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BIFF Year ‘Round | 2019 -20

BIFF Year Round


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

Sponsored by Stateline Community Foundation

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


Complimentary Desserts & Coffee Provided By:

Fanny's Baked Goods

608-362-6824
fannysbakedgoods(at)gmail(dot)com

Ironworks Hotel

Decision

Decision

Fri Feb 22, 2019 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 23, 2019 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s



Decision

Celebrating Women in Film | BIFF 2019Directed by Mary Jo Zefeldt
Narrative Short
USA | 3 min | 2016


Within an expanse of anxiety and faced with a false choice, a decision must be made. Decision is a short animated film that explores one woman’s experience with anxiety and how she handles a perceived false choice.



Decision - Mary Jo ZefeldtMary Jo Zefeldt
Director,  Writer

Mary Jo Zefeldt is an animator and user experience researcher/designer from Chicago, Illinois. She is a recovering attorney and currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Animation and a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University. Mary Jo also teaches Introduction to 2D animation at Loyola University Chicago. She has recently spoken at both CIMMFEST in Chicago and partner festival to the Tribeca film festival, Games for Change. “Decision” is her debut animated film.

Decision Poster

Film Information


Director: Mary Jo Zefeldt
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 3 min
Rated: PG

Credits


Writer: Mary Jo Zefeldt
Sound Design/Re-Recording Mixing: Ryan Sullivan

Connect With This Film


BIFF Year ‘Round | 2018-19

BIFF Year Round


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

Stateline Community Foundation

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


Complimentary Desserts & Coffee Provided By:

Fanny's Baked Goods

608-362-6824
fannysbakedgoods(at)gmail(dot)com

Ironworks Hotel

Beloit International Film Festival 2018 | Terry Meyers

2018 Festival Gallery

2019 Film Festival

If you need higher-res photos for print or other, contact us.

Photo credits: Peer Canvas

BIFF CLASSROOM Adds New Help Yourself Films Programs

No tickets required for this FREE screening.

Sunday March 4, 2018 — 2:30 PM
Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater
2799 Cranston Rd. Beloit

 

BIFF CLASSROOM Adds New Help Yourself Films Programs



BIFF Classroom

BIFF Classroom is the Beloit International Film Festival program designed to attract young, critical audiences to the world of film.

Kids FirstSince BIFF’s inception, KIDS@BIFF has brought thousands of elementary school-aged children to share their ideas about films and to learn how to look at media critically.

Once again this year, working with KIDS FIRST, a program of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, Kids@BIFF will engage area fifth graders in discussions of quality film.

Some 850 students from Beloit and South Beloit will participate this year as they share their critiques and watch films in school and in a special program at Luxury 10 Cinema the week before BIFF.

Help Yourself Films

An addition to the BIFF Classroom program this year will be Help Yourself Films.  Help Yourself Films is a partnership with the Beloit College Help Yourself program, a community outreach initiative for low-income, minority, marginalized and under-represented youth,12-18, in the Greater Beloit area.

Regina Hendrix | Help Yourself, Beloit CollegeJoe Bookman | Media Studies, Beloit CollegeThe new initiative has been designed in consultation with Help Yourself Director Regina Hendrix and Beloit College Professor of Media Studies Joe Bookman. In December, students engaged in discussions and activities designed to help them plan their film projects. Using cameras provided by Beloit College and smartphones, students were taught basic filmmaking skills and concepts.

Students will then be directed to use these skills to capture the story of Beloit as if they were aliens who had crash landed on planet Earth and were trying to determine where they were. The goal of the activity is for them to gain appreciation for and pride in where they come from.


Student Screening

Saturday March 3rd.
2:30 pm
Beloit Public Library
FREE, Open to the public


Damien Patrik | BIFF ClassroomThey will have further opportunities to learn about their storytelling abilities during BIFF2018 when they will meet with and discuss their work with director, producer and award winning BIFF Artist-in-Residence, Damien Patrik. They will then share their cinematic visions with the public at a special BIFF screening.

BIFF Classroom 2018

5th grade students from Aldrich, Cunningham, Fruzen and McNeel Intermediate Schools.

For the tenth straight year BIFF, in partnership with Kristy Champion and the School District of Beloit, presented its annual Kids@BIFF field trips on February 14 & 15 at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Theater in Beloit.

5th Grade students from area middle schools assembled to watch short films and learn critical thinking skills as they became official BIFF film critics for a day. Approximately 1000 students took part in this year’s program.

 

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Cindy & Kristy Mooney | Mother Daughter BIFF Fans

A Special Mothers & Daughters Girls Night Out

Mothers and daughters attending BIFF together. It has become a tradition for a growing number of mothers and daughter’s for quality time together according to Festival staff and attendees.

Greg Gerard | BIFF Director of Programming

BIFF Recommendations Hot List 2018 – Greg Gerard

Greg Gerard, Director of Programming unveiled his HOT LIST at our reveal party tonight. Looking for suggestions for what to see during BIFF 2018, here is his list broken out by category.

Damien Patrik | Artist in Residence 2018

BIFF Artist-in-Residence

The Beloit International Film Festival will celebrate the art of filmmaking and help inspire a new generation of artists this year with the establishment of the post of BIFF Artist-in-Residence.

BIFF Cares 2018

BIFF Cares – 2018

This year, BIFF CARES, sponsored by the Beloit Health System, will present films that will examine current issues relating to families in this community that look at ADHD diagnoses in children and the concerns surrounding the lives and the care of our veterans.

BIFF Classroom – 2018

Since BIFF’s inception, KIDS@BIFF has brought thousands of elementary school-aged children to share their ideas about films and to learn how to look at media critically.

BIFF After Dark

BIFF After Dark, B.A.D. – 2018

BIFF will be revealed in print at 5 p.m. on Feb.7. at the Beloit Hampton Inn at 2700 Cranston Rd. Each evening all BIFF long, the Janesville law firm of Nowlan & Mouat LLP Presents Beloit After Dark—the BAD celebration of musical talent.

The Cameraman | BIFF 2018 Silent Film

BIFF Silent Film Showcase, 2018

This year, BIFF is again joining forces with The Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, for the screening of the historic comedy blockbuster The Cameraman, featuring Buster Keaton.

The Sting | BIFF 2018 Classic Film

The Sting – BIFF Classic Film 2018

Following on a survey taken in the fall, the film the community would most like to see again on the big screen is the 1973 Oscar winner, The Sting. Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, it is the story of two grifters who team up to pull off the ultimate con.

All About Eve | BIFF Vintage Radio 2018

All About Eve – Old Time Radio 2018

One of the most popular elements of BIFF in recent years has been a throwback to the past in content and technology. This year BIFF welcomes the Janesville Radio Players for a performance of the radio drama, All About Eve.

BIFF Reveal Party

BIFF Reveal Party Feb. 7, 2018

BIFF will be revealed in print at 5 p.m. on Feb.7. at the Beloit Hampton Inn at 2700 Cranston Rd.

The Beloit International Film Festival means more than just ten days of great independent film. It means nine nights of live music in Downtown Beloit. It means it is Party Season.

BIFF After Dark—the B.A.D. celebration of musical talent is something for everyone with nightly drink specials, no cover charges and BIFF’s official brew, Stella Artois.

Nowlan & Mouat LLP | BIFF Sponsor

Stella Artois | BIFF Sponsor

Friday, Feb 23rd. 6:30 pm

Tony Scodwell
Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

Scodwell is the highly respected veteran of the Big Band music scene, having played with all the great legendary stars…including Sammy, Frank, Elvis, and Barbra. A unique opportunity to hear one of the greats.

Scodwell USA

Also, be sure to check out the outdoor light show provided by Laser Light Fusion from 5:30-10:30pm. Projections will be shown on three downtown buildings.

Beloit Memorial Jazz OrchestraFacebook

Saturday, Feb 24th. 9:00 pm

Switchtrack Alley
Featuring Joel Brockwell


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

Classic and southern rock, R&B and traditional blues.

Switchtrack Alley BandFacebook

Sunday, Feb 25th. 7:00 pm

Kevin Patrick


Suds O'Hanahan's | Music Venue

The popular Wisconsin performer offers an evening of acoustic guitar and authentic vocal interpretations of the Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.

Kevin Patrick

Kevin PatrickFacebook

Monday, Feb 26th. 6:30 pm

The Dave Potter Trio


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

Local favorite groups and, perhaps, even you at the mic. The Dave Potter Trio kicks the week off with a Blues Jam hosted by area guitarist Dave Potter and his crew. Sit back or sit in!

Dave Potter Music

Dave PotterFacebook

Tuesday, Feb 27th. 8:00 pm

Hogtied to the Misfit


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

Big Mac, Dr. Ed and Pete will take you on a musical journey that you have never been on before, from “twisted” covers to clever originals.

Hogtied to the MisfitFacebook

Wednesday, Feb 28th. 8:00 pm

Open Mic Night
with Russ Doil


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

Russ and his cohorts entertain you and possibly accompany you. You might even get to see a few of the BIFF staff onstage displaying hidden talents.

Grand Avenue Pub

Grand Avenue PubFacebook

Thursday, Mar 1st. 7:00 pm

52 Special
featuring Glenn Davis & Matt Goodwin


Grand Avenue Pub | Music Venue

These local legends will light up the night starting at 7 p.m. Great lead into BIFF2018’s second amazing weekend!

Friday, Mar 2nd. 9:00 pm

Karaoke Night


Suds O'Hanahan's | Music Venue

Finn Bomgaars, the area’s leading authority on all things Karaoke, brings his unique style and deep catalog to the Suds stage! Now it’s your turn to show off your inner entertainer or just watch BIFF’s talented filmmakers show their stuff.

Suds O’Hanahan’s

Suds O’HanahansFacebook

Saturday, Mar 3rd. 9:00 pm

Greg Gerard & Kevin Patrick


The Rock | Music Venue

Join Greg Gerard & Kevin Patrick of The Orphans fame for a classic evening of your favorite feel-good songs from the 70s and beyond.

The Orphans

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Beloit International Film Festival 2018 Award Winners!

BIFFY Award Night 2018

 

Our BIFF 2018 Honorary Chair

Ryan Churchill


Ryan is an actor, writer, producer, and director. And he is a hometown boy. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School, earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin–Stout then joined The Second City in Chicago to work as an actor and writer. His bio includes countless acting credits in television, film, and commercials, as well as writing, directing, and producing credits. Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in welcoming Ryan Churchill.



Ryan Churchill | BIFF 2018 Honorary Chair


Stopping Traffic

Directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree


The BIFF 2018
Power of Film Award


After that first BIFF event in 2006 we realized that we had unleashed something truly significant. As you well know, film can be a potent force. It can make people laugh, it can make people cry. It can touch them deep inside and make them look at the world in a whole new light.

As its name suggests, this award was created to spotlight that awesome power. It is given to a film that shares with the world a powerful, life-changing message. The winner this year absolutely fits this description.



Stopping Traffic - Poster

Sadhvi Siddhali Shree, Director | Stopping Traffic


All The Queen’s Horses

Directed by Kelly Richmond Pope


The BIFF 2018
Golden Laurels Award


The Golden Laurels Award goes to a film that in one way or another is in a league of its own. The award this year goes to a film that took us completely by surprise. Because of its local interest we knew it would be popular and we suspected we might have to schedule additional screenings but we were not prepared for just how popular it was going to be.

Additional screenings would sell out almost as soon as they were announced. Originally slated for two screenings, we added two more, then another, then another, and another after that. Words like smash hit, blockbuster, phenomenon just don’t seem adequate to describe it. Honestly, in the history of BIFF we have never seen anything like it.


AJ Carr - Ting-Li Lin,

Kelly Richmond Pope, Director | All The Queen's Horses


Tater Tot & Patton

Directed by Andrew Kightlinger


Best Narrative Feature




Bates Wilder, Principal Actor | Tater Tot & Patton

Tater Tot & Patton Movie Poster


The Blood Is At The Doorstep

Directed by Erik Ljung


Best Documentary Feature



The Blood is at the Doorstep Movie Poster


I Got You Babe

Directed by Ashton Avila


Best Narrative Short



Finalists:


Ashton Avila, Director | I Got You Babe

I Got You Babe Poster


Fear Us Women

Directed by David Darg


Best Documentary Short



Fear Us Women Movie Poster


Song of Sway Lake

Directed by Ari Gold


Executive Director’s Award




Eathan Gold, Composer | Song of Sway Lake

Finalists:

Song of Sway Lake Movie Poster


Virginia Minnesota

Directed by Daniel Stine


Director of Programming




Daniel Stine, Director; Rachel Hendrix, actress | Virginia Minnesota

Virginia Minnesota Movie Poster


Canine Soldiers

Directed by Nancy Schiesari


BIFF Year ‘Round
People’s Choice Award


For weeks throughout the year, our film audience gathers to pre-view and review selected BIFF-eligible films. Together they select a winner before BIFF even starts.



Canine Soldiers - Poster


No More Things

Directed by Tobias Bechtloff


Josh Burton Award


A very special friend of BIFF was Josh Burton, who we lost in 2007. As a professional actor, Josh had a successful career on Broadway but returned home to become a driving force in the Greater Beloit arts community. He entertained countless local audiences both as an actor and as a producer as he helped create a professional summer theater company in residence at Beloit College.

In that spirit, the Josh Burton Award acknowledges a film deserving of recognition for bringing something truly special to the stage, or in this case, the screen.



No More Things Movie Poster

No More Things | Tobias Bechtloff, Director

Wisconsin/Illinois Showdown


Aquarians

Directed by Michael McGuire


Best Wisconsin Feature




Ben Fritz, Producer | Aquarians

Aquarians Film Poster - Michael M. McGuire, Director


My Country

Directed by Giancarlo Iannotta


Best Illinois Feature



Finalists:


Giancario Lannotta, Director | My Country

My Country Movie Poster


Mount Liptak

Directed by Ryan Allsop


Best Wisconsin Short



Mount Liptak Poster


Off Book

Directed by Robert Bruce Carter


Best Illinois Short




Robert Bruce Carter, Director | Off Book

Off Book Poster

BIFFY Awards Night

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Peer Canvas Photography and Video

Beloit International Film Festival 2018 Award Winners!

Old Time Radio 2018

 

Turn on and Tune in to Old Time Radio



The Beloit International Film Festival focuses most of its ten days to the work of emerging filmmakers, focusing on the narratives, documentaries and short films they are producing today.

But one of the most popular elements of BIFF in recent years has been a throwback to the past in content and technology. On opening night, leading off the festivities, vintage classic radio becomes the art form of the moment.

State One Theatre CompanyThis year BIFF welcomes the Stage One Theatre Company for a performance of the radio drama, All About Eve. The hour-long performance will be live at La Casa Grande on Fri., Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. It will be simultaneously broadcast live on WCLO Radio replete with music, sound effects and a live studio audience.

Sponsored by Beloit Regional Hospice and WCLO Radio, the free presentation transform the spacious screening venue at La Casa Grande.

All About Eve is based on the Oscar winning 1950 movie starring Bette Davis as a highly regarded but aging Broadway star whose career is threatened by an ambitious young fan who insinuates herself into her life and her personal relationships.

“Vintage radio theatre has become a popular part of BIFF over recent years when they outstanding actors have broadcast Casablanca and the Maltese Falcon,” notes BIFF Executive Director Max Maiken. “It is extremely well done, whether you are introducing another generation to the way live radio used to be produced or taking a trip down memory lane yourself.

“And the nice twist on our production is that if you get there before the ‘ON AIR’ light goes on, you can get a taco and a margarita.”

Stage One Theatre Company

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Damien Patrik | Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence 2018

BIFF Announces Appointment of First Artist-in-Residence

Introducing

Damien Patrik



The Beloit International Film Festival will celebrate the art of filmmaking and help inspire a new generation of artists this year with the establishment of the post of BIFF Artist-in-Residence.

Damien Patrik, a familiar figure at BIFF with his warm demeanor and mane of white hair, will be the first filmmaker to serve in this capacity. A film producer, director and BIFF participant for years, Patrik received the Ken Hendrick’s Award for Excellence in 2016, recognizing his body of work and passion for filmmaking.

He will speak twice during BIFF and will work with young potential filmmakers in the Help Yourself after-school program at Beloit College.


BIFF 2018 Workshops

Saturday Feb. 24th, 2:30 pm