Welcome to the fifteenth season of the Beloit International Film Festival.
Fifteen years. Wow, fifteen years.
A lot of forethought, planning and investment, assembling of talented community-minded organizers, business community sponsors and finally, the countless hours from volunteers all came together to launch into being this, the Beloit International Film Festival.
And even with all this there was no certainty what the long term viability might be for this bold idea. Could the Beloit community actually pull this off? It is very hard to get something like this launched, particularly the way BIFF does it without an anchoring downtown theater. It’s a different kind of hard though to keep it going, growing and fresh over time; to maintain enthusiasm for the project from organizers, sponsors and volunteers in particular. But with everyone’s help, well here we are. Fifteen years. Beloit, you can and should be proud of what you’ve helped build here.
If you’re visiting our community from out of town, welcome. We’re really glad you’re here. We’ve all worked hard to curate and present some of the very finest in independent filmmaking for your enjoyment.
What makes a film festival a special and unique experience though is the opportunity for you to have a shared experience with others around well crafted storytelling through film, frequently followed by the opportunity to speak with the filmmakers about what you and others in the audience just experienced. Where else but at a film festival can you do that?
So, join us in Beloit for our fifteenth Beloit International Film Festival and stick around after the screening for the best part, interacting with the filmmakers, your friends and neighbors about some great storytelling. We’re building community here in Beloit.
BIFF Board Chair