BIFF 2017: Twelve Years and Counting

Now in its 12th 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

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.

Max Maiken

Max Maiken

Development Director
Greg Gerard

Greg Gerard

Programming Director
Adam Fogarty

Adam Fogarty

Programming Director
Brittany Bailey

Brittany Bailey

Operations Director
Sabrina Krejci

Sabrina Krejci

Marketing & Social Media
Frank (Tiahua) Chen

Frank (Tiahua) Chen

Hospitality & Intern

2015/2016 Board of Directors

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BIFFY (link)

Marty Densch

Marty Densch

President
Adena Dutter

Adena Dutter

Brenda Gould<br />& Honey

Brenda Gould
& Honey

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

John Kalkirtz

John Kalkirtz

Ana Kelly

Ana Kelly

Vice President
Jeff Livingston

Jeff Livingston

Jennifer Livingston

Jennifer Livingston

Secretary
Rick McGrath

Rick McGrath

Gary Meier

Gary Meier

Treasurer
Ron Nief

Ron Nief

Susan Picking

Susan Picking

Brian Ramsey

Brian Ramsey

Celestino Ruffini

Celestino Ruffini

Jonathan Webster

Jonathan Webster

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