Our 13th Season
10 Days  –  Fri. Feb. 23 – Sun. March 4, 2018

Volunteer Signup Not Yet Begun.  Stay tuned. Once we’re set up we will announce volunteer signup via the BIFF Facebook page, email distribution, here on the website and press releases to local media.  Volunteer Page Here.
The lead up to BIFF 2018 is in full swing! BIFF Year ‘Round screenings every Wednesday night!     
BIFFicates NOW ON SALE!  And just in time for the holidays. Save 25% off regular ticket prices.   
Film Freeway

Film Submissions CLOSED for BIFF 2018

Film submissions for 2019 will open in March 2018

Narrative Features

BIFF provides a bridge between exceptional emerging cinematic storytellers and the Beloit community. This year’s Narrative Showcase continues our time-tested tradition.

Documentary Feature Films

BIFF is proud to showcase a slate of screenings that represent some of the very best of today’s independent documentary filmmakers and filmmaking.

Short Films

The short film structure presents some of the greatest challenges in filmmaking. We believe creating a truly inspiring short film is among the single highest forms of the craft.

The Beloit International Film Festival

Bringing The World To Beloit
Beloit To The World

Visit Beloit | BIFF 2016 Sponsor
First National Bank and Trust | BIFF 2016 Sponsor
BMO Harris Bank | BIFF Sponsor
Beloit Health System
WI / IL Showdown 2018

WI / IL Showdown

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The annual “Showdown” with its blend of Wisconsin and Illinois-grown indie fare, offers an opportunity for filmgoers to discover the Lucas or Scorcese of the future that’s lurking right here in our own back yard. Most of these features, docs and shorts come to us from Beloit and Janesville or the nearby cities of Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison and Rockford. But the showdown also attracts budding filmmakers from far away lands like Door County and Green Bay, WI, as well as Springfield and Champaign, IL.

The Cameraman Staring Buster Keaton

Silent Film

The Cameraman

Staring Buster Keaton

Saturday Mar. 3rd, 7:30 PM
BMHS Auditorium

This signature BIFF event features an ensemble of elite regional musicians performing the accompaniment to one or more selected silent film classics. Since its inception the Silent Film Showcase has been a perennial favorite and ‘hot ticket’. So be sure to buy your tickets early.

Frozen Sing-A-Long


Saturday Feb. 24th, 7:30 PM
Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater

Warm up your vocal cords and get ready to sing along with some of the film industry’s greatest hits! Each year BIFF features a movie musical that transcends the generations and leaves the audience humming melodies long after the film is over. No memorization required. Lyrics appear on the screen. And half of the fun is the BIFF audience, dressed and accessorized as favorite characters and competing on stage for prizes. Free pop and popcorn! And you can bet there will be dancing in the aisles!

The Sting - Paul Newman & Robert Redford

Classic Film

The Sting

Paul Newman & Robert Redford

Sunday March 4th, 2:30 PM
Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater

Each year BIFF presents a FREE seminal classic film for festival attendees. These are motion pictures that have, over time, exemplified the true power of film. They are recognized for their societal impact and/or significance in advancing the art form. If you’ve never taken an opportunity to see these timeless movies, you owe it to yourself to experience them. And maybe even share them with a loved one.

BIFF Reveal Party

Back by popular demand! The BIFF / Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Reveal Party. We will be revealing the print program book and making first-time announcements about the upcoming festival.

Be among the first to be in the know about this season’s event. What’s all this excitement about BIFF? Well, join us and find out.

BIFF Block Party

BIFF After Dark

Fri. Feb. 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm
Grand Ave. Pub
132 W. Grand Ave. Beloit

More information on this opening night event and other BIFF After Dark events to follow.

BIFF Cares 2018

An important dimension of the Beloit International Film Festival over the past six years is the annual grouping of films known as BIFF CARES. These are films that examine a broad range of critical health challenges to society at large and to our own community. The films offer new perspectives, and engage the audience in discussion. The BIFF CARES program is sponsored by Beloit Health System and includes panels of professionals, led by Beloit Health System staff to examine the issues and answer questions.

BIFF Awards Night

Awards Ceremony

Saturday Mar. 4th 5:15 PM
La Casa Grande
FREE Event

Honoring features, documentaries and short films and recognizing the Audience Choice selections for best films from Illinois and Wisconsin, 11 BIFFYs will be handed out at Saturday evening’s BIFFY Awards Ceremony at La Casa Grande Restaurant in Beloit. Many of the more than 123 filmmakers attending BIFF were on hand to receive the awards. The selection committee that viewed all 2500 submissions to BIFF this year.

WI / IL Showdown 2018

Wisconsin / Illinois Showdown 2018

The Beloit International Film Festival will present 35 films from Wisconsin and Illinois as part of the annual WI/IL Showdown at BIFF2018.

BIFF Volunteer Signup

It Takes A Village -- BIFF Volunteers

The front line in creating that great impression rests with the volunteers who make BIFF happen. BIFF2018 volunteer chairs Nancy and Jim Heidt, note that volunteers interact with guests at every level.

Ready for your closeup - Peer Canvas Photo

BIFF 2018 is Ready to Roll

Planning for the 13th Beloit International Film Festival is into its final phase. Beloit once again is preparing to welcome filmmakers from around the world and audiences from throughout the region and beyond. Eight screening venues will feature more than 100 films, Feb.23 to March 4.

Welcome to our Film Festival
Welcome to our Community

Allow the creative magic of film and the spirited passion of our city illuminate your winter.
Welcome to the Beloit International Film Festival.

Celestino Ruffini
Celestino RuffiniExecutive Director, Visit Beloit

This community and this festival exude warmth, even in the dead of winter.
People come for the films, but they come back for the spectacle, the food, and the good company they find.

Scott Bierman
Scott BiermanPresident | Beloit College

The City of Beloit is proud to host the Beloit International Film Festival!
Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Willkommen, Yōkoso, Welcome!

Lori Curtis Luther
Lori Curtis LutherCity Manager | City of Beloit

The Beloit International Film Festival is a place for dreamers.
Welcome to Beloit, Wisconsin –  where creativity is always in-style, the hospitality  genuine, and the power of film, undeniable.

Stephanie Klett
Stephanie KlettSecretary of the WI Dept. of Tourism

BIFF is a wonderful and engaging event that brings together people from Beloit and around the world.
Take in a wide range of films, live music, and more, and be sure to check out Beloit’s great selection of local restaurants, shops, and other attractions!

Mark Spreitzer
Mark SpreitzerWisconsin State Assembly 45th District

Welcome to the Beloit International Film Festival and welcome to Downtown Beloit!
We are glad to see you.
We hope you enjoy your movies and the many shops and eateries in Downtown Beloit.

Shauna El-Amin
Shauna El-AminExecutive Director | Downtown Beloit Association

We hope to welcome you to the 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival
Come and enjoy a unique festival that embraces film, inspires audiences and excites our community

Jonathan Webster
Jonathan WebsterGeronimo Hospitality Group | Vice President of Lodging

The Beloit International Film Festival welcomes guests from near and far, bringing our community together for two weeks of arts, food and engaging conversation.
We  will charm you from our small town with true community and culture.

Jackie Gennett
Jackie GennettOwner | Bushel & Pecks - BIFF Venue

The Beloit International Film Festival is an important part of Beloit’s revival. ‘Bringing the world to Beloit and Beloit to the world’ is not just a slogan—it’s what we do.
As we enter our second decade, it’s the reputation we will build on. You need to be a part of it so please join us.

Marty Densch
Marty DenschBIFF Board President

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