Well, first it’s headed to the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show.
Working in cooperation with Paddle and Trail, the largest adventure sports outlet in the region. BIFF will be joining “Paddlefest” at the Chicago Boat Show – the biggest boating event in the Midwest at McCormick Place Jan. 9 – 13th.
BIFF will be part of the Paddle and Trail exhibit area where they will create a special film viewing room and provide an opportunity to see some of the films coming up at BIFF 2013. There will also be special drawings for ticket giveaways and accommodations.
Beloit area hotels and restaurants are working with BIFF to create special offers to encourage visits to Beloit. Visit Beloit promotional materials will be available to visitors.
During the Chicago Boat Show, BIFF, now in its eighth year, will announce a new element of the 2014 film festival featuring action films created with the GoPro sports camera. The versatile sports camera is used by skiers, surfers, sky divers and canoeists and others to catch breathtaking views of their adventures from a very personal viewpoint.
“This is an astounding cooperative program and just the kind we love to develop with BIFF,” says BIFF Executive director Roddie Beaudoin. “Walter Loos, owner of Paddle and Trail, and his colleague Therese Oldenburg presented the idea to us and we jumped on it.
“The boat show has an audience of about 30,000 people in the Chicagoland area who love to travel and are looking for adventure. They also escape in droves to the natural beauty of Wisconsin every weekend. They sound like the right people for BIFF…and when we presented the ideas to the hotel managers, they agreed.”
The booth and film promotion will be handled by BIFF interns, BIFF staff and volunteers.
For more information, please go to the new BIFF website at www.beloitfilmfest.org.
The 2013 Beloit International Film Festival, Feb. 14-17, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. It is supported and underwritten by many local businesses, organizations and individuals.