The challenges of the past year have just made BIFF stronger, and the ten-day BIFF2022 festival is out to prove it when the curtain goes up on Feb. 25. This year’s in-person BIFF will feature 100+ new independent films in some new venues, with some exciting guest artists, along with old favorites like the WI/IL Showdown, the Classic Film Showcase, and the Sing-Along.
“We have had excellent film submissions from film centers internationally from which to choose this year’s offerings, and we have had a dedicated group of volunteer screeners to help curate and vet them,” says BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard. “Some of the films have also been chosen by vote of the Film Society of Beloit at Wednesday night previews.”
BIFF2022 screenings will be presented at seven screening venues, all within walking distance. For the first time, Festival films will be screened at the beautiful new Weissberg Auditorium at the Beloit College Powerhouse (850 Pleasant Street), at the new Visit Beloit headquarters (656 Pleasant St.) and at the Downtown Beloit Association screening venue (557 E. Grand Ave.).
The ten-day Festival will begin with FestEve, Feb. 24, at Irontek. The evening will include entertainment, some previews and a rocking good time as attendees at last FestEve party will attest.
The complete Beloit Daily News printed program will be revealed on Feb. 8 at the annual Reveal Party, presented in cooperation with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce at The Hampton Inn in Beloit. For those who cannot wait for the printed version, the complete schedule will be posted on the Beloitfilmfest.org website in mid-January. Tickets will go on sale at that time, as well.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 17th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is generously sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Film Society of Beloit.