BIFF Outdoors

Drive 815


Rockton’s Cinemas from the Car

Tickets: Includes FREE popcorn!

  • $19 per car (advance purchase online)
  • $25 per car (purchased at the gate)

Time:

  • Gates Open at 6:30 pm.
  • Shows begin around 8:30 pm or dusk.

Food and concessions on site





Sponsored by:

Evendtor


Tom & Jerry



Friday, June 11th
Rockton Athletic Fields
12801 Old River Rd
Rockton IL



The Croods 2 – A New Age



Saturday, June 12th
Rockton Athletic Fields
12801 Old River Rd
Rockton IL



BIFF Outdoors 2019

WONDERFUL FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!



Films begin 30 min. after sunset
Check back. More screenings to be added.


Sponsored by:

First National Bank and Trust

Bernie The Dolphin

Presented by:
Beloit Parks & Leisure Services



Wednesday, July 3rd.
Riverside Park
1200 S. Riverside Dr.
Beloit, WI


Start: ~ 30 min. after sundown
Rain Date: N/A


Mary Poppins Returns

Presented by:
The Rock Bar & Grill



Friday, July 26th.
The Rock Bar & Grill
101 Maple Ave.
Beloit, WI


Start: ~ 30 min. after sundown
Rain Date: N/A


A Dog’s Way Home

Presented by:
First National Bank & Trust



Wednesday, August 7th.
Settler’s Park
E. Hawick St.
Rockton IL


Start: ~ 30 min. after sundown
Rain Date: N/A


Christopher Robin

Presented by:
Nature at the Confluence



Friday, Aug. 9th
Nature at the Confluence
306 Dickop St.
South Beloit, IL


Start: ~ 30 min. after sundown
Rain Date: N/A


Captain Marvel

Presented by:
Krueger Haskell Golf Course



Friday, September 20th.
Krueger Haskell Golf Course
1611 Hackett Street
Beloit, WI


Start: ~ 30 min. after sundown
Rain Date: N/A


BIFF Outdoors brings great family films back in new settings that will be fun for every generation…and they are right in your own backyard.



Beloit is so rich with entertainment opportunities, especially in the summer, and BIFF Outdoors is a great additions to that summer schedule.

“First National Bank is proud to be able to add this element to the summer entertainment schedule in the Beloit area in partnership with the Beloit International Film Festival. This easily transportable screen and its related technology will provide quality family programs and can entertain hundreds of individuals spread out on blankets and augment the already rich and fun cultural life of Beloit.”
~ Steve Eldred, First National Bank and Trust



BIFF Outdoors in your community?

Interested in knowing more about having a BIFF Outdoors screening in your community?

Greg Gerard | Beloit International Film FestivalGreg Gerard
Executive Director
The Beloit International Film Festival
608-302-7554
greg(at)beloitfilmfest.org

Summer of 2018

Moana

Presented by:
Beloit Parks & Leisure Services



Tuesday, July 3rd.
Riverside Park
1200 S. Riverside Dr.
Beloit, WI


Start: ~ 9:10 pm
Rain Date: Thursday, July 5th


Up

Presented by:
Glitz & Go



Saturday, Aug. 4th
Glitz & Go
3311 Prairie Avenue
Beloit, WI


Start: ~ 8:45 pm
Rain Date: Sunday, Aug. 5th


Summer of 2017

LA LA Land



Saturday, June 17th.
The Rock Bar and Grill
101 Maple Ave, Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End: 9:06pm/11:14pm
Rain Date: Saturday, June 24th

Mamma Mia



Sing-a-long Version
Friday, June 30th.
Riverside Park
1240 Riverside Dr., Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End: 9:00pm/10:48pm
Rain Date: Friday, July 7th.

Sing



Monday, July 3rd
Riverside Park
1240 Riverside Dr. Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End: 9:06pm/10:54pm
Rain Date: Sunday, July 9th.

Rogue One



BIFF Summer Blockbuster
Saturday, July 15th.
Irontek
635 Third St. Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End Time: TBD

Rain Date: N/A

Secret Life of Pets



Friday, July, 28th
Glitz & Go
3311 Prairie Ave. Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End: 8:50pm/10:17pm
Rain Date: Saturday, July 29th.

Zootopia



Wednesday, Aug. 9th
Old Settlers Park
E. Harwick & S. Blackhawk Blvd
Rockton


Start/End: 8:35pm/10:02pm
Rain Date: Wednesday, August 16th.

Monster Trucks



Saturday, Aug. 12th
Mckearn Park
2701-2759 Park Ave.
Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End Time: 8:40pm/10:24pm

Rain Date: Sunday, Aug. 13th.

Lego Batman Movie



Saturday, Aug. 26th.
Krueger Park
1611 Hackett St. Beloit, WI 53511


Start/End: 8:12pm/9:56pm
Rain Date: Sunday, Aug. 27th.

Norm of the North



Saturday, Sept.16th
Old Settlers Park
E. Harwick & S. Blackhawk Blvd
Rockton


Start/End: 7:32pm/9:03pm
Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 17th.

BIFF 2017 Film & Event Schedule

BIFF 2017 Festival Schedule

Films & Events


Narrative Features


Documentary Features


Short Films



Special Events

Friday Feb 24th

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

5:00

Thank You
For Your Service

5:00-6:45




Jonah
5:00-6:45




Seed: The Untold Story
5:00-6:45




WI / IL Two slot
5:00-6:45




Radio Show:
Maltese Falcon

Starts 5pm


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Screenagers
7:30-8:45



Ami
&
The Bear And The Owl
7:30-8:45




First Of Our Friends
To Get Married

7:30-9:15



Sing
&
Tables Of Istanbul
7:30-9:00




What I Did
In Fifth Grade

7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 

Saturday Feb. 25th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Kid's Sat Morning
Short Slot

12:00 - 1:15




Day 1
12:00 - 1:45




Dead Van Drivin'
&
OUTATIME
12:00 - 1:30




Wade Davis Films
12:00 - 1:45


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Ami
&
The Bear And The Owl
2:30-3:45



Gorilla
&
Saving Banksy
2:30-4:15




Walls
2:30-4:15




Seperated
&
The Ataxian
2:30-4:15




The Monster Within
2:30-4:30


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

The Heart of Nuba
5:00-6:45




A Brilliant Genocide
5:00-6:45



Tied to the System
&

19, Tony Robinson Shooting
5:00-6:30




WI / IL One
Short Slot

5:00-6:45




Mildred
5:00-6:30


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00

Sing Along:
A Hard Day's Night

7:00-8:30


 
 

Hear the Silence
7:30-9:15




American Street Kid
7:30-9:30




End of Fall
7:30-9:15




Journey to Aleppo
&
The Land Beneath Our Feet
7:30-9:15




Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 
10:00

Sunday Feb. 26th

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

12:00

Beyond The Wall
12:00-1:30




Carpe Kilimanjaro
12:00 - 1:30




All The Wrong Friends
12:00-1:30




WI/IL Two
Short Slot
12:00-1:45


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

a Beautiful Day
&
Not My Life
2:30-4:00





Longing For A Kiss
2:30-4:00




Kewaunee
&
From Mass To Mountain
2:30-3:30




End Of Fall
2:30-4:00




Tied to the System
&

19, Tony Robinson Shooting
2:30-4:00


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

The Last Kill
5:00-6:30




Tim Timmerman
5:00-6:45




High Signs
&
Stone Story
5:00-6:30




WI/IL One
Short Slot
5:00-6:30




Church of Felons
5:00-6:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 

Monday Feb. 27th


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Games of Checkers
5:00-6:45




Dead Slow Ahead
5:00-6:45


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Money
7:30-9:00




BIFF Selects
Short Slot

7:30-9:00


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00

Tuesday Feb. 28th


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Reel Reality
Short Slot

5:00-6:30




I am Gangster
5:00-7:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

The Hollywood Shorties
7:30-9:15




The Bear & The Owl
7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00

Wednesday Mar. 1st


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

You See Me
5:00-6:30




Social Justice Warrior
Short Slot

5:00-6:30


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

A Brilliant Genocide
7:30-9:00




September Morning
7:30-9:00


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Thursday Mar. 2nd


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Church of Fellons
5:00-6:30




Extended Stay
Short Slot

5:00-6:30


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Last Days Of Summer
7:30-9:15




The Open Door
7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Friday Mar. 3rd

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Cradle
Short Slot

5:00-6:30


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Reel Reality
Short Slot

2:30-4:00




Josephine
2:30-4:00




Dead Slow Ahead
2:30-3:45




The First of Our Friends
to Get Married

2:30-4:15




Lotte
2:30-4:00


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

Jonah
5:00-6:45




Money
5:00-6:45




Screenagers
5:00-6:15




Monster Within
2:30-4:00




Seperated
&
The Ataxian
5:00-6:45


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Saving Banksy
5:00-6:45



Ami
&
The Bear And The Owl
7:30-8:30




American Street Kid
7:30-9:15




Demimonde
7:30-9:00




Thank You
For Your Service

7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 
10:00

Saturday Mar. 4th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Beloit Memorial HS

12:00

Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

12:00-1:45




Kid's Sat Morning
Short Slot

12:00 - 1:15




What I Did
in Fifth Grade

12:00-1:30




Extended Stay Short Slot
12:00-1:30


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Josephine
2:30-4:00




Jim Brown's
Amer-I-Can Dream

2:30-4:30



a Beautiful Day
&
Not My Life
2:30-4:00



Sing
&
Tables Of Istanbul
2:30-4:00



Kewaunee
&
From Mass To Mountain
2:30-4:00


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

The Hollywood Shorties
5:00-6:45




Tim Timmerman
5:00-7:00




The Heart of Nuba
5:00-6:45




Social Justice Warrior
Short Slot
5:00-6:45


 

BIFF Awards Ceremony
5:15-6:30


 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00

SILENT FILM SHOWCASE
The Freshman


7:00-9:00


 
 

Last Days Of Summer
7:30-9:15




The Bear & The Owl
7:30-9:15



Gorilla
&
Saving Banksy
7:30-9:15




Demimonde
7:30-9:15




American Street Kid
7:30-9:15


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 

Sunday Mar. 5th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Seed: The Untold Story
12:00 - 1:45




BIFF Selects
Short Slot

12:00 -1:15




Walls
12:00 - 1:30




Longing For A Kiss
12:00-1:30


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Game Of Checkers
2:30-4:15




September Morning
2:30-4:15




Carpe Kilimanjaro
2:30-4:15




Cradle
Short Slot

2:30-4:00




You See Me
2:30-4:45




Classic Film
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

2:30-4:30

 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

The Open Door
5:00-6:45




I Am Gangster
5:00-6:45




Hear the Silence
5:00-6:30




High Signs
&
Stone Story
5:00-6:45




The Bear and the Owl
5:00-6:30


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

BIFF Year ‘Round | 2016-17

BIFF Year Round


Join us each week for complimentary Coffee & Dessert with your movie!

Sponsored by:


Blackhawk Bank

An Uncommon Opportunity


BIFF pre-screens some of the very best award winning films submitted for the film festival.

You can review and vote for inclusion in our upcoming film festival. We will also screen some of the most popular films from prior BIFF festivals along with some of the cinema classics.



Talk with the Filmmakers


Immediately following each BYR screening the filmmakers join us via live screencast for conversation.

You will have the uncommon opportunity to discuss the film with the filmmakers themselves. So join us for this exceptional opportunity to enjoy some of the very best in independent film being produced and meet the filmmakers themselves.



Tickets

On-site only. No online tickets. Cash/check only

BIFF Outdoors 2016

Film Freeway

Submit Your Film for BIFF 2017


Withoutabox

BIFF Outdoors


Wonderful FREE community events for the entire family!
Films begin at sunset

Sponsored by:


BIFF Outdoors brings great family films back in new settings that will be fun for every generation…and they are right in your own backyard.



Beloit is so rich with entertainment opportunities, especially in the summer, and BIFF Outdoors is a great additions to that summer schedule.

“First National Bank is proud to be able to add this element to the summer entertainment schedule in the Beloit area in partnership with the Beloit International Film Festival. This easily transportable screen and its related technology will provide quality family programs and can entertain hundreds of individuals spread out on blankets and augment the already rich and fun cultural life of Beloit.”
~ Steve Eldred, First National Bank and Trust



BIFF Outdoors in your community?

Interested in knowing more about having a BIFF Outdoors screening in your community?

Greg GerardGreg Gerard
Events Manager
The Beloit International Film Festival
608-302-7554
greg(at)beloitfilmfest.org

Finding Nemo



Friday, June 24th.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
2940 Mineral Point Ave. Janesville


Start/End: 9:07pm/10:47pm
Rain Date: Move indoors, same date/time.

Kung Fu Panda 3



Saturday, July 2nd.
Horace White Park
825 E. Grand Ave., Beloit


Start/End: 9:06pm/10:43pm
Rain Date: July 3rd.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



Saturday, July 16th
Merrill Community Center
1428 Wisconsin Ave. Beloit


Start/End: 9:01pm/10:42pm
Rain Date: July 17th.

Zootopia



Saturday, July 30th.
New Zion Baptist Church
1905 Mound Ave. Beloit


Start/End: 8:46pm/10:34pm
Rain Date: July 31st.

Penguins of Madagascar



Wednesday, Aug. 17th
Old Settlers Park
E. Harwick & S. Blackhawk Blvd
Rockton


Start/End: 8:35pm/10:07pm
Rain Date: Wednesday, Aug. 17th.

Minions



Saturday, Aug. 27th
Old Settlers Park
E. Harwick & S. Blackhawk Blvd
Rockton


Start/End: 8:09pm/9:40pm
Rain Date: Sunday, Aug. 28th.

The Beloit International Film Festival

Bringing The World To Beloit
&
Beloit To The World

First National Bank and Trust | BIFF 2016 Sponsor
Visit Beloit | BIFF 2016 Sponsor

Help Keep BIFF Going & Growing

Film Society Membership
&
BIFF Sponsorship

Join The Conversation?

#BeloitFilmFest

Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

BIFF CARES Presents


Double Feature
Right Footed & Birth of an Artist

Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Wed Feb 24, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Fri Feb 26, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s


Sponsored by:

Beloit Health System | BIFF CARES SponsorBeloit Regional Hospice | BIFF CARES SponsorRock County Christian | BIFF CARES Sponsor

About BIFF CARES



This outreach and educational concept was developed by the Beloit International Film Festival several years ago to promote and present films dealing with significant issues touching us as a community and as individuals.

“Life-changing” and “inspiring” are words that have been used to describe BIFF’s annual tribute to the human spirit. Encouraging change through the BIFF CARES series is BIFF’s way of recognizing the influence that film can have to move us.

Films, engaged filmmakers and local experts have dealt with topics ranging from teen homelessness and child abuse to end of life issues. One of the festival’s most successful programs, BIFF CARES films are presented multiple times in different venues, reaching thousands in the process.



This year BIFF will offer two films, shown together in the same slot, that illustrate the capacity of individuals, without the use of normal appendages, to achieve great things through perseverance.


(Background image: Birth of an Artist, Dasha)

Right Footed

Directed by Nick Spark
USA | 1 hr. 20 min. | 2015



Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and amazingly — fly an airplane with her feet.

Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for people with disability.



Right Footed Movie

Right Footed Movie - Nick-spark

Nick Spark
Director, Producer

Producer/Director Nick Spark is a Los Angeles based writer and documentary filmmaker with a long standing passion for unconventional characters, including the oft-overlooked female heroine.


The Birth of an Artist

Directed by Natasha Babenko
Ukraine | 16 min. | 2015



The Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day: waking up, taking bath, dressing up, eating, playing with her little brother and finally doing what she does the best – painting with her toes. Dasha, native of Sumy, Ukraine, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Fortunately, her brain cells were not damaged which gave her an opportunity to communicate with her family, learn about the world and develop the talent for painting.

Dasha’s day is full of pain and physical struggle but she manages to focus on her artistic work and fully emerge herself into the world full of love and hope despite very hard living conditions.

Narrated by her loving, supporting mother Dasha’s story reveals amazing but also sad moments of the young artist’s life. The opening of Dasha’s 6Th personal exhibition marks the culmination of the tremendous efforts and love for artistic creation the emerging artist has put into her inspirational and thought provoking work.



The Birth of an Artist Poster

The Birth of an Artist - Natasha BabenkoNatasha Babenko
Director, Producer

Writer, director, producer Natasha Babenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. “The Birth of an Artist” is her first documentary film. The story about disabled Ukrainian girl who manages to live a life of a prolific artist is an exploration of human potential and determination.

Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

The Maltese Falcon


No tickets required for this FREE screening.

Sunday Feb. 28, 2016 — 2:30 PM
Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater
2799 Cranston Rd. Beloit

Sponsored by:

First National Bank and Trust | Beloit, Janesville, Monroe

The First National Bank Classic Film



The Beloit International film Festival is primarily focused on the creative work of new and emerging independent filmmakers, but there is one brief moment at the end of BIFF where a great classic film is honored with a big screen presentation. This year’s First National Bank Classic Film is one of the greatest works in the film noir genre, The Maltese Falcon. The 1941 film, directed by John Houston, stars some of the greatest names ever to flash across the silver screen.


The Maltese Falcon


Synopsis


In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.



The Film’s Significance


Roger Ebert Reviews
(1) The movie defined Humphrey Bogart’s performances for the rest of his life; his hard-boiled Sam Spade rescued him from a decade of middling roles in B gangster movies and positioned him for “Casablanca,” “Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” “The African Queen” and his other classics.

(2) It was the first film directed by John Huston, who for more than 40 years would be a prolific maker of movies that were muscular, stylish and daring.

(3) It contained the first screen appearance of Sydney Greenstreet, who went on, in “Casablanca” and many other films, to become one of the most striking character actors in movie history.

(4) It was the first pairing of Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, and so well did they work together that they made nine other movies, including “Casablanca” in 1942 and “The Mask of Dimitrios” (1944), in which they were not supporting actors but actually the stars.

(5) And some film histories consider “The Maltese Falcon” the first film noir. It put down the foundations for that native American genre of mean streets, knife-edged heroes, dark shadows and tough dames.

Continue reading RogerEbert.com film review

Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

BIFF 2016 Film & Event Schedule

BIFF 2016 Festival Schedule

Films & Events


Narrative Features


Documentary Features


Short Films



Special Events

Where To Find The Print Festival Schedule?


BELOIT:

  • All BIFF Venues
    • Box Office
    • Bagels & More
    • Bushel & Peck’s
    • Domenicos
    • Hendricks Center for the Arts
    • La Casa Grande
    • Schubert’s Luxury 10 Cinema
  • ABC Supply Offices
  • Beloit City Hall
  • Beloit Daily News Offices
  • Beloit Library
  • Beloit Memorial Hospital
  • Garden Hotel
  • Grinell Hall
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn
  • Ironworks Hotel
  • Kerry Offices
  • Lucy’s #7
  • Regal Beloit Offices
  • Road Dawg
  • Tobacco Shack
  • Visit Beloit
  • Zen Sushi

More locations will be added including Janesville, Rockford and more.

Friday Feb 19th

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

5:00

Clarence
5:00-6:45




Jessica
5:00-6:45




Ty's List
5:00-6:45




In the Game
5:00-7:00




Open Tables
5:00-7:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Brooklyn Farmer

A Farmer's Road
7:30-9:30





Waffle
Street

7:30-9:30




Cheeseheads:
7:30-9:45




Since:
of Pam Am

7:30-9:30




Glory Daze
7:30-10:00


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 

Saturday Feb. 20th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Kid's Sat Morn
Short Slot

12:00 - 2:00




Extended Stay
Short Slot

12:00 - 2:00




Old School
Short Slot

12:00 - 2:00




Open Tables
12:00 - 1:30


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

WI/IL One
Short Slot

2:30-4:30




Love & Taxes
2:30-4:15




Fools
2:30-4:15




Pass the Canvas
&
Ragged Edge

2:30-4:15




Ron Taylor:
&
March of the White Elephants

2:30-4:30


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

Don't Worry Baby
5:00-6:45




Funny Bunny
5:00-6:45




Song of Seashore
&
Magda

5:00-7:00




Los Angeles 1991
&
Field Niggas

5:00-6:30




Well Wishes
5:00-6:30


5:00-7:00
HAIRSPRAY
Sing-A-long

Theater 3


 
 
 

5:00-6:30
The Dating
Project

Theater 4

6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Pony
&
One Smart Fellow

7:30-9:15





Birth of an Artist
&
Right Footed

7:30-9:45




Among the Believers
7:30-9:00




Gazelle:
7:30-9:30




Hell's Heart
7:30-9:30




Man Down
7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 
10:00

Sunday Feb. 21st

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

2:30

Live, Laugh, Love
2:30-4:30




Cheeseheads:
2:30-4:45




The C Word
2:30-4:30




WI/IL Two
Short Slot

2:30-4:30




Song of the Sea
2:30-4:30


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

Don't Worry Baby
5:00-6:45




Two 4 One
5:00-6:45




The Collector
&
Cold Nights Hot Salsa

5:00-6:45




BIFF Selects
5:00-7:00





WI/IL Two
Short Slot

5:00-7:00




The Man Who
Saved the World

5:00-7:15


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00

Monday Feb. 22nd


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Lady Ganga
&
East LA Interchange

5:00-6:45




January 1st
5:00-6:45


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Hollywood
Film Festival
Selects
Short Slot

7:30-9:00




Extended Stay
Short Slot

7:30-9:00


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00

Tuesday Feb. 23rd


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

In Utero
5:00-7:00




Birds of Neptune
5:00-7:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Ron Taylor:
&
March of the White Elephants

7:30-9:00




The Truth About Lies
7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Wednesday Feb. 24th


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Birth of an Artist
&
Right Footed

5:00-7:00




BIFF Selects
Short Slot

5:00-7:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Forward. Side. Close!
7:30-9:30




Surviving Me
7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Thursday Feb. 25th


 

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

5:00

Where Do We Go From Here
5:00-6:45




Old School
Short Slot

5:00-7:00


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Kittens in a Cage
7:30-9:30




The Hermit
&
Ty's List

7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Friday Feb. 26th

 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

5:00

Open Tables
5:00-6:30




Love & Taxes
5:00-6:45




Birth of an Artist
&
Right Footed

5:00-7:00




Lady Ganga
&
East LA Interchange

5:00-6:45




Well Wishes
5:00-6:45


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Since:
7:30-9:30




The Truth About Lies
7:30-9:30




Golden Shot
&
We're Still Here

7:30-9:15




Pony
&
One Smart Fellow

7:30-9:15




Among The Believers
7:30-9:15




Waffle Street
7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 

Saturday Feb. 27th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Hollywood
Film Festival
Selects
Shot Slot

12:00 - 1:15




Song of Seashore
&
Magda

12:00-2:00




Pass the Canvas
&
Ragged Edge

12:00-1:45




Song of the Sea
12:00-2:00


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Clarence
2:30-4:15




Brooklyn Farmer
&
Farmer's Road

2:30-4:30




Kid's Sat. Morn.
Short Slot

2:30-4:30




Los Angeles 1991
&
Field Niggas

2:30-4:00




Live, Laugh, Love
Short Slot

2:30-4:30


 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

Don't Worry Baby
5:00-6:45




The C Word
5:00-7:00




Birth of an Artist
&
Right Footed

5:00-7:00




January 1st
5:00-6:45


 

AWARDS SHOW
5:15-6:30

 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00
 
 

Funny Bunny
7:30-9:15




Forward. Side. Close!
7:30-9:30




Love & Taxes
7:30-9:15




One Smart Fellow
7:30-9:30




Cheeseheads: The Doc.
7:30-9:45




Hell's Heart
7:30-9:30


 
8:00
 
 
 
9:00
 
 
 
10:00

Sunday Feb. 28th


 

Bagels & More

Bushel & Peck's

Domenicos

Hendricks Art Center

La Casa Grande

Luxury 10

12:00

Where Do We
Go From Here

12:00 - 1:45




Fools
12:00 -1:45




Jessica
12:00 - 1:45




Ron Taylor:
&
In The Game

12:00-2:00


 
 
 
1:00
 
 
 
2:00
 
 

Surviving Me
2:30-4:30




Two 4 One
2:30-4:15




The Collector
&
Cold Nights Hot Salsa

2:30-4:15




WI/IL One
Short Slot

2:30-4:30




The Hermit
&
Ty's List

2:30-4:30




Classic Film
Maltese Falcon

2:30-4:30

 
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
5:00

Golden Shot
&
We're Still Here

5:00-6:45




Forward. Side. Close!
5:00-7:00




In Utero
5:00-6:45




Birds of Neptune
5:00-7:00




Among the Believers
5:00-6:45


 
 
 
6:00
 
 
 
7:00

Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate

BIFF Outdoors

BIFF Outdoors


Wonderful FREE community events for the entire family!

Sponsored by:


First National Bank and Trust

BIFF Outdoors brings great family films back in new settings that will be fun for every generation…and they are right in your own backyard.



Beloit is so rich with entertainment opportunities, especially in the summer, and BIFF Outdoors is a great additions to that summer schedule.

“First National Bank is proud to be able to add this element to the summer entertainment schedule in the Beloit area in partnership with the Beloit International Film Festival. This easily transportable screen and its related technology will provide quality family programs and can entertain hundreds of individuals spread out on blankets and augment the already rich and fun cultural life of Beloit.”
~ Steve Eldred, First National Bank and Trust



BIFF Outdoors in your community?

Interested in knowing more about having a BIFF Outdoors screening in your community?

Adam Fogarty | Assistant Director - The Beloit International Film FestivalAdam Fogarty
Assistant Festival Director
The Beloit International Film Festival
608-312-4256

The Lego Movie



Thursday, July 2nd
Time: After Sunset


Riverside Park | Beloit

Snow Men



Saturday, July 11th
Time: After Sunset


Bass Creek Café | Afton

Princess and the Frog



Saturday, July 25th
Time: After Sunset


New Zion Baptist Church | Beloit

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang



Saturday, Aug 15th
Time: After Sunset


Clinton Days (Makup date)


1611 Hackett St, Beloit WI.

The Greatest Game Ever Played



Friday, August 28th
Time: 7:15 pm


Krueger-Haskell Golf Course


1611 Hackett St, Beloit WI.

Big Hero



Saturday, Sept. 19th
Time: After Sunset


Old Settler’s Park | Rockton

Hollywood Film Festival Affiliate
Putzel

BIFF Year Round 2014-15

BIFF Year Round


Beginning September 10th, 2014, at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at Beloit College’s Hendricks Center for the Arts “Film Room” (The old library on the corner of Pleasant & Grand)

BIFF will show Award Winning Films from the past and Award Winning Films that you can vote on for inclusion in BIFF 2015.


BIFF Year Round

Join us each week for Coffee & Dessert with your movie!

Film Society of Beloit


Don’t forget that just one of the perks of membership in the Film Society of Beloit is free admission to BYR screenings. Check out the Film Society of Beloit page for more information.

Schedule

September 2014

Nightlights
Wed Sep 10, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Date America
Wed Sep 17, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Food Patriots
Wed Sep 24, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

October 2014

Sam & Amira
Wed Oct 1, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

When the King Tilts
Wed Oct 8, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Hank and Asha
Wed Oct 15, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic
Wed Oct 22, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Putzel
Wed Oct 29, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

November 2014

The Starfish Throwers
Wed Nov 5, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

The Zigzag Kid
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

The Other One
Wed Nov 19, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

The Golden Scallop
Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

December 2014

Mousse
Wed Dec 17, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

East Side Sushi
Wed Dec. 10, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Jake Squared
Wed Dec 17, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

January 2015

Sequoia 
Wed Jan 7, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
Follows a lovely young woman with a life threatening disease. Finalist for Best Feature!
*NOTE: Skype Q&A following film.

Wisconsin From The Air 
Wed Jan 14, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
This film is an amazing aerial journey through the state.  Cinematography is something you must see.
*NOTE: Skype Q&A following film.

Dig Two Graves 
Wed Jan 21, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
One of the finalist for Best Wisconsin Feature, the film is frightening and a great edge of your seat nail biter.
*NOTE: Skype Q&A following film.

Official BDN Program Book
Mon Jan 26, 2015 – 5:00 PM – Ironworks Hotel
Come to the Ironworks Hotel to pick up the 2015 BDN (Beloit Daily News) Official Program Book

Becoming Bulletproof
Wed Jan 28, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
One of the top films from this year’s Hollywood Film Festival!  An endearing film capturing disabled people staring in a rip roaring Western.
*NOTE: Skype Q&A following film.(sub titles)

February 2015

Backgammon
Wed Feb 4, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
An import from Europe, this film tells the story of Erik who love to play backgammon in his local park.
*NOTE: Skype Q&A following film.

2014 Comedy Short Slot
Wed Feb 11, 2015 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
The Comedy Short Slot was one of the top attended films from the 2014 festival.  You don’t want to miss this group of hilarious films.

About


Blackhawk BankBIFF Year ‘Round is made possible by the generous support of Blackhawk Bank. The program will feature 21 films between September 10th, 2014 and February 11th, 2015.

We will be taking a break in the schedule for the 10 Days of BIFF, February 20-March 1 and then begin again in late March with 17 more showings.

New this year is our venue sponsor, Beloit College, allowing us the use of the wonderful film room at the Hendricks Center for the Arts. Also, many of the films shown will feature the attendance by the filmmaker to do Q&A’s for you, our audience.

Hendricks Center for the Arts

Hendricks Center for the ArtsBeloit Screenings Tickets: (on-site only, no online tickets)

    • 608.363.3911
    • $5 General Admission
    • $2 Students and children
    • FREE – Beloit Film Society Members & Beloit College Students/Staff.

BIFF Year ‘Round | 2015-16

BIFF Year Round


Join us each week for complimentary Coffee & Dessert with your movie!

Sponsored by:


Blackhawk Bank

An Uncommon Opportunity


BIFF pre-screens some of the very best award winning films submitted for the film festival.

You can review and vote for inclusion in our upcoming film festival. We will also screen some of the most popular films from prior BIFF festivals along with some of the cinema classics.



Talk with the Filmmakers


Immediately following each BYR screening the filmmakers join us via live screencast for conversation.

You will have the uncommon opportunity to discuss the film with the filmmakers themselves. So join us for this exceptional opportunity to enjoy some of the very best in independent film being produced and meet the filmmakers themselves.



Tickets

On-site only. No online tickets. Cash/check only

2015 BIFFY Awards

The 2015 BIFFY AWARD WINNERS!

2015 BIFFY AWARDS!


From an intimate documentary about five women, each with her own unique struggle with the human papilloma virus (HPV), to a dramatic love story in the age of texting and emotions laid out on a telephone, to the challenging story of a Latina whose skill must confront tradition as she seeks to become a sushi chef, the top films at the Beloit International Film Festival have been honored with the 2015 BIFFY awards.

Honoring features, documentaries and short films and recognizing the Audience Choice selections for best films from Illinois and Wisconsin, 15 BIFFYs were handed out at Friday evening’s BIFFY Awards Ceremony at La Casa Grande Restaurant in Beloit. Many of the more than 225 filmmakers attending BIFF were on hand to receive the awards.

In addition to the awards for merit in specific film genres, there were also four “feature” awards for overall achievement, designated by the selection committee that viewed all 800 submissions to BIFF this year.

Some screenings still available this weekend. See TICKETS below.


East Side Sushi | BIFF Award Winner
BEST FEATURE FILM
East Side Sushi

Best Feature honors were accorded to East Side Sushi which is about a Latina who, after years of working in the food industry is forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job as a sushi chef.


Becoming Bulletproof | BIFF Award Winner

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Becoming Bulletproof

Best Documentary honors went to Becoming Bulletproof, which explores the friendships that develop between people with and without disabilities as they live together for the duration of a movie camp. The film digs into the beauty and difficulty of the relationships of people who come from all walks of life.


Fourteen Seeds | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
Mousse | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
BEST SHORT FILM
Fourteen Seeds
Mousse

Best Short was shared by two films. Fourteen Seeds, is a story about childhood, and a boy who moves into a new neighborhood and is prescribed pills, like the other children. He chooses not to take the pills, and instead acts out his classic, boyhood antics in the woods. Mousse, a medium length droll and blackly comic tale of an “honest criminal” and police ineptitude.


Catalyst | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
BEST STUDENT FILM
Catalyst

Best Student Film went to Catalyst, which follows two brothers searching for closure while coping with their parent’s divorce, blending neo-realism and religious metaphor to dive deep into a family living with echoes of a harmful past.


The Other One | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
BEST ILLINOIS FILM
The Other One

Best Illinois Film award went to The Other One, ultimately a story of acceptance and redemption, a beautiful and serene film haunted by the pasts that we embrace, hide from, lie about, and make peace with.


Dig Two Graves | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
BEST WISCONSIN FILM
Dig Two Graves

Best Wisconsin Film honors went to Dig Two Graves, one part gothic thriller, one part black comedy and one part Dickensian mystery that dramatizes the cycle of violence that perpetuates itself over generations in a small backwoods town.


The Alley Cat | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
BIFF EPOCH AWARD
Alley Cat

The BIFF Epoch Award, recognizing a film that best illustrates the way we live our lives in contemporary society and went to Alley Cat, a road movie on a bicycle. It takes place over a single night with a spontaneous journey through Chicago’s night time streets to a destination holding an emotional secret.


Each year, BIFF also presents a series of Feature Awards for films of overall excellence. This year’s feature awards include:

Bintou | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
KEN HENDRICKS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Bintou

The Ken Hendricks Award for Excellence, recognizing the founding sponsor of the Beloit International Film Festival, was awarded to Bintou about a young dressmaker, living in Burkina Faso and dreaming of a career in Europe. Bintou is the portrait of a strong, young woman looking for her place between traditional and modern culture, between motherhood and career.


Someone You Love | BIFF Award Winner
POWER OF FILM AWARD
Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic

The Power of Film Award, identifying a film that has shown the power of film to change the way we think, went to Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical.


Hank and Ash | BIFF 2015 Award Winners
JOSH BURTON AWARD
Hank and Asha

The Josh Burton Award for general excellence, honoring the creative spirit of the late Beloit actor and director, was awarded to the feature film, Hank and Asha. The feature length romantic comedy is about Asha, born and raised in India, who is studying in Prague for a year and longs for deeper connections with people, and Hank, a filmmaker and lonely new transplant to New York City still reeling from a romantic breakup.


Backgammon | BIFF 2015 Award Winner
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AWARD
Backgammon

The Executive Director Award for outstanding artistic achievement goes to Backgammon, a feature length drama about a mid-thirties loner whose everyday life consists of hustling strangers in a park to play backgammon and raises fundamental questions of good and evil and speaks directly to adults and teenagers.


AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

Also awarded were the Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown Audience Choice awards based on voting by BIFF audiences. They include:

Audience Choice Best Feature
Deer in the Headlights


Audience Choice Best Documentary
West by Orphan Train


Audience Choice Best Short film
The Harpist


Audience Choice Best Student film
An Evening at Angelo’s

Channeling | Drew Thomas

Channeling

Channeling


Buy TicketsSun March 1, 2015 – 12:00 PM – La Casa Grande



Genre:   Drama / Sci-Fi
Country:   U.S.
Subtitles:   No
Rating:   R
Runtime:   107 min
Director:   Drew Thomas
Producer:   Gerry Santos
Website :  

Filmmaker AttendingIMDb

Channeling Movie Poster

Synopsis


A soldier returns home on bereavement leave to discover that his brother’s accidental death…wasn’t.

With 72 hours to solve the mystery, Jonah assumes his brother’s identity, and enters a world of voyeurism and exhibitionism that’s as dangerous as it is addictive – a world in which people broadcast their lives in real time to as large an audience as possible.

Hungry for ratings and the approval of their followers, these ‘Channelers’ engage in increasingly risky and self-destructive behavior.

By re-launching his brother’s channel, will Jonah find the conspirators or will he lose himself?



NOTE: Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Sometimes English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar

WI-IL Audience Choice Awards 2015

Filmmakers from both states compete for Audience Choice awards!

BIFF 2015 will celebrate regional filmmakers during the first weekend of BIFF with three days of film competition in the Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown.

Filmmaking isn’t just for Hollywood anymore. For ten years now, the Beloit International Film Festival has shown our community the power of independent and internationally made films. Many of these films in the past have come from communities just a drive away from our own, dazzling us with Hollywood-quality productions and unique regional flavor. Beloit Auction & RealtyBIFF felt it needed to expand this trend into a full-on weekend, part of the now Ten Days of BIFF. This year BIFF presents its second annual Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown (Feb. 20 to 22, 2015), a weekend showcasing the great caliber of work made on the Third Coast!

When audiences walk into each Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown screening, they are given ballots to vote on what they believe are the best films, eventually awarding filmmakers much-deserved recognition.


WI / IL Showdown Audience Choice Awards

  • Fri. Feb. 27th, 5:00 PM
  • La Casa Grande


About the Showdown


“We are proud to be showcasing the amazing work of these area artists,” notes BIFF Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin. “These are the sorts of films that are critically acclaimed but not always readily available for viewing. I think that BIFF patrons will find genuine enjoyment in learning of the great cinematic art that’s created right in our backyard.”

There will be dozens of films shown throughout the weekend. All films will be voted on by the audience, resulting in the BIFF Audience Choice Awards for Best Illinois and Best Wisconsin features, documentaries and short films. An awards party announcing the Audience Choice Awards will be held at La Casa Grande in Beloit the following weekend.

According to BIFF Wisconsin Illinois Showdown coordinator Kristin Peterson, “Many great films, ranging from heartwarming dramas to engaging and hilarious documentaries to grindhouse horror, will screen in the Showdown. Four short slots of the best short films made in the region will also screen across the weekend and into the following week.”

ENCORE Films 2015

ENCORE: The Best of the 10 Years of BIFF

Where do BIFF films go once the festival mayhem dies down and we all go back to our small town, Midwestern lives? Well…I’m sure some disappear into the black hole of indie film obscurity while their makers go bankrupt and quite possibly meet THEIR makers. It’s an unforgiving industry known for eating its own! (Ok…that description might’ve been a little unrealistic and harsh). But…the films and filmmakers we are celebrating in this ENCORE series did not meet that woeful “finis.” In fact, many have gone on to flourish in the festival circuit, receiving more awards and more critical accolades. Some have been pursued, and even caught, by distribution companies and have gone on to screen nationally and internationally and actually make MONEY!!

The 2015 ENCORE series films are some of the finest ever shown on BIFF screens over the last 10 years. And when asked to share their work with us one more time, every one of these talented filmmakers gladly gave us their blessing, accompanied by a very welcome, “And no charge, sir!” Pretty classy, right?!? Maybe it has something to do with the way the Beloit community embraces its visiting alums. Or maybe Beloit is just a magnet for some of the finest humans on the face of the earth! Anyway, THANK YOU, BIFF ALUMS for this opportunity to enjoy your outstanding cinematic artwork…again!!


Program Release Party

Program Release Party 2015

Program Book Release Party

BIFF will unveil the 10th installment of its annual film festival program book at a very special release party hosted by The Ironworks Hotel in downtown Beloit on Monday, January 26th, 2015 from 5PM to 7PM.

The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Festivities will be held in the spacious and elegant banquet facility of the recently renovated Ironworks Hotel (formerly the Beloit Inn) located at 500 Pleasant Street in Beloit.

The evening will include an array of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Guests are invited to arrive around 5PM for a social reception, which will be followed by a series of informative presentations by a variety of BIFF representatives.

Program Book Release Party

Monday January 26th, 2015 | 5PM – 7PM
Ironworks Hotel
Downtown Beloit (500 Pleasant St.)
FREE

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

A special film screening area will be set up in the banquet facility where guests will be able to enjoy previews of BIFF 2015 film content. The focus of the presentation will be on a cross-section of this year’s comedy, drama and documentary short subject film fare.

The centerpiece of the event will be the unveiling and distribution of the 2015 BIFF program book, this year prepared by the Beloit Daily News in collaboration with Mary Terry of Mary Terry Design. Members of the BIFF Board of Directors will hand out the first several hundred copies of the more than 35,000 units provided to the festival by the BDN with help from the festival staff immediately following the series of VIP speakers.

BIFF Executive Director, Rod Beaudoin, says of the festival’s historic night, “We are ecstatic to be celebrating our 10th anniversary and have been working around the clock to put together a 2015 festival that maintains the high level of quality that has made BIFF a success over the years, while developing a host of new features that we feel will make BIFF even more special than it has ever been before. The program release party is always exciting because it not only puts the new program in the hands of our public, but also fills the Beloit area atmosphere with the electricity of anticipation for the coming citywide celebration of independent film.”

Beloit Daily NewsIronworks HotelMary Terry Design

The Nina Foch Course | Live Workshop with Randal Kleiser

10th Anniversary Honorary Chair

Randal Kleiser, Director of GREASE


Honorary Chair, 10th Anniversary of BIFF


Randal Kleiser | Honorary Chair, BIFF 2015The director of the most successful movie musical ever made, will share his stories and his wisdom with audiences as they sing-a-long at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival.

Randal Kleiser, the director of Grease and one of the most respected authorities on film technology, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2015 Beloit International Film Festival. He will greet audiences and host the BIFF sing-a-long version of Grease. In addition, Kleiser will conduct a seminar on acting, directing and film technology for vising filmmakers and film students.

The sing-a-long showing of Grease, complete with the words at the bottom of the screen for singing great favorites such as You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, and Hopelessly Devoted to You, will be presented at the Schubert Luxury 10 Cinema in Beloit on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Kleiser will introduce the film and answer audience questions following the presentation.


Live Workshop

Live workshop on acting and directing. Open to all filmmakers and current and potential students of film.

Date:  Sat. Feb 21, 2015 –  2:00 PM
Location:  Schubert Luxury 10 Theater
Price:  FREE




Randal KIeiser


Grease was Kleiser’s first film. Other credits include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers, Flight of the Navigator, White Fang, North Shore, Getting It Right, Lovewrecked, Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, and the 1996 AIDS drama It’s My Party.

Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which has been running for more than a decade at Disney Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris. This led to the U.S. Government signing him to develop a 360 degree hi-def simulator to train soldiers to deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the war in Afghanistan.

In 2007, his University of Southern California thesis film Peege was selected to be added to the prestigious National Registry at the Library of Congress. The 28-minute movie about his grandmother is still drawing accolades for its fiercely honest and poignant portrayal of aging and mental decline. It is only the second student produced film to be placed in the Registry.

The Nina Foch Course
Live Workshop with Randal Kleiser

With George Lucas, he produced the online course, “USC School of Cinematic Arts presents the Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors” capturing the teaching of the actress and director who taught at USC for four decades.

Fluent in cutting edge digital technologies, he is chair of the annual Digital Day presentation for the Directors Guild of America, and serves on the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has conducted master classes and has lectured at film festivals around the world.

Sponsored by:

Dr. Jorge Galante

Dr. Jorge Galante

Grease sing-a-long

Date:  Sat. Feb 21st, 7:30 PM
Location:  Schubert Luxury 1o Theater
Price:  $10

BIFF @ Janesville

BIFF @ Janesville – 2015

A Taste of BIFF in Janesville


Ramada Janesville WIOnce again, BIFF will host “A Taste of BIFF” in Janesville, whereby Janesvillians will get to sample the best films for BIFF 2015 weeks prior to the opening of the festival in Beloit. This year the event will be held in the freshly remodeled Ramada Janesville at 3900 Milton Avenue in Janesville, WI.

Sponsored by:
Ramada Janesville


Friday January 30

Theater 1


God Forgive Us | 5 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page: God Forgive Us


Amira & Sam | 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page: Amira & Sam

Theater 2


Comedy Shorts 1 | 5 PM

One Man | Matt Rhodes

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Comedy Short #1


East Side Sushi | 7:30 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roazrLGUoO8

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  East Side Sushi

Theater 3


Becoming Bulletproof | 5 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Bulletproof


Starfish Throwers | 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Starfish Throwers

Saturday January 31


Combined Grand Ballroom


Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic | 2:00 pm

Buy Tickets

Beloit Health SystemTHIS FILM WILL INCLUDE A PANEL OF AREA HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

BIFF Film Page:  BIFF Cares

Sponsored By:
Beloit Health System

Theater 1


WI from the Air | 5 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page: WI from the Air


Hank & Asha | 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page: Hank & Asha

Theater 2


Mousse and Salomea’s Nose | 5 PM


Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Mousse


Sequoia | 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Sequoia

Theater 3


Documentary Shorts | 5 PM

White Earth | J Christian Jensen

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Documentary Shorts


Food Patriots | 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets

BIFF Page:  Food Patriots

Pool Area Screen — FREE

Ramada Inn | Janesville WI

Beach Blanket Bingo | 6:30 PM

Opening Night Block Party

Opening Night Block Party 2015

How do you celebrate an achievement like keeping a film festival operational and successful for ten years, in the midst of a sketchy economy and on a shoestring budget, and spinning that festival into the undisputed, single-most important and highly rated arts and entertainment event in the entire Stateline region??
Two words:

BLOCK PARTAAAAAAYYYYY!!!

So BIFF is taking over downtown Beloit, inside and out, and staging a one-night-only, got-to-be-there, Lollapafestastravaganza!!! And YOU are on the who’s-who, international, VIP guest list (this means it’s all FREE). It all starts on Friday evening, February 20th at 7:30PM and continues until they run out of fun!! Here’s a listing of what you’ll be loving when you attend:

  • Roving Fire Breathers
  • Ice Sculpting Contest @ FNB&T Park
  • “Isthmus of Misfits” Comedy Mini-Fest w/ Open Mic @ The Bop
  • Life-Size Puppet Shows @ HCA
  • Coffee House Gigs @ Café Fromage and Merrill & Houston’s
  • Matt Goodwin Jam Band @ Suds O’Hanahan’s
  • Rob Tomaro Jazz Band @ Domenico’s with Guest Soloist Executive Director Rod Beaudoin
  • SPEBSQSA & Dancers @ Bushel & Peck’s
  • Family Animation Crafts with Doodles @ Bagels & More
  • “Casablanca” Radio Play @ La Casa Grande under the direction of Jim Lyke with the JPAC Radio Players

10th Anniversary BIFF Block Party

Friday Feb 20th, 2015 — 7:30 PM, Various Downtown Beloit Locations


Sponsored by:

Senz Insurance Kruger Haskell Golf CourseWBEL - 1380

Flying Pig | Beloit WIResonate Web MarketingThe Castle

Downtown Beloit Events


Roving Fire Breathers

Throughout the evening, professional fire breathing will light up the night on the downtown streets of Beloit. Spectacular tongues of flame will lap at the crisp winter air, and additional displays of flaming hula hooping and poi spinning will amaze young and old alike.


Ice SculptureIce Sculpting Contest @ FNB&T Park

The roar of the chain saw! Ice chips spinning into the frosty air! Suddenly, a work of crystalline art appears. Ice sculpting artisans will assemble in the First National Bank and Trust Company Park (right across the street from the bank) to compete for a cash prize. Stop by and cast your vote with a BIFF Twitter tweet!!


“Isthmus of Misfits” Comedy Mini-Fest w/ Open Mic @ The Bop

Feeling a little under the weather? Stop at the Bop for the BEST medicine!! The “Isthmus of Misfits” Comedy Mini-Fest promises a healthy line-up of sidesplitting comics with a cure for the common winter blues!! Or wait till the pros are done and step up to the open mic and share a few minutes of your own brand of comic tonic!!


Life-Size Puppet Shows @ HCA

From Chicago, the puppeteering capital of the Midwest, comes a troupe of performers wielding life-size creatures to amaze and entertain you with this time honored specialized art form. It ain’t no Pinocchio show! Enjoy the spectacle in the comfortable west lobby of the Hendricks Center for the Arts at Beloit College.


Coffee House Gigs @ Café Fromage and Merrill & Houston’s

If you need to rest your mind and body for a bit, duck into one of two venues featuring coffee house style entertainment. Each location and artist comes with its own special brand of mood, style and atmosphere. Relax with fine wines and coffees at Café Fromage, or your favorite top shelf spirits at Merrill & Houston’s. Then, wash it down with a splash of classic folk and brilliant original music by local solo artists. Ahh…that feels good!


Matt GoodwinMatt Goodwin Jam Band @ Suds O’Hanahan’s

Local legendary guitarist/singer/songwriter and blues aficionado, Matt Goodwin, has assembled a group of talented veterans of the blues/rock scene to get the party started at Suds O’Hanahan’s. Bring your axe, get onstage, plug in and join together with the jam!!


Rob Tomaro Jazz Band @ Domenico’s

Beloit’s own Dr. Robert Tomaro wears a lot of musical hats: Maestro of the Rock River Philharmonic, touring fusion bandleader, Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, and international singing sensation! Catch Rob wearing his jazz beret and leading his remarkable trio before he leaves us for another world tour!! Joining Rob with his Sinatra-esque vocalizations is BIFF’s very own Executive Director, Rod Beaudoin and Creative/Operations Director, Grammy nominated songwriter, Greg Gerard.


SPEBSQSA & Dancers @ Bushel & Peck’s

What the heck is a SPEBSQSA?? Well, it actually stands for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America! Our own John Kalkirtz has assembled a fab foursome and more some of veteran barber shoppers to add a little harmony to the evening. In addition, the award winning Trinity Irish Dancers from Milwaukee, WI will perform amazing traditional Celtic dance routines, and the Polish Dance Ensemble will offer their own colorful ethnic flair.


Family Crafts @ Bagels & More

The Block Party has something for everyone, including kids…from tots to tweens! Nikole Wagner of Doodles, Beloit’s finest service for arts and crafts education for all ages, will host a family crafts event that will include learning how to construct an animation device. Nikole is a highly skilled artist and is wonderful with kids groups! It’s a Friday night. No school on Saturday. Let ‘em stay up late…and create!!


JPAC Radio Players | Casablanca“Casablanca” Radio Play @ La Casa Grande

It’s Casablanca at La Casa!! Jim Lyke and his JPAC Radio Players from Janesville, WI will bring their amazing talents to Beloit for a one-night-only performance of the Lux Radio Theater classic, Casablanca. Jim and his troupe have mounted many radio theater productions in the past, including an acclaimed performance of the Orson Welles/H. G. Wells legendary War of the Worlds.

You can attend the performance and watch in the comfort of the La Casa Grande screening room, or you can tune your radio to WBEL AM 1380 in Beloit. and listen to the entire performance in the privacy of your own home or automobile…right before you head to downtown Beloit for the Block Party of the Century!!!

Classic Film | To Kill A Mockingbird

FNB Classic Film 2015

To Kill A Mockingbird


FREE Screening
Sun March 1st, 2015
– 2:00 PM – Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theatre



Genre:  Drama
Country:  USA
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  NR
Runtime:  129 min.
Director:  Robert Mulligan
Producer:  
Website :  To Kill a Mockingbird

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Presented by:

First National Bank & Trust


To Kill A Mockingbird

Synopsis


To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator’s father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.

When The King Tilts

When The King Tilts

When The King Tilts


Wed Oct 8, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts



Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Country:  U.S.
Subtitles:  No
Rating:  PG-13
Runtime:  77 min.
Director:  Drew Britton,
Producer:  Drew Britton, Logan Lark
Website :  N/A

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When The King Tilts

Synopsis


Two women arrive unannounced at a quaint bed and breakfast in hopes of finding a location for next year’s family reunion. The two best friends are greeted by Sam, the owner, informing them he’s closed for the season.

Using their wit, Carol and J.L. convince Sam to stay open a day or two longer, just for them. While getting to know each other Sam expresses his distaste for previous guests who constantly talk about themselves and their pasts.

Carol empathizes with Sam’s weariness and quickly agrees not to talk about herself. Meanwhile, J.L. becomes more and more frustrated with Sam’s guarded personality and secretive life. A whirlwind of hostility, manipulation, and discomfort kicks-up as J.L. begins to suspect her best friend forming an inappropriate bond with Sam.

Through insight and humor, ‘When The King Tilts’ explores obscure hidden corners of the human psyche, namely the many different ways we react when faced with the unknown. Making use of a small handful of characters in a picturesque setting, the film presents a complex conflict spiraling out of control not because of something somebody said, but because of someone saying nothing.



NOTE: Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Sometimes English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar

HPV Epidemic

BIFF Cares 2015

This outreach and educational concept was developed by the Beloit International Film Festival several years ago to promote and present films dealing with significant issues touching us as a community and as individuals.

Films, accompanied by panels of commentators and engaged filmmakers, have dealt with topics ranging from teen homelessness and child abuse to end of life issues. One of the festival’s most successful programs, BIFF CARES films are presented several times in a variety of venues, reaching thousands in the process.

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic


Wed Oct 22, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts, Beloit

Buy TicketsSat Jan 31, 2015 – 2:00 PM – Ramada Janesville

Buy TicketsSat Feb 21, 2015 – 7:30 PM – La Casa Grande

Buy TicketsFri Feb 27, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Schubert’s Luxury 10

Buy TicketsSat Feb 28, 2015 – 2:00 PM – Schubert’s Luxury 10

Buy TicketsSun Mar 1, 2015 – 2:00 PM – Domenico’s




The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. The film is narrated by Vanessa Williams and examines the lives of five women affected by HPV, each of whom has an intimate story to tell, and features interviews with experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV.

With the support of the Beloit Health System, the film will be presented numerous times throughout the festival. A panel of health experts and counselors will speak and answer questions following three of the presentations, one on Saturday January 31st, 2015 at 2:00 PM during BIFF@Janesville at the Ramada Inn and on Friday, February 27th at 7:30 PM and Saturday February 28th at 2:00 PM at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theatres in Beloit.

Ms. Williams and the filmmakers will help to introduce the film at the festival.

The goal is to educate and inform as many people as possible about this preventable form of cancer and develop a healthier community in the process.

Filmmaker Attending

HPV Epidemic

Presented by:

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Centers for Disease ControlFor More Information:


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Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer. HPV is so common that most sexually-active men and women will get at least one type ofHPV at some point in their lives. The CDC estimates that 21,000 cases of cervical cancer could be prevented through vaccination for HPV. Cervical cancer is not the only cancer caused by HPV (Genital HPV Infection Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm#a7)

Facts about HPV Vaccination in Rock County:

There are 42,908 Rock County citizens between 12 and 26 years old that are entered in the Wisconsin

Immunization Registry system.

  • Among females in this population, only 16% have received all 3 oftheir HPV vaccinations before age 17, with an additional12% finishing their vaccination series before age 28.
  • An additional !6% have received at least one of the recommended HPV vaccine doses.
  • This leaves 15,504 young females unimmunized or under immunized and vulnerable in this population in Rock County. (Data via the Wisconsin Immunization Registry 1/16/2015)
  • Among males in this population, only 7% have received all3 of their HPV vaccinations before age 17, dropping to 5% when considering the population age 12 years to 28 years old.
  • An additional 7% have received at least one of the recommended HPV vaccine doses.
  • This leaves 20,517 young males unimmunized and vulnerable in this population in Rock County. (Data via the Wisconsin Immunization Registry 1/16/2015)

HPV Vaccination works. A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens. The study, published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases reveals that since the vaccine was introduced in 2006, vaccine-type HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14-19 years of age.

The Starfish Throwers


Wed Nov 5, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts

Buy TicketsFri Jan 30, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Ramada 3 Janesville

Buy TicketsSat Feb 21, 2015 – 12:00 PM – La Casa Grande

Buy TicketsSat Feb 28, 2015 – 5:00 PM – La Casa Grande

Buy TicketsSun Mar 1, 2015 – 2:00 PM – Bushel & Peck’s


This eye-opening film tells the story of a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired schoolteacher, world’s apart, who discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger.

Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Allan Law battles personal health issues as he hand-delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis.

With the support of Dr. Jane Fossum and the Beloit Rotary, BIFF is working to bring Katie Stagliano to talk about her work and perhaps inspire a new effort in our community.

The Starfish Throwers

Presented by:

Rotary Club of Beloit

Short Film Selections – 2015

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagist

Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagist


Fri Feb 27, 2015 – 5:00 PM – CELEB
(Private Event)



Genre:   Biography, History
Country:   U.S.
Subtitles:  
Rating:  
Runtime:  
Director:   Leslie Buchbinder
Producer:   Pentimenti Productions
Website :   Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagist

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Hairy Who And The Chicago Imagist

Synopsis


Chicago-Style Modern Art with Everything! In the mid 1960s, the city of Chicago was an incubator for an iconoclastic group of young artists. Collectively known as the Imagists, they showed in successive waves of exhibitions with monikers that might have been psychedelic rock bands of the era – Hairy Who, Nonplussed Some, False Image. Kissing cousins to the contemporaneous international phenomenon of Pop Art, Chicago Imagism took its own weird, wondrous, in-your-face tack. Variously pugnacious, puerile, scatological, graphic, comical, and absurd, Chicago’s diverse artists followed no trend, preferring a path they ferociously cleared for themselves.



NOTE: Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Sometimes English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar

Silent Film Showcase 2015

Silent Film Showcase: The Phantom of the Opera

The 2015 Silent Film Showcase will have an entirely new look and format for BIFF’s 10th anniversary.

Robert Rub | Organist

Robert Rub | Organist

The featured film will be the original 1925 version of “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. The presentation will take place in the Sanctuary at The Castle in Beloit.

The film will be accompanied by internationally renowned organist Bob Rub who will play the Castle’s Henry Pilcher & Sons vintage pipe organ. The accompaniment will include the original organ score with additional musical interludes composed by Maestro Tomaro.

Scott Chachula | Tenor

Scott Chachula | Tenor

Periodically during the screening, old will meet new, as the accompaniment will briefly switch from organ to piano with Lanette Calhoun accompanying soprano Gaia Galvan and tenor Scott Chachula as they perform selections from the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber version of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Other highlights of the evening will include the Rock River Philharmonic silent auction, which each year raises important funds to support the Philharmonic. The RRP, under the direction of Maestro Robert Tomaro, will provide its Chamber Orchestra to perform atmospheric selections during the reception and auction portions of the evening, as well as the musicians who will accompany the film.



Sponsored by:
BMO Harris Bank BeloitRock River Philharmonic


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

DATE:  Saturday, Feb. 28th

TIME:  6:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction, 7:30 Film Starts

LOCATION:  The Castle (501 Prospect Ave.)

PRICE:  $25 – All ages (plus service fees – online tickets)

LIMITED SEATING: The BMO Harris Bank Silent Film Showcase has traditionally been shown at the Eclipse Center.  For this special 10th Anniversary presentation, the event has been moved to The Castle @ 501 Prospect. 

SEATING IS LIMITED TO 350 GUESTS.  PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR PARTICIPATION!

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Phantom of the OperaAt the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae.

Christine meets this phantom (a masked man) in the catacombs, where he lives.

What’s his goal? What’s his secret?

Lon Chaney (1883 – 1930)

Lon ChaneyAlthough his parents were deaf-mutes, Leonidas Chaney became an actor and also owner of a theatre company (together with his brother John). He made his debut at the movies in 1912, and his filmography is vast.

Lon Chaney was especially famous for his horror parts in movies like e.g. Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923).

Due to his special make-up effects he carried the characterization to be “the man with the thousand faces.”

He only filmed one movie with sound: The remake of one of his earlier films The Unholy Three (1930).

His son, Lon Chaney Jr., became a famous actor of the horror genre.

Rock River Philharmonic

This signature BIFF event features members of the Rock River Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Robert Tomaro.

Since its inception, the signature event of The Beloit International Film Festival has been the Saturday evening BMO Harris Bank 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, now operating under its new brand: The Rock River Philharmonic.

Reception & Silent Auction

Silent AuctionPrior to the Silent Film screening there will be a reception and silent auction to benefit the Rock River Philharmonic (formerly the Beloit Janesville Symphony).
Items available for auction include something for everyone:

  • Munchies With the Maestro
    An evening of music and fun, wine and snacks for you and 9 friends as guests of Rob Tomaro!
    Sponsored by TRICOR Insurance
  • Badger awesomeness
    2’x3’ Badger stretched canvas of the shot clinching the Final Four bid; and laser W Sculpture too.
    Sponsored by TRICOR Insurance and the Philharmonic
  • Packer Backer
    Signed football, assorted Packer gear and party supplies. GO PACK GO!
  • Frozen?
    That’s okay! with a framed Frozen poster and all of the Disney Frozen plush characters too. Comes with Cocoa and marshmallows, the BluRay DVD, and more…

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