[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 www.beloitfilmfest.com.

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

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.

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.  http://bit.ly/BIFF-Cuba


$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