For the first time, the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) will present its annual Reveal Party, announcing Festival films and special events, in Dubuque, Iowa. The beautifully restored Julien Hotel will be the setting for the party from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21. The annual party, one of four reveals in three states, provides the first look at the schedule of 140 films that will be presented. It also includes announcements of BIFF critics’ choices as well as a sneak peak at some of the clips from the 140 films featured at the sixth annual event taking place in Beloit, February 17 – 20.
Admission to the Reveal Party is free and the Hotel Julien will provide appetizers and a cash bar. Attendees will be among the first to receive the BIFF program announcing the festival’s featured films as tickets go on sale online at www.beloitfilmfest.org. Caroline’s at the Hotel Julien will offer post-party dinner specials after the Reveal; reservations for dining that evening are recommended.
Dubuque is joining with Beloit to form “Sister Cities in Film” this year. In cooperation with the producers of Dubuque’s Get Reel Student Film Competition, Biff will initiate the new 50-hour Canned Film Festival in anticipation of the Julien Film Festival at Dubuque scheduled for 2012.
Dubuque organizers Chris Kulovitz and Michael Coty have been working for several months with the BIFF management to bring the programs together. “The reactions of the civic and business leaders in both communities has been overwhelming and a large contingent of Beloit representatives are expected to travel to Dubuque and spend the night on the 21st,” noted Kulovitz.
“These are two very creative cities and this cooperative venture is just what is needed to pull us together to do bigger things,”.