BIFF Short Films Spring Surprise

Spring Short Surprise

BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2021-22

Wednesday, June 2nd 6:30 PM, 2021
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit


Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More



Spring Shorts Surprise!

The best of the short films submitted for BIFF 2022 to date and under consideration.


Short films are a perennial favorite among many festival attendees. It’s likely you’re one of the Shorts fans.

We’ve received many submissions already for consideration for inclusion in next years 2022 festival. Here’s your chance to both get a first look as well as provide your personal opinions in helping guide what’s a good fit for our festival and audience. We value the input of you, our knowledgeable BIFF audience.

Join us and let us know what you think.



POMPANO BOY is my 2nd narrative feature, and an ode to my hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida. It’s an exploration of several aspects of my upbringing, which included a megachurch that heralded fostering as a cure to a real local crisis.

In college I joined a living-learning-community that studied orphans and vulnerable children, where I became aware of the damaging, and often hidden psychology experienced by a child separated from their family. While fostering can be a necessary stepping stone, reunification with their biological parent is always healthiest and to be prioritized.

To write this film, I listened to foster parents and former foster children share the messiness of their experiences. I wanted to deconstruct the assumption I grew up with that a couple in ministry is the inherent best place for a foster child. That doesn’t mean that that can’t be a good place, it just means no home is perfect. Children can be failed by imperfect foster parents, and they can be failed by the system—just as they can be failed by a cycle of segregation, poverty and incarceration plaguing a biological parent.

I also wanted to portray the “influencer-ificiation” of society. In POMPANO BOY, the protagonist Art is fired from his large church for divergent views and struggles to find a new job. To solve his problems, he starts a new church with less stability. But in 2019, 2020, 2021… doing your job well isn’t enough—you also have to share online if you expect to grow your venture. This notion of growing an online following comes full circle by the end of the picture.

This film portrays two classes in South Florida, which is not unique to the area. There is the working class which Candace and Ross exist in, and there is the decaying middle class, which Art and Izzy inhabit. In my view, Candace is stuck because of a system which prioritizes incarceration as a corrective measure, damaging her ability to ascend from her conditions.

Who determines why a child should be separated from their parent? Who provides community-care for a struggling parent? How can mental healthcare improve the outcomes of foster children? How can we encourage reunification through preventative social structures rather than setup exorbitant roadblocks?

We finished filming on January 15, 2020, and it has become a strange time capsule of pre-COVID Florida, a state that acts as an individualistic microcosm of an American ideal—work in paradise and pay 0% state income tax. It’s possible that this over-reliance on the private sector to address social-issue-symptoms allows Elijah to slip through the cracks.

BIFF Year 'Round Spring Surprise

Andrew Paul Davis, Director | Pompano BoyAndrew Paul Davis
Director

Andrew Paul Davis is an American filmmaker and songwriter based in Chicago. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 20th, 1994, and has been writing and directing since 2011.

He graduated from Taylor University in 2018 with a BA in Film Production and minors in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. He’s directed over twenty short films and three plays, with festival recognition at the Heartland International Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, and Charlotte Film Festival. His short film “Maya” went on to receive 5 million views on YouTube before being censored from the platform. In college, he wrote and directed eight short films spanning 1929-1999, each film taking place in the final year of their respective decade.

In 2018 he launched One County Film Company with his brother Timothy Mark Davis.

Andrew’s debut feature-length film “Palace” was called “a bittersweet love letter to rural Indiana” and “remarkable debut” by Fort Wayne’s ‘whatzup’ publication. His sophomore feature “Pompano Boy” is slated for a 2021 release.

His debut folk-rock album “For Now” was recorded with producer Bill Baird and friends.

Film Information


Director: Andrew Paul Davis
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min.
Rated: N/A

Credits


Producer: Timothy Mark Davis
Writer: Andrew Paul Davis
Production Company: One County Film Company

Connect With This Film


Pompano Boy - Andrew Paul Davis, Director

Pompano Boy

BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2021-22

Wednesday, May 26th 6:30 PM, 2021
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit


Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More



Pompano Boy

Directed by Andrew Paul Davis
Narrative Feature
USA | 100 min | 2020


A conflicted minister reckons with his marriage and a new foster child. Meanwhile the foster child’s mother tries to get her son back, her past coming back to haunt her.



POMPANO BOY is my 2nd narrative feature, and an ode to my hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida. It’s an exploration of several aspects of my upbringing, which included a megachurch that heralded fostering as a cure to a real local crisis.

In college I joined a living-learning-community that studied orphans and vulnerable children, where I became aware of the damaging, and often hidden psychology experienced by a child separated from their family. While fostering can be a necessary stepping stone, reunification with their biological parent is always healthiest and to be prioritized.

To write this film, I listened to foster parents and former foster children share the messiness of their experiences. I wanted to deconstruct the assumption I grew up with that a couple in ministry is the inherent best place for a foster child. That doesn’t mean that that can’t be a good place, it just means no home is perfect. Children can be failed by imperfect foster parents, and they can be failed by the system—just as they can be failed by a cycle of segregation, poverty and incarceration plaguing a biological parent.

I also wanted to portray the “influencer-ificiation” of society. In POMPANO BOY, the protagonist Art is fired from his large church for divergent views and struggles to find a new job. To solve his problems, he starts a new church with less stability. But in 2019, 2020, 2021… doing your job well isn’t enough—you also have to share online if you expect to grow your venture. This notion of growing an online following comes full circle by the end of the picture.

This film portrays two classes in South Florida, which is not unique to the area. There is the working class which Candace and Ross exist in, and there is the decaying middle class, which Art and Izzy inhabit. In my view, Candace is stuck because of a system which prioritizes incarceration as a corrective measure, damaging her ability to ascend from her conditions.

Who determines why a child should be separated from their parent? Who provides community-care for a struggling parent? How can mental healthcare improve the outcomes of foster children? How can we encourage reunification through preventative social structures rather than setup exorbitant roadblocks?

We finished filming on January 15, 2020, and it has become a strange time capsule of pre-COVID Florida, a state that acts as an individualistic microcosm of an American ideal—work in paradise and pay 0% state income tax. It’s possible that this over-reliance on the private sector to address social-issue-symptoms allows Elijah to slip through the cracks.

Pompano Boy Movie Poster - Andrew Paul Davis, Director

Andrew Paul Davis, Director | Pompano BoyAndrew Paul Davis
Director

Andrew Paul Davis is an American filmmaker and songwriter based in Chicago. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 20th, 1994, and has been writing and directing since 2011.

He graduated from Taylor University in 2018 with a BA in Film Production and minors in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. He’s directed over twenty short films and three plays, with festival recognition at the Heartland International Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, and Charlotte Film Festival. His short film “Maya” went on to receive 5 million views on YouTube before being censored from the platform. In college, he wrote and directed eight short films spanning 1929-1999, each film taking place in the final year of their respective decade.

In 2018 he launched One County Film Company with his brother Timothy Mark Davis.

Andrew’s debut feature-length film “Palace” was called “a bittersweet love letter to rural Indiana” and “remarkable debut” by Fort Wayne’s ‘whatzup’ publication. His sophomore feature “Pompano Boy” is slated for a 2021 release.

His debut folk-rock album “For Now” was recorded with producer Bill Baird and friends.

Film Information


Director: Andrew Paul Davis
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 100 min.
Rated: N/A

Credits


Producer: Timothy Mark Davis
Writer: Andrew Paul Davis
Production Company: One County Film Company

Connect With This Film


Swing State | The Road To Friendship, Bryan Oldenburg, Director

Swing State: The Road to Friendship

BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2021-22

Wednesday, May 19th 6:30 PM, 2021
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit


Sat Feb 22, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More



Swing State: The Road to Friendship?

Directed by Bryan Oldenburg
Documentary Feature
USA | 102 min | 2021


America, in general, and Wisconsin, in particular, have seen politics drift to alarming extremes, with cries from one side of “Neo-Fascism,” and cries of “Neo-Marxism” from the other. With the heart seemingly growing cold across the country (perpetuating a vicious cycle of fake news, vile accusations and outright violence), one wonders if the road to friendship is an idealistic concept of a Mayberry long gone. In this sequel to SWING STATE, we literally hit the road to Friendship (a small village in the center of America’s Dairyland), to see if old fashioned neighborliness is still attainable in this deeply fractured nation. We visit a handful of other places along the way (as we did in Part 1 of the Series), including Janesville, Beloit, Mauston and Milwaukee. We meet some outliers, if you will, who counter the philosophy that one side needs to crush the other (as was the case in the first Civil War), and actually strive for meaningful discussion, peace and reconciliation. Sooner or later, we will have to come back together again, in order for America to survive as we know it. In SWING STATE, The Road To Friendship, we witness some authentic attempts at reaching that long-forgotten concept called The Brotherhood of Man.



I’ve lived in the Beloit area all my life and attended Beloit College in the mid-80s (thus making me a “Townie/Gownie,” as the campus affectionately tagged such people). I’ve been interested in politics since my late teenage years, especially the political scene in Chicago (to my South) and Madison (to the North). Election 2016 was really a politico’s dream, with a couple of polarizing candidates, who helped prove, once again, that America’s Dairyland plays an enormous role as a swing state. Interestingly enough, Wisconsin was decided by a razor-thin 22,000 votes—the same amount Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, got. I found it rather odd that Hillary Clinton decided not to visit Wisconsin once during the primaries, and I asked citizens to comment on this fact during interviews.

I started my journey at The Women’s March in Madison, where the atmosphere was predictably electric. The cast of characters (as with all the places in my film) was ideal for documentary filmmaking, both for their passion and intelligence. My goal was to strike a balance between left and right leaning views, as I continued through Beloit, Baraboo, Kenosha, Fond du Lac and Ripon (in the first film) to Janesville, Mauston, Friendship and Milwaukee (in the second). Both by way of research and travel, I discovered many things about a place I thought I knew much better. I hope you, too, learn a lot about my home state, as you listen to folks giving their take on the most interesting election of my lifetime. With the Democrats bringing their convention to Milwaukee in 2020, the interest can only continue to grow, and all eyes will be set on Wisconsin as one of a handful of important swing states.

Swing State | The Road To Friendship, Bryan Oldenburg, Director

Bryan Oldenburg, Director | Swing StateBryan Oldenburg
Director

Bryan Oldenburg began Radio Broadcasting right out of Beloit College, then entered the world of Television Commercials about ten years after that. His latest foray into Documentary Filmmaking started roughly 8 years ago with THE MINDSET MOVIE, which told the story of The Beloit College Mindset List (a chronicle of Freshman thinking throughout the decades). In SWING STATE, he teams up with veteran cinematographer, Dan Klopp, of both Milwaukee and Madison notoriety, plus welcomes in master musician, Ryan Thomas Becker, who won “Best Guitarist in Texas” a few years ago (no small accomplishment). Award-winning Associate Producer, Jim Peterson (THE YUPPIE, DARKWING DUCK, KIM POSSIBLE, etc.) comes onboard yet again to offer his brilliant insights in SWING STATE— an endeavor that is likely to become a 3-Part series, once the Democrats bring their convention to Milwaukee.

Film Information


Director: Bryan Oldenburg
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 102 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Jim Peterson
Writer: Bryan Oldenburg
Cinematography: Dan Klopp
Music: Ryan Thomas Becker

Connect With This Film


Dave Lundahl | Lewis Koch photo

In Memory | Dave Lundahl

Dave Lundahl was an original. He never stopped creating and sharing his complicated and provocative art with the public, whether over late-night animated conversations in town or at New Light Studios at his rebuilt Beloit farm where he died in January.

Snappy D. Turtle

News Release | Snappy! BIFF 2021 Honorary Chair

Snappy, beloved mascot of the Beloit Snappers for decades, will begin his “Farewell Tour” in February as Honorary Chair of BIFF2021. He will join a long and distinguished list of filmmakers and promoters in that hallowed post.

2020 BIFFy Award Winners | Beloit International Film Festival, Peer Canvas pic

BIFFY Award Night 2020

2020 BIFFy Awards Presentation Event

2020 BIFFy Award Winners!

Sponsored by:

Blackhawk Bank
Collins & Henderson, LLC

And thank you to…

Volunteers Sponsors & Partners Venue Hosts

Stephanie Klett | Honorary Chair, BIFF 2020

Our BIFF 2020 Honorary Chair

Stephanie Klett


Klett first helped to market and promote the Beloit International Film Festival in 2006 when she was Host of Discover Wisconsin Television and Radio. She asked her co-host Rick Rose, whom she had become friends with as theater majors at Beloit College, to join in on the promotion.

“That first festival had so much energy and excitement,” Klett said. “It put Beloit on the map as a place for serious filmmakers to go and elevated our community in a way that is almost unquantifiable. I am thrilled to be the Honorary Chair for the 15th Anniversary.



When All That’s Left Is Love

Directed by Eric Gordon


Eric Gordon - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

The BIFF 2020
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.



When All That's Left Is Love | Eric Gordon, Director




Finalists:

  • Bullied
  • Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?
  • Unprescribed
  • Torn Apart


Sex, Drugs and Bicycles

Directed by Jonathan Blank


Jonathan Blank - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Josh Burton Award
For Creative Excellence


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.



Sex Drugs & Bicycles - Poster




Finalists:

  • In Bright Axiom
  • Around The Sun
  • Work Songs
  • Cerulean Blue


The Grizzlies

Directed by Miranda de Pencier


Best Narrative Feature



Award Winners 2019 | Beloit International Film Festival




Finalists:

  • Film

Grizzlies - Poster


Decoding The Driftless

Directed by Jonas Stenstrom


Best Documentary Feature



Award Winners 2019 | Beloit International Film Festival




Finalists:

  • Films

Decoding the Driftless -POSTER


Unicorns

Directed by Candice Carella


Candice, Hilary & Caity - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Narrative Short





Finalists:

  • Honor Among Thieves
  • Honey & Jerome Forever
  • Indimenticabile
  • Each Other

Unicorns - Poster


Shift Change

Directed by Bill Roach


Bill Roach - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Documentary Short





Finalists:

  • Will To Live
  • Sold Down The River
  • Lost Boys of Chicago
  • Jalil and Khalil

Shift Change - Bill Roach


This Is My Home

Directed by Karl Nickoley


Karl Nickoley - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

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.



This Is My Home | Black Donnellys - Movie Poster



Finalists:

  • Jhalki
  • Love Them First
  • The SixTripleEight
  • The Faces That Never Fade

Sponsored by:


Stateline Community Foundation


Will

Directed by Rick Rose


Rick Rose - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

The BIFF 2020
Golden Laurels Award



Will - Poster



Finalists:

  • No Small Matter
  • The Faces That Never Fade
  • Champion: The Story of K Cancer
  • Farfalle Bianche


Francis Ferguson

Directed by Bob Byington


Executive Director’s Award



Award Winners 2019 | Beloit International Film Festival




Finalists:

  • Films

Frances Ferguson - Poster


From Seed To Seed

Directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer


Katharina Stieffenhofer - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

President’s Award





Finalists:

  • Minor Key
  • Love Them First
  • In Colors
  • Arcangel

From Seed to Seed | Katharina Stieffenhofer, Director

Wisconsin/Illinois Showdown


Survival Guide

Directed by Fritzy


Fritzy - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Wisconsin Feature





Finalists:

  • Decoding The Driftless
  • The Field
  • Swing State
  • My First And Last Film

Survival Guide - poster


Sun King

Directed by Marcus Aubin


Marcus Aubin - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Illinois Feature





Finalists:

  • Book of Birdie

Sun King - Poster


Fraser Syndrome & Me

Directed by Kyle Anne Grendys


Kyle Anne Grendys - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Wisconsin Short





Finalists:

  • Amateur Night
  • Orin & Kepa
  • Stolen Apes
  • Punch Me

Fraser Syndrome & Me - Poster


Cool For Five Seconds

Directed by Dani Wieder


Dani Wieder - 2020 BIFFy Award Winner | Beloit International Film Festival

Best Illinois Short





Finalists:

  • Fuzzy Legs
  • A Missed Connection
  • Home
  • Bird Of Paradise

Cool for Five Seconds | Mary Tilden

BIFFY Awards Night

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Peer Canvas Photography and Video
BIFF Classroom 2020

Kids@BIFF 2020 Gallery

For the eleventh straight year BIFF, in partnership with the School District of Beloit, presents its annual Kids@BIFF – BIFF Classroom.

Joanna Kutter Fine Art | Beloit International Film Festival

Joanna Kutter Artwork

The Beloit International Film Festival has grown and thrives through the combined efforts and contributions of many individuals. Joanna Kutter has been key to our establishment.

Light Pole Banners | The Beloit International Film Festival

Downtown Street Lamp Banners

Leading up to and through the festival this season, attendees will likely notice a little additional Downtown Beloit BIFF Bling. Beloit BIFF Bling. Rolls off the tongue nicely, yes?

The Princess Bride

News Release | BIFF Classic Film – The Princess Bride

The BIFF Classic Film event annually closes BIFF on a high note. Made possible—and made free– by First National Bank and Trust Company, it is always a sellout.

Blues Brothers | Aretha Franklin

News Release | BIFF Sing-A-Long – Blues Brothers

BIFF 2020 Sing-A-Long | The Blues Brothers are back and BIFF is joining them on a mission from God.

Grizzlies | BIFF Cares 2020

New Release | BIFF Cares Inspiring Film Series 2020

BIFF CARES Film Series in Cooperation With Beloit Health System To Screen Inspiring Films .

Discover Wisconsin Beloit

Discover Wisconsin 2020 – Beloit

Discover Wisconsin is the nation’s longest running tourism TV show that features destinations throughout Wisconsin. The most recent episode was filmed in Beloit.

Stage One Theatre Company | Beloit International Film Festival

News Release | Sunset Boulevard, Vintage Radio Play 2020

Again this year, The Beloit International Film Festival will celebrate another form of media on its opening night when it goes on the radio.

Steamboat Bill Jr. | Buster Keaton

News Release | Silent Film – Buster Keaton with BMHS Jazz Orchestra

For fifteen years, one of the most popular special events at the Beloit International Film Festival has been the matching of musical and cinematic talent in the Silent Film Showcase.

Kids @ BIFF 2018

News Release | BIFF Classroom Brings The Power of Film to Students

Since its inception, BIFF has been aware that the best way to thrive in any community is to give something back.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride – Classic Film 2020

The Princess Bride

BIFF 2020 Classic Film


Date: Sunday Mar. 1, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eclipse Center
Tickets: FREE


Sponsored by:


First National Bank and Trust

The Princess Bride

BIFF 2020 Classic Film

Date: Sunday Mar. 1, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eclipse Center
Tickets: FREE

Sponsored by:

First National Bank and Trust

Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.



A 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest.

Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.

The film essentially preserves the novel’s narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage).

Continue reading at Wikipedia

Wikipedia

The Princess Bride


My name is Inigo Montoya

You killed my father. Prepare to die.



The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 15th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, media sponsor partner WTVO/WQRF and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.

My name is Inigo Montoya

You killed my father. Prepare to die.

The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 15th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, media sponsor partner WTVO/WQRF and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.

BIFF FestEve 2020

News Release | FestEve 2020

BIFF FestEve 2020 | The party of the year—or in this case fifteen years—is set to launch the fifteenth anniversary season of the Beloit International Film Festival.

BIFF 2020 Sponsors Team

News Release | The 2020 Sponsors Team Photo

The BIFF 2020 Team Photo. We are exceedingly proud and appreciative of our festival sponsors supporting this International Film Festival, right here in Beloit Wisconsin.

Beloit International Film Festival 2019

News Release | WTVO/WQRF Partner on Media Sponsorship

BIFF is thrilled to announce their new media sponsor WTVO 17/WQRF 39 Television. This multi-station partnership is such a great fit for our festival.

BIFF FestEve

BIFF FestEve 2020

Party With Us

Thursday February 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
IronTek – 635 3rd. Street, Beloit

BIFF FestEve Flourish

Join us for this special celebration of 15 years
of the international film festival
located right here in…


Beloit Wisconsin



We have much to be proud of…and grateful for…as we approach this milestone.

And with that in mind it would be fitting to bring back a long-time BIFF tradition once known as Launch & Laurels.

Stephanie Klett | Honorary Chair, BIFF 2020We’ll feature great food and beverages, friendly socializing, sharing of BIFF memories, and a program that will include presentations by Honorary Chairperson, Stephanie Klett, the BIFF Founders, Becky Rogers, Ron Nief and Rod Beaudoin, a performance by Irish music duo and documentary filmmakers, the Black Donnellys, accompanied by the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.

Diane HendricksAdditionally we will hear remarks from founding co-sponsor and key to BIFF’s success, Diane Hendricks.

TICKETS:

See online ordering below.
$30 individual, $240 table of eight.

This Is My Home | The Movie, The Black Donnellys


This Is My Home | Black Donnellys - Movie Poster

Live Performance By:

The Black Donnellys

Featured in the one of this years most popular films:

This Is My Home

And accompanied by:

The Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra

Wells Fargo Advisors
 

Join us for this special celebration of 15 years
of the international film festival
located right here in…


Beloit Wisconsin



We have much to be proud of…and grateful for…as we approach this milestone.

And with that in mind it would be fitting to bring back a long-time BIFF tradition once known as Launch & Laurels.

Stephanie Klett | Honorary Chair, BIFF 2020We’ll feature great food and beverages, friendly socializing, sharing of BIFF memories, and a program that will include presentations by Honorary Chairperson, Stephanie Klett, the BIFF Founders, Becky Rogers, Ron Nief and Rod Beaudoin, a performance by Irish music duo and documentary filmmakers, the Black Donnellys, accompanied by the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.

Diane HendricksIn addition we will hear from founding co-sponsor and key to BIFF’s success, Diane Hendricks.


This Is My Home | The Movie, The Black Donnellys


This Is My Home | Black Donnellys - Movie Poster

Live Performance By:

The Black Donnellys

Featured in the one of this years most popular films:

This Is My Home

And accompanied by:

The Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra

Wells Fargo Advisors
 

Ron Nief, Rod Beaudoin, Becky Rogers, Joanna Kutter

We’re putting the band back together.
The four founding pillars of BIFF have all been released to join us for the event.


Ron Nief, Rod Beaudoin, Becky Rogers & Joanna Kutter

Tickets:


  • $30 each
  • Table of eight: $240
  • Purchase:
    • Online here
    • Stop by the BIFF Box Office
      IronTek – 634 3rd. St. Beloit


Limited capacity, first come first served, we expect this event to sell out.
Just so you’re aware. ;-)



Heavy appetizers, beer, and wine.


BIFF Reveal Party Hors d' Oeuvres


BIFF FestEve Flourish
About The Beloit International Film Festival BIFF’s Community Support About The BIFFY Award (2019) What Filmmakers Have To Say About BIFF

Tickets:


  • $30 each
  • Table of eight: $240
  • Purchase:
    • Online here
    • Stop by the BIFF Box Office
      IronTek – 635 3rd. St. Beloit


Limited capacity, first come first served, we expect this event to sell out.
Just so you’re aware. ;-)



Heavy appetizers, beer, and wine.


BIFF Reveal Party Hors d' Oeuvres

About The Beloit International Film Festival BIFF’s Community Support About The BIFFY Award (2019) What Filmmakers Have To Say About BIFF
BIFF FestEve Flourish
BIFF Stew | January 2020

BIFF STEW for January 2020

Let us be the first to wish you a HAPPY BIFF YEAR. You can smell it in the air—Feb. 21 to March 1….wow, that’s like…tomorrow!

BIFF Classroom (Programs for Kids)

BIFF Classroom


Into The Outdoors Workshop


Explore the behind the scenes of media storytelling!



Student Filmmakers Showcase


Learn the how-to of storytelling through filmmaking!



Kids@BIFF


The fun way for learning critical thinking on media consumption!



Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie+


Hey, it’s Saturday morning. Let’s have some fun!


 


Explore the behind the scenes of media storytelling!

Into The Outdoors Workshop

Sponsored by: Discover MediaWorks


Discover Mediaworks Logo

A professional crew from the Emmy Award winning program Into The Outdoors, produced by Discover Mediaworks will share their talents with students. During the session students will learn about performing in front of a camera and possibly get a shot at hosting a future episode.

  • Date: Saturday Feb. 29, 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 12-16
  • Location: Career Tek

To Participate:


No registration required.
We can accommodate up to sixty kids and it’s first come first seated.
There’s always the possibility of a sell out so keep that in mind and perhaps arrive a little early.



Hendricks CareerTek | 625 3rd Street, #200, Beloit WI
262-203-3942


Hendricks CareerTek Front Door




Into The Outdoors logo“Into the Outdoors” aims to get kids to want to go outside to explore, discover and understand the natural world around them.

Part science lesson and part travelogue, the show not only tells viewers that they should help with energy conservation, it also explains why energy conservation is important. The young explorers featured on the show uncover the science behind sensible solutions to creating a healthy planet. But it’s not all about science, there’s craziness and laughter mixed in, because — well — learning should be fun. Each episode has a classroom curriculum created and available for educators and homeschoolers.

Into the Outdoors is an Emmy-winning youth television series broadcast on 22 stations across 7 states and is now available for streaming on YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Smart TV, Chromecast, and mobile devices. All our science videos and standards-aligned lesson activities can be found on our website, intotheoutdoors.org.

Discover Mediaworks LogoDiscover Mediaworks is a family-owned strategic communications and media production company rooted in the heart of the Midwest.

Our company was founded in 1987 with just one product, firmly focused on a single vision: To help an entire region Discover Wisconsin on the most impactful medium of the time – broadcast television. Over the past 32 years, we’ve expanded this vision to help many different brands tell their stories on a variety of mediums. We do more than knock out award-winning TV shows. From strategy and storyboarding to cinematography and post-production, our crew produces a wide variety of branded content and commercial films. However, no matter how we evolve and grow, we still stay true to our simple, yet meaningful mission to ignite your story.

More information about our work and brands can be found on our website discovermediaworks.com.

A professional crew from the Emmy Award winning program Into The Outdoors, produced by Discover Mediaworks will share their talents with students.

During the session students will learn about performing in front of a camera and possibly get a shot at hosting a future episode.

  • Date: Saturday Feb. 29, 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 12-16
  • Location: Career Tek

To Participate:


No registration required.
We can accommodate up to sixty kids and it’s first come first seated.
There’s always the possibility of a sell out so keep that in mind and perhaps arrive a little early.



Hendricks CareerTek | 625 3rd Street, #200, Beloit WI
262-203-3942


Hendricks CareerTek Front Door



Into The Outdoors logo“Into the Outdoors” aims to get kids to want to go outside to explore, discover and understand the natural world around them.

Part science lesson and part travelogue, the show not only tells viewers that they should help with energy conservation, it also explains why energy conservation is important. The young explorers featured on the show uncover the science behind sensible solutions to creating a healthy planet. But it’s not all about science, there’s craziness and laughter mixed in, because — well — learning should be fun. Each episode has a classroom curriculum created and available for educators and homeschoolers.

Into the Outdoors is an Emmy-winning youth television series broadcast on 22 stations across 7 states and is now available for streaming on YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Smart TV, Chromecast, and mobile devices. All our science videos and standards-aligned lesson activities can be found on our website, intotheoutdoors.org.

Discover Mediaworks LogoDiscover Mediaworks is a family-owned strategic communications and media production company rooted in the heart of the Midwest.

Our company was founded in 1987 with just one product, firmly focused on a single vision: To help an entire region Discover Wisconsin on the most impactful medium of the time – broadcast television. Over the past 32 years, we’ve expanded this vision to help many different brands tell their stories on a variety of mediums. We do more than knock out award-winning TV shows. From strategy and storyboarding to cinematography and post-production, our crew produces a wide variety of branded content and commercial films. However, no matter how we evolve and grow, we still stay true to our simple, yet meaningful mission to ignite your story.

More information about our work and brands can be found on our website discovermediaworks.com.


Learn the how-to of storytelling through filmmaking!

Student Filmmakers Showcase


CareerTek | Stateline Community Foundation | Peer Canvas

The Beloit International Film Festival is excited to announce the revival of its popular community outreach program, the BIFF Student Filmmaker Showcase!

It’s a great opportunity for students (grades 8th – 12th) to collaborate with professional filmmakers and learn how to make movies with mobile phones that look like…well…movies!!

The program will be comprised of five consecutive Wednesdays starting on January 29, 2020. Sessions will begin at 4pm at Hendricks CareerTek in Beloit and will include snacks and soft drinks, followed by instruction provided by Beloit filmmakers Marjorie and Brenton Driscoll of Peer Canvas.

Students will learn how to write, direct and edit as they complete their 5 minute short films. During the 5th session on February 26, students and their friends and family will be invited to gather at Bushel & Peck’s, a BIFF festival venue in downtown Beloit, where all of the finished films will be screened and discussed. And finally, one lucky film will be given a Student Filmmaker Showcase BIFFY Award!

The program will be limited to 20 students, so its important to sign up as soon as possible if you’re
interested in participating.

      • Deadline to register: Fri. Jan. 24th, 2020
      • Class starts: Wed. Jan. 29th, 2020
      • Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Completed Student Showcase films will be screened for the public

  • Wednesday Feb. 26, 6:00 pm, Bushel & Pecks
  • FREE Event

To participate:




Hendricks CareerTek | 625 3rd Street, #200, Beloit WI
262-203-3942


Hendricks CareerTek Front Door



Supporting the kids


Hendricks CareerTek

Derrick Carter | Susan Day | Hendricks CareerTek

Supporting the kids


Stateline Community Foundation

Our Friends at Stateline Community Foundation

Supporting the kids


Peer Canvas Photography & Films

Marjorie & Brenton Driscoll | Peer Canvas

The Student Filmmakers Showcase

The Beloit International Film Festival is excited to announce the revival of its popular community outreach program, the BIFF Student Filmmaker Showcase!

It’s a great opportunity for students (grades 8th – 12th) to collaborate with professional filmmakers and learn how to make movies with mobile phones that look like…well…movies!!

The program will be comprised of five consecutive Wednesdays starting on January 29, 2020. Sessions will begin at 4pm at Hendricks CareerTek in Beloit and will include snacks and soft drinks, followed by instruction provided by Beloit filmmakers Marjorie and Brenton Driscoll of Peer Canvas.

Students will learn how to write, direct and edit as they complete their 5 minute short films. During the 5th session on February 26, students and their friends and family will be invited to gather at Bushel & Peck’s, a BIFF festival venue in downtown Beloit, where all of the finished films will be screened and discussed. And finally, one lucky film will be given a Student Filmmaker Showcase BIFFY Award!

The program will be limited to 20 students, so its important to sign up as soon as possible if you’re
interested in participating.

  • Deadline to register: Fri. Jan. 24th, 2020
  • Class starts: Wed. Jan. 29th, 2020
  • Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Completed Student Showcase films will be screened for the public

  • Wednesday Feb. 26, 6:00 pm, Bushel & Pecks
  • FREE Event

To participate:

Hendricks CareerTek | 625 3rd Street, #200, Beloit WI
262-203-3942

Hendricks CareerTek Front Door

Supporting the kids


Hendricks CareerTek

Derrick Carter | Susan Day | Hendricks CareerTek

Supporting the kids


Stateline Community Foundation

Our Friends at Stateline Community Foundation

Supporting the kids


Peer Canvas Photography & Films

Marjorie & Brenton Driscoll | Peer Canvas

Kids@BIFF

The fun way for learning critical thinking on media consumption!

Kids@BIFF


For the eleventh straight year BIFF, in partnership with the School District of Beloit, presents its annual Kids@BIFF – BIFF Classroom.

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 area students take part in this popular annual program.



Kids FirstKIDS FIRST! trains kids to become film and TV critics, interviewers and influencers. We provide coaches, editors and technical personnel to teach and assist our reporters in developing their skills, talents, dreams and goals in the far-reaching world of media.

Learning and Fun Can Be One!

While you are watching and reviewing films, your parents and teachers will love the skills that you are honing such as…

  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Improved writing skills
  • Develop oral skills through interviewing celebrities on the red carpet and at press junkets
  • Building self-esteem as they learn and grow
  • Learning how to view all media with a critical eye
  • Acquiring team building skills as they work collaboratively with other KIDS FIRST! reporters
  • Improved vocabulary to make their reviews more interesting
  • Improved listening skills in order to have the best possible interview


Kids First!
2020 Films for BIFF Classroom



Kids@BIFF


For the eleventh straight year BIFF, in partnership with the School District of Beloit, presents its annual Kids@BIFF – BIFF Classroom.

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 area students take part in this popular annual program.



Kids FirstKIDS FIRST! trains kids to become film and TV critics, interviewers and influencers. We provide coaches, editors and technical personnel to teach and assist our reporters in developing their skills, talents, dreams and goals in the far-reaching world of media.

Learning and Fun Can Be One!

While you are watching and reviewing films, your parents and teachers will love the skills that you are honing such as…

  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Improved writing skills
  • Develop oral skills through interviewing celebrities on the red carpet and at press junkets
  • Building self-esteem as they learn and grow
  • Learning how to view all media with a critical eye
  • Acquiring team building skills as they work collaboratively with other KIDS FIRST! reporters
  • Improved vocabulary to make their reviews more interesting
  • Improved listening skills in order to have the best possible interview


Kids First!
2020 Films for BIFF Classroom





Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie+


Hey, it’s Saturday morning. Let’s have some fun!


Beloit Public Library

Saturday Feb. 22, Noon



Elena and the Shadow

Indie Short Film


Elena and the Shadow


Little Mermaid

Feature Presentation


The Little Mermaid Movie Poster

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie+

Hey, it’s Saturday morning. Let’s have some fun!

Beloit Public Library

Saturday Feb. 22, Noon

Elena and the Shadow

Indie Short Film

Elena and the Shadow

Little Mermaid

Feature Presentation

The Little Mermaid Movie Poster

Saturday Feb. 29, Noon

Elena and the Shadow

Indie Short Film

Elena and the Shadow

Cars

Feature Presentation

Cars Movie Poster


SLU & CLR

Throughout the year, BIFF also reaches out to local seniors and retirees by way of the Beloit College Society for Learning Unlimited program (SLU) and the Rock Valley College Center for Learning in Retirement program (CLR), where BIFF staff shares an inside look at how a film festival works, and previews new independent film submissions.


Beloit Public Library

Shift Change

Triple Feature 2020

Triple Feature

Fri Feb 21, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

Screening Added

Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande

 

BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival