Beloit International Film Festival raises disabilities awareness

Birth of an Artist | Right Footed

Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — “Life-changing” and “inspiring” are words that have been used to describe BIFF’s annual tribute to the human spirit, BIFF CARES. Encouraging change through the BIFF CARES series is BIFF’s way of recognizing the influence that film can have to move us.

This year BIFF will offer two films, shown together in the same slot, that illustrate the capacity of individuals, without the use of normal appendages, to achieve great things through perseverance.

Right Footed tells the story of Jessica Cox, born without arms as a result of a birth defect, who has overcome physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent, learning to type, drive a car and fly an airplane. The film follows Jessica as she develops as a leading advocate for people with disabilities.

Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day and doing what she does best – painting with her toes. The Ukranian teenager was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth but her brain cells were not damaged allowing her to communicate and develop the talent for painting.

The BIFF CARES films will be shown together three times during BIFF. Tickets are available now at

BIFF CARES is sponsored by Beloit Regional Hospice, the Rock County Christian School, and the Beloit Health System.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at