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

Sponsored by:

Rockford Register Star Blackhawk Bank Franchescos Ristorante

Sneak Peek | Beloit

The Beloit InnGreater Beloit Chamber
Business After Hours

The January Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours is the official Sneak Peek for the Beloit International Film Festival!

Complementary Hors d’ oeuvres from Café Belwah add value to an evening, where the home of one of middle America’s great film festivals give you the very first look at the wonderful films screening at BIFF 2012.

Pick up your program book, view some hot movie trailers and get ready to order your tickets online!

  • Date:  Tuesday January 17th, 2012
  • Time:  5:30pm
  • Location:  Beloit Inn 500 Pleasant St., Beloit, WI 53511
  • Price:  $5.oo at the door.

Sponsored by:

The Beloit Inn The Beloit Daily News Stateline Community Foundation

San Juan Project

BIFF B.A.D. Latino

Date: Saturday, Feb 18, 2011
Place: La Casa Grande
Time: 10:00 pm

San Juan Project


“The San Juan Project”
from Guadalajara, Mexico

Originated in 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico, The San Juan Project consists of 4 members- Isreal Ulloa, Arturo Lamadrid, Arturo De La Torre, and Mayer Rod. With each member bringing there own unique style, San Juan Project’s musical concept has been winning over the local scene of Guadalajara since there start, and through there explosive live shows they have been captivating audiences throughout the country.

With there roots based in jazz, they layer there sound with electronic, hip hop, soul and funk influences, creating a lively mix for almost any audience. And with there talent for freestyle improvisation, your almost always guaranteed to see a surprisingly unique live show, which connects the band with the audience in an unmistakable way.

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Sponsored By:

Southern Wisconsin Interpreting and Translation Services Comedy Event

In association with Beloit College

You too could be having this much fun

Cracked.comAmerica’s only humor site since 1958 is coming to Beloit! The Comedians from are bringing a feature film called “Kill Me Now” and a short film called “Drama Queen” to BIFF!

After their screenings on Friday the comedic troupe will perform an hour of sketch comedy that is sure to leave you laughing.

Friday, Feb. 17th 2012

(followed by filmmaker Q&A and live comedy skit)

Saturday, Feb. 18th 2012 

(no comedy routine following film screenings)

Kill Me Now | film by Travis LongKill Me Now
Even Serial Killers Have A Bad Day

Before heading off to college, Noah and Dennis attend an end-of-summer bash in a cabin in the middle of the woods. This turns out to be a prime target for a serial killer who preys on the teens in brutal fashion.

Drama QueenThe Drama Queen
Breaking up is hard to do… expecially when your girlfriend is the ultimate drama queen.

A man attempts to break up with his girlfriend, whose flair for the overly dramatic starts to have strange and sweeping repercussions in our world. He seems nonplussed by this turn of events, though chagrined. From there, things play out pretty much as you’d expect, except for the bit at the end about the pot farm. A Those Aren’t Muskets! sketch!

Sponsored by:
Beloit College

La Teta Asustada

La Teta Asustada | Milk of Sorrow

La Teta Asustada

Saturday: 2:30 pm – La Casa Grande Buy Tickets


Genre: Drama
Country: Peru, Spain
Language: Spanish, Quechua
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: PG
Director: Claudia Llosa


Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. While living in constant fear and confusion due to this disease, she must face the sudden death of her mother. She chooses to take drastic measures to not follow in her mother’s footsteps

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Postales / Postcards

Friday: 7:30pm – Bagels & More Buy Tickets
Saturday: 5:00pm – La Casa Grande 

Genre: Drama
Country: Peru, US
Language: Spanish, Quechua, English
Rating:  PG-17
Runtime: 80 minutes
Producers: Claire Connelly, Dan Fischer,P.J. Fishwick,Maxi Holland


In the ancient cobblestone streets of Cuzco, Peru, 12-year-old Pablo sells postcards to tourists in the main plaza while his brother Jano, supports the family through petty street crime. Pablo questions his world when he encounters Mary, who unbeknownst to him is the daughter of an American businessman planning to develop a hotel on the land where his family lives.

When told they will be forced to leave the only home they”ve known, Jano swears vengeance and convinces his younger brother to help him rob the American father.! In the fathers” wallet Pablo discovers a photo of Mary.! Troubled by his actions, Pablo searches the city for Mary to ease his guilt and return the stolen wallet.!

After finding Mary, Pablo convinces her to sneak away with him to explore the Inca ruins.! Mary”s distraught parents return to the hotel after losing her, only to discover Elizabeth in bed with Jano.! Mary”s father quickly recognizes Jano as the thug who robbed him.! After a scuffle, Mary appears in the hotel room with her father”s returned wallet.! As the American family leaves Cuzco and the Peruvian family leaves their home, both are forever changed.


No eres tu soy yo

No eres tú, soy yo

No eres tu soy yoSaturday: 7:30 pm – La Casa GrandeBuy Tickets


Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 120 minutes
Director: Alejandro Springall
Producer:  Matthias Ehrenberg, Paula Jaramillo

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Javier (Eugenio Derbez) sólo desea una cosa en la vida: estar con su amada María (Alejandra Barros), pero poco después de su boda, el destino cambia sus planes. No Eres Tú, Soy Yo es la singular historia de un hombre que busca reencontrarse con el amor, aún cuando éste se niega a aparecer.

Una divertida trama en la que Javier lo mismo acude a terapias místicas, que compra un perro con la esperanza de atraer las miradas de las mujeres. En medio de todo esto, aparece Julia (Martina García), una joven libre de espíritu que no le pone condiciones al protagonista para ser su amiga y cómplice. Si tan sólo Javier pudiera olvidarse de María.

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Biff Latino Kids

  • Time:  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Price:  FREE
  • Ages: Children of all ages welcome and their parents
  • Location:  La Casa Grande (618 4th Street, Beloit WI)

Films programmed with KIDS FIRST! Followed by piñata, games, snacks and even a clown.



Country: Mexico
Language: English
Runtime: 26 minutes
Director: Kara Baca Sachs


Really a story about a family whose Mom has passed away. The boy tries to regain his father’s love and attention by mimicking the jobs his mother did when she was alive. Touching. Well done story that shows a wonderful segment of Hispanic community and the Lady of Guadalupe.


El Salon MexicoEl Salón Mexico

Language: English
Runtime: 23 minutes
Director: Paul Glickman
Producer: Tamarind King


A fantasy, set in Mexico in the 1800’s and woven into the musical composition by Aaron Copland. It is the story of a very young campesino who, along with his burro and rooster, sneaks out of the house one night to see a fiesta for the very first time.


The Little Engine that CouldThe Little Engine That Could
(La Pequeña Locomotora Que Si Pudo)


Country: USA

Language: Spanish
Runtime: 83 minutes
Director: Elliot M. Bour


This re-telling of the classic tale features a train engine that refuses to give up, teaching children that they can accomplish anything they put their mind to.
Una pequeña locomotora llamada Tillie convive en una concurrida estación de ferrocarril con todo tipo de máquinas de tren. Durante toda su vida ha soñado con arrastrar vagones a través de la montaña, pero todos le decían que era demasiado pequeña para conseguirlo.

Una Caja de BotonesUna Caja de Botones
(A Box of Buttons)

Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Runtime: 21 minutes
Rating: G
Director: María Reyes Arias
Producer:  Juan Vicente Cordoba


Andres cannot possibly afford the presents his daughter wants for Christmas. That makes him tell his daughter the truth about the tradition of the Tree Wise Men, (the Spanish version of Santa Claus). This revelation launches them on a voyage of emotional discovery.

Andrés, ante la imposibilidad económica de conseguir lo que su hija Irene ha pedido en Navidad a los Reyes Magos, se encuentra inexorablemente empujado a contarle la realidad sobre esa tradición. Este hecho significará un viaje emocional para ambos.

Sombras Nada MasSombras Nada Mas
Nothing but Shadows

Country: Costa Rica
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Runtime: 23 minutes
Rating: G
Director: Max Valverde


Boris is a shy shadow puppeteer eternally in love with love. One day his shadow decides to secede and conspire against his creator. Thus, the Shadow – aided by Boris’ annoying imaginary rabbit- will make the shadow maker confront his impossible love, Clara, using a witty but unorthodox method…

Boris, un particular titiritero de sombras, no tiene el coraje para decidirse por Clara, la mujer que ama. Y él no es el único enamorado: su sombra también lo está, de la sombra de Clara, claro está. Cuando la sombra de Boris se percata de que Clara – harta de la timidez de Boris – por fin lo manda a la porra, se revela con su originador.

Su pseudo independencia será utilizada, no para ir tras la sombra de Clara, a quien ama pero no puede seguir sin Boris, sino para confrontar a Boris con sus miedos más profundos, usando un método, digamos, algo sombrío.



Student Film Showcase | BIFF 2012

Student Film Showcase | BIFF

Posted – Dec 13, 2012

The Beloit International Film Festival is proud to announce the exciting new Student Filmmaker Showcase as part of the 2012 BIFF schedule. Presented in partnership with the Beloit Public Library, this is a unique and highly rewarding new film challenge for young adults, the results of which will be screened on the Saturday of BIFF at the Beloit Public Library, Feb. 18th.

Student Submitted Films

“Prep Day”: Sat Jan. 21st. (11:00-3:00pm, Beloit Public Library)
Awards Presentation: Thur Feb. 16th (Launch & Laurels Party, Eclipse Ctr)
Screening Date: Sat Feb. 18th, Beloit Public Library

BIFF Premieres Snowmen in Rockford

  • Saturday, November 26th
  • 2:00 & 6:00 Showings
  • Sullivan Theater (118 North Main Street)
  • Tickets: $8.00 (adults), $5.00 (students)