Our BIFF 2018 Honorary Chair

Ryan Churchill

Ryan is an actor, writer, producer, and director. And he is a hometown boy. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School, earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stout then joined The Second City in Chicago to work as an actor and writer. His bio includes countless acting credits in television, film, and commercials, as well as writing, directing, and producing credits. Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in welcoming Ryan Churchill.

Ryan Churchill | BIFF 2018 Honorary Chair

Stopping Traffic

Directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree

The BIFF 2018
Power of Film Award

After that first BIFF event in 2006 we realized that we had unleashed something truly significant. As you well know, film can be a potent force. It can make people laugh, it can make people cry. It can touch them deep inside and make them look at the world in a whole new light.

As its name suggests, this award was created to spotlight that awesome power. It is given to a film that shares with the world a powerful, life-changing message. The winner this year absolutely fits this description.

Stopping Traffic - Poster
Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, Director | Stopping Traffic

All The Queen’s Horses

Directed by Kelly Richmond Pope

The BIFF 2018
Golden Laurels Award

The Golden Laurels Award goes to a film that in one way or another is in a league of its own. The award this year goes to a film that took us completely by surprise. Because of its local interest we knew it would be popular and we suspected we might have to schedule additional screenings but we were not prepared for just how popular it was going to be.

Additional screenings would sell out almost as soon as they were announced. Originally slated for two screenings, we added two more, then another, then another, and another after that. Words like smash hit, blockbuster, phenomenon just don’t seem adequate to describe it. Honestly, in the history of BIFF we have never seen anything like it.

AJ Carr - Ting-Li Lin,
Kelly Richmond Pope, Director | All The Queen's Horses

Tater Tot & Patton

Directed by Andrew Kightlinger

Best Narrative Feature

Bates Wilder, Principal Actor | Tater Tot & Patton
Tater Tot & Patton Movie Poster

The Blood Is At The Doorstep

Directed by Erik Ljung

Best Documentary Feature

The Blood is at the Doorstep Movie Poster

I Got You Babe

Directed by Ashton Avila

Best Narrative Short


Ashton Avila, Director | I Got You Babe
I Got You Babe Poster

Fear Us Women

Directed by David Darg

Best Documentary Short

Fear Us Women Movie Poster

Song of Sway Lake

Directed by Ari Gold

Executive Director’s Award

Eathan Gold, Composer | Song of Sway Lake


Song of Sway Lake Movie Poster

Virginia Minnesota

Directed by Daniel Stine

Director of Programming

Daniel Stine, Director; Rachel Hendrix, actress | Virginia Minnesota
Virginia Minnesota Movie Poster

Canine Soldiers

Directed by Nancy Schiesari

BIFF Year ‘Round
People’s Choice Award

For weeks throughout the year, our film audience gathers to pre-view and review selected BIFF-eligible films. Together they select a winner before BIFF even starts.

Canine Soldiers - Poster

No More Things

Directed by Tobias Bechtloff

Josh Burton Award

A very special friend of BIFF was Josh Burton, who we lost in 2007. As a professional actor, Josh had a successful career on Broadway but returned home to become a driving force in the Greater Beloit arts community. He entertained countless local audiences both as an actor and as a producer as he helped create a professional summer theater company in residence at Beloit College.

In that spirit, the Josh Burton Award acknowledges a film deserving of recognition for bringing something truly special to the stage, or in this case, the screen.

No More Things Movie Poster
No More Things | Tobias Bechtloff, Director

Wisconsin/Illinois Showdown


Directed by Michael McGuire

Best Wisconsin Feature

Ben Fritz, Producer | Aquarians
Aquarians Film Poster - Michael M. McGuire, Director

My Country

Directed by Giancarlo Iannotta

Best Illinois Feature


Giancario Lannotta, Director | My Country
My Country Movie Poster

Mount Liptak

Directed by Ryan Allsop

Best Wisconsin Short

Mount Liptak Poster

Off Book

Directed by Robert Bruce Carter

Best Illinois Short

Robert Bruce Carter, Director | Off Book
Off Book Poster

BIFFY Awards Night

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Beloit International Film Festival 2018 Award Winners!

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