New this year – The Canned Film Competition Beloit International Film Festival is proud to announce the exciting new Canned Film Competition as part of the 2011 BIFF schedule. Presented in cooperation with the producers of The Get Reel Student Film Competition in Dubuque, Iowa, this is a unique and highly rewarding new film challenge, the results of which will be screened on the opening night of BIFF following the annual Launch and Laurels Party at the Eclipse Center, Feb. 17.

Debut & Awards Presentation:

filmmakers on site Thursday, 7:30 pm, Eclipse Center (following the Launch & Laurels Party)

  • NOTE: The debut and awards presentation is in conjunction with the Launch & Laurels event and included in the Launch & Laurels ticket.   Buy Tickets (5:00 start)
  • If you only want to attend the competition debut and awards presentation and not L&L also you may do this.   Buy Tickets (7:30 start)

2nd Showing:

filmmaker on site Friday, Noon, LaCasa Grande.   Buy Tickets

3rd Showing:

filmmaker on site Saturday, 2:30, Bagels & More.   Buy Tickets

Participants will have two days and two hours to make movie magic. Teams of filmmakers from throughout the region will get their directions on Friday, January 28th and go to work. They will be given a genre and a mystery object to include in the film and will have 50 hours to produce a film—to “plan it, cram it and can it.” The completed films will be submitted on Sunday, January 30 and the judges will then make their decisions. The official entries and selected winners will be announced at the screening following the opening festivities. The selected films will then become part of the film fare of the BIFF event and will be shown again in Beloit.

There is a $50 entrance fee for each team. Details regarding the competition can be found at and at

The 50 hour Canned Film Competition is part of a “Sister Cities in Film” partnership engaging Dubuque and Beloit in movie making and viewing activities. BIFF 2011 is sponsored by The Hendricks Group of Beloit in association with Beloit College and with a grant from Visit Beloit. This marks the sixth year for the independent film festival. Approximately 140 films will be shown during the four day event, Feb 17-20. Information is available at

Competition Registration:

Friday January 28th, The Beloit Inn (500 Pleasant St. Beloit WI) 5:00 pm


Sunday January 30th

The Official Rules:

And other tidbits you may find helpful.

More Information:

Check out the Canned Film website. Contact Christophe Kulovitz or Michael Coty


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