A FREE BIFF program open to the public


BIFF Filmmaker Workshop

With the advent of digital technologies, this truly is the era of DIY filmmaking. If you write the script, why not make the movie? For those interested in creating short films or micro-budget features this panel will cover keys to financing, pre-production through post, marketing, navigating the festival circuit, and more.

The workshop is intended for all ages and will appeal to novices and experienced filmmakers alike. Reservations are not required but seating is on a first-come basis. This workshop is free and open to the public.

BIFF 2019 Workshop

Sat. Feb. 23rd. 10am – Noon @ Hendricks CareerTek

Presented by:

James Choi

James Choi | Filmmaker Workshop, BIFF 2019James Choi is a prolific, award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of film industry experience in Los Angeles having worked in representation (Innovative Artists and The Firm), production (Sarkissian Productions, Rush Hour) and digital media (Ifilm.com/MTV Networks).

As an independent producer, James has produced two feature films from first time directors that have premiered at SXSW — “Made in China” which won the Grand Jury Prize and distributed by IFC Films and “Saint Frances” which will make it’s world premiere at SXSW in 2019.

James was selected as one of Newcity’s Film 50 Leaders of Chicago’s film culture of 2018. Having been in the forefront of the micro independent film movement in the last decade, James has produced and directed numerous films that have screened widely all around the world, winning awards and receiving distribution.

Mr. Choi is based out of Chicago and  teaches film at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.


Banana Season Movie Poster | James Choi, Director

BIFF 2019 Film Submission

Empty Space Film Poster

BIFF 2018 Film Submission

Workshop Location

Hendricks CareerTek

Hendricks CareerTek

635 3rd Street, Suite 200
Ironworks Campus, Downtown Beloit

Entrance on the “Spine Road” off of 3rd. Street
Entrance next to the Golf Lab. You’ll see the BIFF flags

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BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival