You can’t move forward by standing still. That seems painfully obvious but not everybody “gets it” and not all organizations do, either. BIFF gets it.
Even though we’ve been offering this festival for twelve years now, BIFF isn’t the same festival it was twelve years ago or even two years ago. For one thing we’ve gotten more sophisticated, our standards are higher now and many of our offerings from those early days frankly wouldn’t make the cut today. We had to raise our standards, though, because you—our loyal audience—were demanding more. Filmmakers noticed and the number of submissions not only has grown but are of a far higher quality than before.
Other changes have included new features being offered from time to time. A few years ago we added BIFF Cares, where we focus on socially significant documentaries dealing with issues such as teen homelessness, health issues, end of life issues and more. We expanded BIFF beyond the confines of the 10-day festival with BIFF Year Round, Wednesday evening screenings in the spring and fall where we show favorites from the previous BIFF and previews of films being considered for the next BIFF.
At the end of BIFF 2017 we’ll see another major change as Executive Director Rod Beaudoin steps aside and Beloit native Max Maiken takes the helm. Max brings a new perspective and management style to BIFF and has been working closely with Rod to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Some things we don’t dare change. Our audience and filmmakers love our format with screenings in downtown storefront businesses. The business owners like love it too, of course.
Our motto doesn’t change, though. We’re still bring “the world to Beloit and Beloit to the world.”
BIFF Board President