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Submissions for our 2016 festival are closed.
Submissions for the 2017 festival will open some time in May 2016.

BIFF 2016 Ten Days!

Fri-Sun Feb 19 – 28, 2016

For your convenience BIFF accepts film submissions through either FilmFreeway or WithoutABox.

Both services are internet-only submission platforms featuring online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions.

Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools.

Film submissions are closed for 2016 festival.
Submissions will be opened for 2017 some time in May 2016.

Film FreewayWithoutabox

Filmmakers Hospitality Lounge

Beloit College ABBA Gallery
439 E. Grand Ave.
Downtown Beloit

Hours:

  • Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am – 12 pm

The hospitality lounge is reserved for filmmakers and press.

Film Selection

Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) films are drawn from a variety of sources including Withoutabox, film competitions, other film festivals, staff research, the film selection committee, and suggestions to committee members and to the website. BIFF makes every effort to broadly announce the festival and submission guidelines and deadlines through film and festival media. Non-competition films are chosen in order to offer variety and opportunities to see international, vintage, classic, and unusual films otherwise unavailable in the region. Wherever possible, industry ratings of films are publicized as a guideline for viewers.

Selection and presentation of films are not representative of viewpoints or endorsements by sponsors, organizers, advertisers, volunteers or the owners of the venues in which they are presented. BIFF does not shy away from controversy and makes every effort to present a balanced program offering a broad variety of viewpoints. BIFF sincerely appreciates the support of all of its sponsors and underwriters, which allows the festival to maintain an independent selection process.

This Website

Dear Filmmaker,

From the festival organizers to the board and the entire Beloit community, we’re all working hard to make The Beloit International Film Festival, BIFF your favorite film festival.

Here on this website this is expressed by being deliberate around sharing the love online. You’ll see this in multiple ways as your film is featured on your film’s web page and elsewhere.

We’ve dug to find the appropriate pages and content, feature it and link to it. If we’ve missed the spot please let us know. We invite you to send us your change requests. We make no guarantees however. 😉 We reserve the right to edit down and we work to maintain continuity across filmmakers and the site.

Finally, if you have suggestions on how we can make this website more beneficial for you and your audience please let us know. We’ll do our best to try and incorporate those ideas that we can.

Reach us here:
[email protected]

All other non-website BIFF inquiries:

Ana & Rick | BIFF webmastersThanks for your participation.  We look forward to meeting you!
Rick-n-Ana
(Rick McGrath & Ana Kelly)
BIFF webmasters – 7 yrs.
Resonate Web Marketing | BIF Webmasters

Filmmaker Comments

“BIFF is Boffo!”

I honestly can’t wait to come to BIFF again with a film. I always have a blast there, and the festival goers all always so into the films and have insightful comments and questions. It is honestly not like that at most festivals, and it is a testament to the hard work you put into it.”
Ryan Mains, “The Appointment” and “Me or the Porn”

My favorite memory of Beloit was getting the award from Steve McEveety for “Best Feature.”
~ Paul Hogseth Madison, WI, “Illegal Use of Joe Zopp

My favorite memory was getting a chance of coming to Beloit, a city of lovely people. Also, my best memory was winning a prize and also meeting different people that I never knew. Thanks!
~ Moses Kabyoza, Uganda, “Abanunule

I have been to quite a number of festivals and BIFF and the people of Beloit know how to run a damn good festival. It is the best that I have come across for many reasons. The main one is the respect that people have for themselves, the community and the visiting filmmakers. Thanks to everyone and a special thanks to the award that was presented to me.
~ Peter J. McCarthy, “Fight or Flight

Only half an hour after landing, I knew this was a great festival. Great people, great filmmakers! Keep up the good work. We’d love to be back.
~ Nick Risinger and Bao Tran, “The Bookie” Persistance of Vision Films

We had such a great time in Beloit. Everyone has been very welcoming. Thank you for all your support. It’s great to see a town rally to help independent films. We look forward to coming back next year.
~ Brian McMahon and Danny Ascencin, “The Waitlist

I have been in Beloit for 15 minutes and already I know I will never leave. You guys are the best!
Jon Voight

BIFF is BOFFO! I love the Ker-aszy selection of films, the wonderfully wacky staff and volunteers. And don’t get me started on those wild BAD parties! Stay spiffy BIFF!
~ Dave Hanagen, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films

Lovin’ the Donuts at Mr.B’s, the drinks at the BOP and the good company. Oh yeah, and the festival!
~ Devin Andars, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films

Everyone is totally insane.
~ Jack Bennett, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films Jack used the BIFF “Emerging Filmmakers Grant” to produce a movie that was accepted by Sundance Film Festival

It’s been my first time in Beloit, but most of all it has been my first time selected into a festival. So as far as first times go… I think I’ve had the best expierence on both counts! But what makes it all better, it is the first time I’ve made so many friends in so little time, and I’m forever grateful for that. And more than that, whatever comes next for me, I can say proudly that IT ALL BEGAN IN BELOIT! So for all that: MERCI!!!
~ Cedric Jouaric, “Sans Nicolas/ Missing Nicky

Beloit is about revisiting old friends! Your hospitality is second to none. It has been a joy to be here. Thank you 1000 times for everything! XO!
~ Stacy Harrisson, “Last Chance Romance”

Most well run and hospitable festival we’ve been to. Thanks!
~ Seth Hedrington, Chicago IL

I’ve been extremely impressed by the festival here in Beloit. Never at a festival have I been made to feel so welcome. I hope to return next year to view films and attend the BIFF events.
~ Dave Schlachtenhaufen

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