee:
Adam Fogarty
Rod Beaudoin
Brian Sebastian
Max Maiken
Allyse Corbin
Marty Densch
Brian Ramsey

Film Society of Beloit:
Max Maiken
Marty Densch

Fund Raising/Sponsors:
Max Maiken
Rod Beaudoin
Becky Rogers
Ron Nief

Marketing Team:
Rod Beaudoin
Ana Kelly
Rick McGrath
Ron Nief
Mary Terry
Sabrina Krejci
Allyse Corbin
Max Maiken
Adam Fogarty

Merchandise / Concessions:
Max Maiken
Allyse Corbin

Hospitality:
Allyse Corbin
Jonathan Webster
Don Reedy
Marcy Reedy
Jennifer Livingston
Sabrina Krejci

Program Book:
Mary Terry
The Beloit Daily News
Jennifer Livingston
Allyse Corbin
Rod Beaudoin

Volunteer Coordinators:
Karen McKee
Terri Burdick

Website:
Rick McGrath
Ana Kelly
Sabrina Krejci

And Year After Year…
Over 300 Community Volunteers Come Together
To Make Something Special Happen

Last and certainly not least, BIFF is successful largely because of the broad community support. Over 300 volunteers each year come together to help present BIFF to the broader community and visitors to our community. We have many many individuals, couples and families who have volunteered every year since BIFF’s inception.

There are too many to name but we know who you are and we thank you for your help. BIFF would not exist if not for our volunteers.
Thank you!

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BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival