Franchescos Ristorante

Sneak Peek | Rockford 2012

Franchescos RistoranteFranchesco’s Ristorante will once again host the exciting peek into BIFF 2012 as well as being one of Rockford’s first film venues during the festival.

The Sneak Peek provides the flavor of what is to come, both in the films and in the fun.

With a sumptuous complimentary food spread and your chance to be the first to preview upcoming BIFF films, what more could you ask for? HOW ABOUT TWO COMPLIMENTARY BEER/WINE TICKETS COMPLIMENTS OF BLACKHAWK BANK?

Well… let us tell you ….

You can be among the first to receive the official 2012 BIFF Program Guide Book!

  • Date:  Wednesday Jan. 18th
  • Time:  5:30 pm
  • Location:  Franchesco’s Ristorante – 7128 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford, IL 61107
  • Price:  FREE

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Rockford Register Star Blackhawk Bank Franchescos Ristorante

It Is What It Is

Double Feature 1

Thursday: 10:00 pm – Wilson TheaterBuy Tickets
Friday: 10:00 pm – Sullivan TheaterBuy Tickets


  • BeatBoxing – The Fifth Element of Hip Hop
  • It Is What It Is

Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop

BeatBoxing – The Fifth Element of Hip Hop


Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  55 minutes
Director: Klaus Schneyder
Producer: Angela Viscido



Beatboxing has become a multi-lingual and diverse instrument applied in all genres of music.  The documentary shows how this modern style of music has spread and how it continues to enrich the entertainment world.

It is What it isIt Is What It Is


Genre: Musical, Comedy
Country: USA
Rating: PG
Runtime:  40 minutes
Director: VP Boyle
Producer: VP Boyle, Andrew Gerle

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A modern day contemporary movie musical with a completely original score, IT IS WHAT IT IS explores the lives of seven young New Yorkers during a twenty-four hour period of near misses, tattered relationships and crumbling dreams.

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Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Friday: 7:30 pm – Bushel & Peck’sBuy Tickets
Saturday: 10:00 pm – Sullivan TheaterBuy Tickets


Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Rating: MA
Runtime:  101 minutes
Director: Rob Heydon
Producer: Rob Heydon

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ECSTASY is a dark romantic comedy, based on the controversial book, “Ecstasy”, by Irvine Welsh. “Ecstasy”, was translated into 20 languages and was a number one bestseller in over 20 countries. Mr. Welsh’s first book, “Trainspotting”, published in 1993, (and voted by Waterstone, Europe’s largest bookstore chain, as one of the Ten Best Books of the Century), sold over 1 million copies in the UK alone, and has its own Cinematic Cinderella success story.


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Lost Bohemia

Lost Bohemia

Lost BohemiaFriday: 7:30 pm – Sullivan Theater Buy Tickets
Saturday: 7:30 pmDomenico’sBuy Tickets
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime: 79 minutes
Director: Josef Astor
Producer: Jody Shields, Johnathan Ferrantelli, Trevor King, Laura MacDonald

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Lutefisk Wars

Lutefisk Wars (The)

Lutefisk Wars



Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Rating: PG-13
Runtime:  86 minutes
Director: Christopher Panneck, David Hall
Producer: Christopher Panneck, David Hall, Christopher Plogger

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Troubles escalate in a small North Dakota town when a frozen food delivery man is mistaken for someone else and ends up embroiled in the middle of an old feud between two Norwegian mafia families and their lutefisk recipe.

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Fade In

Short Slot 8

Friday: 7:30 pm – Richardson Theater – Beloit CollegeBuy Tickets
(Note Location Change)
Saturday: 7:30 pm – Sullivan TheaterBuy Tickets


  • The Planting
  • Goldenbox
  • Remy
  • Int. Bedroom-day
  • Fade in
  • In Her Eyes

PlantingThe Planting



Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Rating: R
Runtime:  5 minutes
Director: Jason R. Goode
Producer: Dylan Jenkinson


After a wasted life of digging holes and filling them back in, Chris is faced with the task of digging his last hole.

Golden BoxGoldenbox



Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: USA
Rating: R
Runtime:  16 minutes
Director: Matt MacDonald
Producer: Matt MacDonald, Damian Horan, Camila Ohara Tanabe


Best friends Jeff and Tucker have grown up like most boys: playing video games and causing mischief. Now, late into their 20s, Jeff’s new job promotion is moving him out of the country and away from Tucker’s irresponsibility forever. With one last night together, they have to break into the UP-Ex shipping facility to steal back a package – a mysterious golden box – and hope their friendship can survive the adventure




Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Rating: R
Runtime:  11 minutes
Director: Roi Fernandez
Producer: Roi Fernandez


A wig-seller with a secret life. A tango singer with a dark obsession. Both are bond by the night and tango.

Int. Bedroom-DayInt. Bedroom-day



Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Rating: R
Runtime:  5 minutes
Director: Murray Stiller
Producer: Dean Emerick


A short film proving that in the bedroom performance is everything.


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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: PG-17
Runtime:  20 minutes
Director: Jeton Murtishi, Doug McDade
Producer: Jeton Murtishi


 An online chat room conversation with a child predator leads to a meeting with a loving family’s 14 year old daughter and an unexpected visitor.

Fade InFade in



Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Singapore
Rating: R
Runtime: 8 minutes
Director: Derrick Lui
Producer: Derrick Lui


A beautiful woman examines her features for signs of fading fortune and looks. She wonders about change and aging and feels somehow that it is who she is.

In Her EyesIn Her Eyes



Genre: Drama,Thriller
Country: Australia
Rating: R
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director: Robert Smellin, Chris  Smellin
Producer: Lori Young
Trinity Goodheart

Trinity Goodheart

Trinity GoodheartFriday: 5:00 pm – Rotary CenterBuy Tickets
Saturday: 7:30 pm – Franchesco’sBuy Tickets*
* (Dinner &  a Movie – Dinner @ 6:00)

Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Rating: G
Runtime:  91 minutes
Director: Joanne Hock
Producer: Rick Eldridge

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When 12 year old Trinity Goodheart is visited by an angel who leaves her a pendant that belonged to her long lost mother, Trinity concludes that her mother is in danger and needs her help.

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