Beloit International Film Festival – Setting for WPT Program “Director’s Cut”

Director’s Cut, Wisconsin Public Television’s popular focus on independent film, filmmakers, and creative thinking, will make its first remote sojourn to a film festival this year when it comes to the Beloit International Film Festival.

The program, which introduces narrative and documentary films made by indie directors and explores their Wisconsin connections, will record two programs in high definition on BIFF Sunday, Feb 20, at the Eclipse Center in Beloit. Working with a 200 member live audience for the first time will lend a new dynamic to the program seen on public television on Thursday evenings.

Date: Sunday Feb. 20th.
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: The Eclipse Center
Note: Tickets are FREE but space is limited.Reserve Your Seats

Host Charles Monroe-Kane spent almost a decade in Europe before starting his broadcasting career. He operated an internet café in Prague, ran a record label in Amsterdam, and managed a circus. At Wisconsin Public Radio he has had production responsibilities for the nationally distributed To the Best of Our Knowledge, Zorba Paster On Your Health and Calling All Pets. He has been a guest on This American Life and has done pieces and essays for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Charles Monroe Kane - host of WPT's Director's Cut

“Over the past three years Kane has opened up the world of independent filmmaking and film festivals to an appreciative audience throughout Wisconsin,”, “We are honored to know that on their first venture away from the Wisconsin Public Television studios, Director’s Cut would choose the Beloit International Film Festival and would feature BIFF filmmakers. “It is a great compliment to Beloit.”

The programs will be recorded at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. Attendees will need to be seated 30 minutes ahead of time. A limited number of tickets for the two “live to tape” programs will be available starting Jan. 21.

BIFF 2011, sponsored by The Hendricks Group of Beloit in association with Beloit College and with a grant from Visit Beloit, 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 .

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Silent Comedy Classic “The General” – Featuring Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra

Rated: G
Director: Buster Keaton
Length: 107 min
Comedy | Romance | War
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011
Location: Eclipse Center (Center Court)
Price: $20 Adults, $15 Students with ID, $10 Children 6-18

6:00 pm – Pre-event Reception/Silent Auction
7:30 pm – Film Starts Buy Tickets

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Since its inception, the most popular single element of The Beloit International Film Festival has been the Saturday evening M&I Bank and M&I Wealth Management Silent Film Showcase. Sold-out audiences have frequently included film festival executives from around the country on- hand to see how BIFF creates the program so they might duplicate it at their festivals. This annual celebration of early 20th century film is highlighted by a performance of an original or newly conceived musical score performed by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra with music director Robert Tomaro.

Beloit Janesville Symphony

This year, on BIFF Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Eclipse Center in Beloit, BIFF and the BJS will once again collaborate on a presentation of one of the classic comedies of the period. Featuring Buster Keaton, one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, this year’s showcase film will be The General, first released in 1927 and co-directed and co-written by Keaton. It is considered a masterpiece today, Keaton’s finest production and possibly the best “chase film” ever made.

The story is a classic civil war tale of a Confederate engineer pursuing his locomotive, The General, after it is stolen by Union soldiers. The film includes romance with the lovely Annabelle Lee, and fierce battles as the train chase first goes north and then south. The film concludes with the most dramatic and expensive train crash sequence filmed to that time.

“To join forces with this amazing film genius is a wonderful experience,” says Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Robert Tomaro. “The 35 member orchestra will be using a score by Carl Davis, a contemporary British composer and conductor. We have used Davis’ work before, most recently in the musical score for the silent film classic Wings, which we performed in 2009. Davis has developed a cottage industry creating scores for the old ‘silents,’ and his music is always challenging. His score for The General involves a lot of unusual musical effects and interesting instrumentation.”

“We have presented some of the greatest films of the silent era in recent years,”, “and we have noted that audiences love the comedies. This is one of the greatest ever put on film and the BJS score adds a rich new element.”

Buster Keaton - The General, 1927“It is so exciting every year to watch the generations come together and laugh—or cry—at films that are almost a century old. We have members of the audience who have a vague recollection of the silent era and Nickelodeon, with their short grainy films, and they are often seated next to kids for whom silent film is an odd and inspiring new concept. But the appreciation of the genius of Buster Keaton and his slapstick comedy and sight gags is universal.”

The Silent Film Showcase will be preceded by the annual Beloit Janesville Symphony silent auction.

A special treat to open the evening program will be a showing of a short documentary about the Symphony’s exciting composing Kids outreach program for area elementary school students. This past spring, area students worked with Grammy-nominated composer Greg Gerard and Maestro Tomaro to create a musical score for an animated film entitled “The Astronaut,” created by Beloit College students Phillip Barrett and Kenny Baumgartner. The “composing kids” will be introduced and honored as the BJS offers the first public performance of the five minute work.

Sponsored By:

M&I Bank - Beloit WIM&I Bank Wealth Management

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Angel Museum

656 Pleasant St
Beloit, WI 53511

With a seating capacity of 60, the Museum, located across the parking lot north of Nikki’s Café, is home to the world’s largest angel collection featuring the Berg Angel Collection and Oprah Winfrey’s collection of black angels. Along with the films, on Friday and Saturday evening the Museum will offer a social hour and Italian dinner (Reservations for the dinner may be made at 608-362-9099.)

Website: Angel Museum

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Jewish Noir – New Budapest Orpheum Society


Jewish NoirCabaret, Film, Song, and the Crisis of European Modernity

On the eve of the Sixth Beloit International Film Festival, the Beloit College Music Department presents an evening of 1930’s and 1940’s cabaret music and commentary.

New Budapest Orpheum Society

Led by:
Victor E. Ferrall, Artist-in-Residence
Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago Professor of Ethnomusicology

Date: Wednesday Feb. 16th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
Admission: FREE
More information: 608-363-2000 Beloit College


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Sixteen Forty-Nine 16:49

Rated: PG
Director: Ruben Burgos
Length: 38 min
Documentary | Drama

filmmaker on site Friday: 7:30 pm – Eclipse Center  Buy Tickets
filmmaker on site Sunday: 2:00pm – Pontiac Convention CenterBuy Tickets
2809 North Pontiac Drive Janesville, WI

Website: Sixteen Forty-Nine

Diane HendricksPanel Discussion will follow film presentation.
Led by
Diane Hendricks


The sixteen hours and forty-nine minutes between school ending one day, and starting the next, for some kids, are the longest hours of their entire lives..”  —Robin Stuht

Honest, candid interviews with three Beloit Memorial High School students, including heart-felt accounts of other unaccompanied youth in our area, reveal the struggle homeless students face at the high school level.  Insight from both educational and community leaders sheds light on how we may be a part of the solution.

It’s not political, it’s not religious—it’s simply, “How do we love these kids?”

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The Pontiac Convention Center – Janesville


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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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Kids @ BIFF – 5th Grade Workshops

Kids FirstThe Beloit International Film Festival, in partnership withKid’s First, is presenting film-critiquing workshops with area 5th grade students. Students  will join us at the Eclipse Center in Beloit to learn about reviewing films in an effort to develop more educated and discerning film viewers in our area youth. Our goal is to enhance the students’ enjoyment and understanding of film media and give them a skill they can continue to develop and enjoy the rest of their film viewing lives.

DATE: Thursday Feb 17th
TIMES: Two sessions, morning (9:00 – 10:15), afternoon (12:45 – 2:00).
LOCATION: The Eclipse Center
WHO: Beloit School District 5th Graders

NOTE: Students will be picked up by bus from their school and brought to the Eclipse Center.
INFORMATION: Melissa Badger, School District of Beloit – Community & School Relations  608-361-4100, mbadger(at)

Students are bussed to the Eclipse Center with the expenses generously covered by a grant from the Stateline Community Foundation. Once the students arrive, the various facilitators, trained by Kids First, begin by reviewing the major components of a film. Topics such as character development, sets music, costumes and much more are discussed to help prepare the students for their reviews. Also, the importance of why films are reviewed and how film makers use the information is covered.

kids-learning-about-filmWe then watch a selection of short films that provide a variety of styles and content so students can see how the different components are used to make a film. The films are most likely productions the students will not have seen before. After the viewing is completed, the students pick the film they want to review most and complete a worksheet review. After the reviews are completed, there will be discussion about the films and group participation activities to allow the students to interact and share their reviews with others.

Stateline Community FoundationWe thank Kids Fist for their partnership and support in helping us present these workshops, providing materials and putting the completed reviews into the hands of the film makers. We thank the Stateline Community Foundation for helping with the transportation needs and presentation of this program. Lastly, we thank all the teachers and parents that allow us some time with their precious film viewers.

They’ll be in good hands.

Thank you to the School District of Beloit Gifted and Talented Department! They are the ones who developed the curriculum for this field trip and are leading the discussions with the students.


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Somewhere Else in Life

Somewhere else in lifeRated: PG13
Director: Cayetana Polanco
Length: 21 min
Documentary |Short | Drama

filmmaker on siteFriday: 5:00pm – Domenico’s  Buy Tickets

filmmaker on siteSaturday: 12:00pm – Beloit Library  Buy Tickets

Panel Discussion led by Heidi Eldred following film

An exploration of Beloit’s teen pregnancy, through the eyes of community members. The final product is an overview of the issue locally and nationally.

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Beloit College Students Explore Islam

Rated: G
Director: Beloit College Students
Length: 90 min
Documentary | Drama

Thursday: 2:30pm – Hendricks Art Center 1  Buy Tickets
Saturday: 12:00pm – Hendricks Art Center 2  Buy Tickets

Website: Beloit College

Beloit College students’ examination of Islam and its impact on our lives.

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B.C. Help Yourself Program

Rated: PG
Director: Tom Owenby
Documentary | Short

filmmaker on site Friday: 12:00pm – Hendricks Art Center 1  Buy Tickets
filmmaker on site Sunday: 12:00pm – Beloit Library  Buy Tickets

The Ghosts of Beloit
The Best Ice Cream and Cookies in Beloit
The History of Edwards Ice Arena
A Day in the Life at BMHS

The Beloit College’s Help Yourself Program presents short films directed and scripted by its students exploring Beloit through their eyes.

Help Yourself, now in its 25th year at Beloit College, works to facilitate academic success, college access, and career education for 150 6th-12th grade students from the greater Beloit community. Help Yourself Programs aim to broaden horizons, stir imaginations, and alter student views of themselves and their futures. The state and college funded program continues through high school and offers high-achieving, qualifying students full Neese Scholarships to attend Beloit College.

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Short Slot-13 – Exposé of a Wisconsin Filmmaker

Thursday: 7:30 pmBagels & More  Buy Tickets
Saturday: 5:00pmThe Metropolitan  Buy Tickets

filmmaker on site


Andrew Napier

Date of Birth
15 October 1988, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA
Began filming Mary and Bill at the age of 17.

Also playing at BIFF by Andrew Napier Mary & Bill


Keeping the Spirit

Rated: PG13
Director: Andrew Napier     Producer:Margie Hykema
Length: 30 min
Documentary | Short | Drama

Students, teachers, archaeologists, and the Ho-Chunk Nation band together to save a 1000-year-old sacred Burial Mound that is at risk of being destroyed after it was discovered in the heart of a small Wisconsin town.



Rated: G
Director: Andrew Napier       Producer:Mark Register & Erin Lasquade
Length: 17 min
Short | Crime | Drama

Two young lovers on the run.


Spin Cycle

Rated: PG13
Director: Andrew Napier & Michael Anderson
Length: 15 min
Short | Comedy | Drama

A quirky vignette about two strangers in a Laundromat and the silent battle that ensues over the last remaining washing machine.


Double Gin

Rated: PG13
Director: Andrew Napier        Producer: Mark Register
Length: 8 min
Short | Action | Comedy

Two brothers working in organized crime fight over the same girl while torturing a man in the back of a restaurant.


Rated: G
Director: Andrew Napier        Producer: Mark Register
Length: 5 min
Short | Drama | Music

A bizarre silent film about love, loss, and whiskey, set to music by Of Montreal.

Marvin Milktoast

Rated: PG
Director: Andrew Napier         Producer: Andrew Napier & Andrew Staplin
Length: 4 min
Short | Drama | Music

Super villain Marvin Milktoast and his side kick Commander Coma strive to be evil by annoying their roommates.

Larry’s School Dance

Rated: PG13
Director: Andrew Napier      Producer: Andrew Napier & Mike Bentzen
Length: 2 min
Short | Drama | Music

Larry tries drugs at a school dance.

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Launch & Laurels 2011

Official Winner - BIFF

Location: Eclipse Center, 1701 Riverside Drive, Beloit
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

filmmaker on site Price: $10

Rub shoulders with filmmakers and aficionados from around the world at the BIFF Launch event. It’s the perfect way to kick off the festival. Help to congratulate our award winners as BIFF 2011 Filmmaker Award recipients will be announced.
Shuttle service is available.

Presented by:

Blackhawk Bank

Blackhawk Bank Best Events Catering

Best Events Catering - Proud Sponsor of BIFF 2011 Launch & Laurels

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Cinema Café – Feb. 19th, 2011

What do you do in Beloit on the Saturday morning of the Beloit International Film Festival? That has been a perennial question for visitors and local residents who are engaged in all the exciting events of the four day festival. Well, ask no more.

I know. It's a evening pic but you get the idea. :-) Photo Credit: Mark Preuschl

This year, BIFF in cooperation with a score of BIFF Hospitality Partners in downtown Beloit, will launch Cinema Café from 10 am to noon on Saturday, February 19. Wake up with a filmmaker downtown on Saturday morning and it may change your life…or at least the films you watch the rest of the weekend. And there will be some great bargains to boot.

Date: Saturday Feb. 19th
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Downtown Beloit – multiple locations

More than 25 Beloit downtown retailers, businesses and organizations will welcome customers to breakfast and a special opportunity to talk with BIFF independent filmmakers. More than 100 filmmakers will be in attendance at this year’s BIFF and they will be on hand BIFF Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to show clips of their films and discuss their work. Many will have copies of their films available for purchase. And this will be accompanied by breakfast treats and store specials provided by the businesses.

Kutter Harley Davidson - Janesville WI“Many businesses in the area have approached us after BIFF each year to discuss how they can be more involved and attract more of the thousands of visitors to their places of business,”, “Last fall, working with the Downtown Beloit Association, we invited business owners to come together with BIFF leadership to discuss a number of ideas we had for promotions throughout the year that would involve local merchants and organizations.

“Our primary focus was capturing the audience that is in place during the festival. Each year we heard that question about what to do on Saturday morning. We think this is a great opportunity and will build on established successful events like Art Walk in May and Holidazzle in December. This will offer another great reason to come downtown, and we know the businesses will take advantage of the opportunity.”

First National Bank and Trust Company - Beloit WICinema Café is sponsored by Kutter Harley-Davidson and the Hospitality Partners program is sponsored by the First National Bank. A large media campaign including major television advertising will encourage visitors and residents to visit Downtown Beloit that morning.

“This is a win-win situation for Beloit and a very exciting way to fill our great downtown shops in the middle of winter,” says David Siekierski of Bagels and More, a BIFF venue that is also a Hospitality Partner.

A complete list of participating businesses will be available before the event and will be published in the BIFF 2011 Program Book.

BIFF 2011, sponsored by The Hendricks Group of Beloit in association with Beloit College and with a grant from Visit Beloit, 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

[2013 Season] Rockford Hosts BIFF Reveal Party For First Time

Franciescos Ristorante - Rockford ILFor the first time, the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) is hosting a Reveal Party in Rockford on January 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Rd. The party provides the first look at the schedule of 140 films that will be presented, announcements of BIFF critics’ choices and a sneak peak of clips from films featured at the sixth annual BIFF on February 17 – 20, 2011.

Date: Tuesday Jan. 25th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Franchesco’s – 7128 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford IL

Admission to the reveal party is free and includes appetizers. Attendees will also be among the first to receive the BIFF program announcing the festival’s featured films. Franchesco’s is offering post-party dinner specials after the Reveal; reservations for dining that evening are recommended, and valet parking is available.

The Reveal Party is hosted by BIFF and Franchesco’s Ristorante and sponsored by Blackhawk Bank and the Rockford Register Star.

Blackhawk BankTo officially kick off the festival, the annual Launch & Laurels event is on February 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Eclipse Center, 1701 Riverside Dr., Beloit. Presented by Blackhawk Bank, this event is an opportunity for attendees to meet the filmmakers and aficionados from around the world who participate in BIFF. The BIFF 2011 Filmmaker Award recipients are also announced at the event.

“The buzz is all about Beloit,”. “Filmmakers around the world rave about the interest of local audiences and the warm welcome they receive in Beloit. This year, we are going to have some top films that could have gone anywhere in the country, but chose Beloit because the filmmakers appreciated the support they had during their first visit.”

Rockford Register Star - Rockford ILSince BIFF started six years ago, the quantity and quality of films has grown annually. Filmmakers from as far away as China and throughout Europe have participated annually in person, and BIFF has been called “the next big thing” in film festivals. The New York Times suggested it was one of the best alternatives to the famed Sundance Festival.

Headquartered in Beloit, Blackhawk Bank is a regular supporter of BIFF. Blackhawk employees are also major contributors to BIFF through their involvement as volunteers. Nancy Heidt of Blackhawk Investment Group and her husband Jim Heidt are again serving as chief coordinators of a volunteer force of 400 people for the 4-day festival.

Every year, BIFF welcomes thousands of visitors and almost 100 filmmakers. The festival utilizes a dozen venues throughout downtown Beloit, and for the first time in Janesville, to provide space for screenings, parties and receptions. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Blackhawk operates eight banking centers in Beloit, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford, Belvidere and Capron, IL. For more information about the bank, log onto

BIFF Reveal Party Part Deux – Janesville

The Metropolitan - Janesville WIThursday, January 20th, 2011
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Janesville’s Olde Towne Mall
20 South Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545

If you miss the Beloit Reveal Party, don’t despair… There will be a second opportunity to hear about the films selected to be in the Beloit International Film Festival 2011! Forward Janesville’s January Business After 5 at the Olde Towne Mall will also be Janesville’s official Reveal Party for BIFF! The excitement is heightened by the fact that BIFF will have a Janesville venue this year. The Metropolitan,12 S. Main Street int the heart of downtown Janesville, is BIFF’s first out-of-town venue. Join the celebration and discover which films will be shown in Beloit AND Janesville during the festival February 17-20, 2011.

• $5 Admission
• Hors d’ ouevres from Best Events Catering
• 2 drink tickets
• BIFF Ticket Giveaways
• Two prize drawings

The 2011 Janesville Reveal Party is sponsored by Forward Janesville and the Olde Towne Mall, Best Events Catering, and Local Vision TV. The BIFF Program book is made possible by a generous grant from the Stateline Community Foundation.

BIFF Reveal Party – Dubuque

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.

Julien Hotel - DubuqueAdmission 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 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.

Canned Film Competition - Beloit WIDubuque 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,”.

Greater Beloit Chamber – BIFF Reveal Party

The Greater Beloit Chamber Of CommerceBusiness After Hours:

Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Cafe Belwah, 500 Pleasant St.

Cafe Belwah - Beloit WI$5 for members, $10 for non-members. You don’t want to miss the reveal of this year’s program, which includes the detailed lineup of all the amazing films!

The Rock Bar and Grill Hosts BIFF after Dark – Saturday


Date: Saturday, Feb 19th, 2011
Location: The Rock Bar & Grill, Beloit
Time: 9pm – 2 am

The Rock is rolling out the red carpet for you! Stop here after BIFF for a chance to mingle with filmmakers and friends.
The kitchen stays open ’til 11pm for late night snacks. Try one of our BIFF Drinks!
The BIFF-tini or the 23oz. BIFF-erator

Presented by:

First National Bank and Trust Company - Beloit WI

Café Belwah Hosts “BIFF after Dark” – Friday

Cafe Belwah - Beloit WIDate: Friday, Feb 18th, 2011
Location: Café Belwah
Time: 10 pm – 2 am

This exciting event provides the perfect Downtown gathering for film maker and buff alike. Join us for live music and drink specials.

Presented by:

First National Bank and Trust Company - Beloit WI

Lumiere D’Ampoule


This film is included in Short Slot 12

Rated:  G
Director: Joe Kirschling       Producer: Joe Kirschling
Length: 10 min

Amazingly creative shorts using photos in video. Gina T’ai faculty Beloit College  makes dancing for the camera films and videos with her collaborator, Joe Kirschling.  L’umiere D’Ampoule is the recipient of the Best Student Work Award, Dancing for the Camera Film Festival at the American Dance Festival, 2007.


Cinema á la Carte

A savory selection of international culinary and cinematic celebrations,designed to satisfy the senses and sustain The Beloit International Film Festival Fund for Emerging Artists.  Select the ideal date, tantalizing meal, or provocative theme presented by one of the talented hosts and hostesses listed here. Call some friends to join you.  Celebrate and savor some of the great evenings of the 2011 Beloit International Film Festival season.

To make a reservation:

The Cinema à la Carte Concierge staff at the Beloit Inn will be pleased to take your reservation at


or stop by the front desk.


Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Calc 2011


Saturday, January 22nd, at 6:30 p.m.

Sensual Cuba…..for all your senses. Enjoy authentic Cuban Cuisine, Music and Dance (if you’re willing). Rick McGrath & Ana Kelly will be hosting in their vintage 1926 Spanish Revival home with hardwood floor and room enough to dance. 1747 Sherwood Dr. S.W. (at Emerson) Dress the part. Women in red, the men in black.

Watch before you arrive.


$60 per person -limit 10




Ratatouille Calc 2011


On Saturday, January 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Who else but our own Becky Rogers would offer such a wonderful evening of entertainment from Disney and her own kitchen?  Join Becky at 1408 Emerson Street in Beloit, WI for the great Chili Dump!  Be your own Chef with an endless buffet of ingerdients to mix up your very own special recipe of gourmet chile a la boo.

$40 per person – limited to 14 people



Already Screened:

Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock CALC 2011

Saturday, November 13th  at 4 p.m.

….Ok so it is not Napa Valley, but you’ll have too much fun as you join your Cinema à la Carte tour guides, Jim & Nancy Heidt and Tom & Teri Barns as a private bus will take you to various locations in Southern Wisconsin where you will be treated to wine tasting along the way.   Dinner will be included at one of our stops, and you will return to Benedetti’s for a fabulous Dessert (The bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m.  Please park in the lower parking lot at Benedetti’s 3232 S. Riverside Dr. Beloit, WI )

$50 per person – limited to 20 people


Road House

Road House the Movie

Saturday, December 4th   at 7:00 PM
Who else but Duane Drevdahl and Chet King could recreate the insanity of Road House?  Join us at 1315 Madison Road in Beloit for a night you will not soon forget.  Enjoy the live band behind the wire cage, hot and cold fun food all night along with soft drinks, beer and cocktails as you relive the wild romp that was … Road House!

$30 per person – limited to 50 people


A Charlie Brown Christmas

2011 Charlie Brown CALC

Wednesday, December 8th, 6:00 pm

Laurie Huml Eckert will take you AND your family to Christmas past while showing great family classics like Charlie Brown, Rudolph and Frosty. This will be a family event – perfect for your children or grandchildren.  Laurie requests that you please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to ECHO. Wonderful family fare will be served at 20 South Main Street, Suite 20 Janesville.

$50 per family – limited to 10 families


BIFF Reveal Parties are Set

The Beloit Inn/Cafe Belwah is once again the location for Beloit’s Reveal Party for the 2011 festival on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 5 PM.  Janesville’s Old Towne Mall is the location for the Thursday, January 20th, 2011 Reveal Party at 5 PM. 

The Reveal Parties are of course the events where we celebrate the Official Program Books for the upcoming festival.  It’s the first chance for you to read about the films at the 2011 festival and a chance to order your tickets.

Both the Beloit and Janesville events are Business After Hours Events.  BIFF, The Beloit Inn, Cafe Belwah and The Old Towne Mall are pleased to partner with the Chambers in both cities to present these traditional BIFF events.