BIFFy Award Winners 2022 | The Beloit International Film Festival

BIFFy Awards 2022

2022 BIFFy Award Winners!

And thank you to…

Sponsors & Partners Our Venue Hosts

2022 BIFFy Award Winners!

And thank you to…

Sponsors & Partners Our Venue Hosts


Best Narrative Feature


Americanish

Directed by Iman Zawahry


Iman Zawahry, Director | Americanish




Best Documentary Feature


The Sound of Us

Directed by Chris Gero


The Sound of Us - Chris Gero




Best Narrative Short


Ian, A Moving Story

Directed by Abel Goldfarb


Ian, A Moving Story- Abel Goldfarb




Best Documentary Short


The Roads Most Traveled

Photojournalist, Don Bartletti
Directed by Bill Wisneski


The Roads Most Traveled - Bill Wisneski




Best Regional Feature

Narratives & Documentaries


Operation Wolf Patrol

Directed by Joe Brown


Joe Brown





Best Regional Short

Narratives & Documentaries


Mittens

Directed by Justin Johnson


Mittens - Justin Johnson





Best Music Video


Everything All At Once

Directed by Gavin Michael Booth


Rent Do - Gavin Michael Booth





The BIFF 2022
Golden Laurels Award


The Six

Directed by Arthur Jones


The Six - Arthur Jones



The Golden Laurels Award, an honor that has only been given once in BIFF history (All the Queen’s Horses, 2018), was presented to the runaway festival hit, The Six. The award is reserved for films that embody excellence in independent filmmaking, as well as outstanding performance at the box office.



Power of Film Award


Synthetic Love

Directed by Sarahy Heitz de Chabaneix


Synthetic Love - Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix


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.



Josh Burton Award
For Creative Excellence


Kafkas

Directed by Nick Blake


Kafkas - Nick Blake


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.


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.


Swing State: The Road to Friendship?

Directed by Bryan Oldenburg


Bryan Oldenburg, Director | Swing State



Pompano Boy

Directed by Andrew Paul Davis


Andrew Paul Davis, Director | Pompano Boy

Executive Director’s Award


Dairyland

Directed by Taylor C Pipes


Dairyland - Taylor C. Pipes


I Want Him Dead

Directed by Daniel Pico


I Want Him Dead - Daniel Pico


President’s Award


Surviving Sex Trafficking

Directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree


Surviving Sex Trafficking - Sadhvi Siddhali Shree


Our BIFF 2022 Honorary Chair

Jeff Livingston


IT IS WITH A GREAT DEAL OF PLEASURE THAT WE ANNOUNCE THAT A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND OF BIFF WILL SERVE AS THIS YEAR’S HONORARY CHAIRPERSON.

Jeff Livingston has been a member of the BIFF Board of Directors for many years, providing all manner of support to the festival, including fundraising, festival operations coordination and legal advice (Jeff is a highly respected local attorney who last worked for the Beloit firm of Collins & Henderson). To say the least, he has devoted countless hours to the festival.


BIFFY Awards Night

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BIFF 2022 FestEve

BIFF FestEve 2022

Now that you have survived Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, ‘tis the night before BIFF.

It’s FestEve.


Thursday February 24th
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Irontek
635 3rd. Street, Beloit
Tickets: $50 per person
Includes: Beer/Wine/Hors d’oeuvres

The evening before the start of the ten-day Beloit International Film Festival, Feb. 24, will bring the community and area leaders and entertainers together for a celebration of BIFF’s seventeenth season.

“After a year of work, FestEve offers a moment to reflect on the impact that BIFF has had on the area, and to highlight what’s coming up,” Says BIFF Executive Director, Greg Gerard. “We will have wonderful refreshments, a short program recognizing some key members of the community, and then some outstanding entertainment”

Evening Lineup

The evening will start with a sumptuous spread of refreshments and beer and wine from G5 Brewing Co. There will be presentations by BIFF’s Honorary Chair Jeff Livingston as well as appearances by a number of BIFF sponsors and partners including Wells Fargo Advisors, Beloit College and the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation.

Now that you have survived Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, ‘tis the night before BIFF.

It’s FestEve.

Thursday February 24th
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Irontek
635 3rd. Street, Beloit
Tickets: $50 per person
Includes: Beer/Wine/Hors d’oeuvres

The evening before the start of the ten-day Beloit International Film Festival, Feb. 24, will bring the community and area leaders and entertainers together for a celebration of BIFF’s seventeenth season.

“After a year of work, FestEve offers a moment to reflect on the impact that BIFF has had on the area, and to highlight what’s coming up,” Says BIFF Executive Director, Greg Gerard. “We will have wonderful refreshments, a short program recognizing some key members of the community, and then some outstanding entertainment”

Evening Lineup

The evening will start with a sumptuous spread of refreshments and beer and wine from G5 Brewing Co. There will be presentations by BIFF’s Honorary Chair Jeff Livingston as well as appearances by a number of BIFF sponsors and partners including Wells Fargo Advisors, Beloit College and the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation.

Brian Morello

Brian Morello

Dir. Center for Entrepreneurship
Beloit College

Jennifer Hall

Jen Hall

Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp.

Jeff Livingston

Jeff Livingston

BIFF 2022
Honorary Chair

Brian Morello

Brian Morello

Dir. Center for Entrepreneurship
Beloit College


Jennifer Hall

Jen Hall

Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp.


Jeff Livingston

Jeff Livingston

BIFF 2022
Honorary Chair


Tickets

Advance tickets required.
Sorry, no tickets at the door.
We expect to sell out on this event.
Just so you know. :-)

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


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.

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

BIFF Year ‘Round | 2020-21

BIFF Year Round


Welcome to BIFF’s weekly independent film series, featuring encore presentations of the festival’s finest films, as well as a lineup of the hottest new film submissions possibly destined to screen at the next BIFF in February. Each week you will be treated to a movie and a Q&A presentation, as well as a chance to be a film critic, review new films and help us pick the Stateline Community Foundation BYR People’s Choice Award!

Sponsored by Stateline Community Foundation

You do not have to worry about purchasing tickets, since BIFF Year ‘Round series screenings are FREE for all members. FSOB members will receive a special login link via email (*see additional info below).

Click on the link to reach the Cinenso site. Sign up for an account the first time you arrive. After that, log into Cinenso. Scroll down to the BIFF logo. Click on that. You will be taken to a page that will have a “Watch” button and a “Join Q&A” button. Click on the “Watch” button to watch the film. After the film is complete, click on the “Join Q&A” button to attend the Q&A, where you will be able to see the filmmakers and the moderator, and you’ll be able to use a messaging component to send questions and comments to the filmmakers.

It’s that easy! Start marking your calendars! Make Wednesday evenings a lot more special with remarkable independent films at BIFF Year ‘Round!

*The special link you received is specific to the email address to which it was sent. When you sign up or log into Cinenso you must use that email address only.

If you have questions or concerns, send an email to service@beloitfilmfest.org, call Greg at 608-302-7554 or call Ana at (773) 818-5010

Create your account

Click on “Event Pass $6.00”

Follow the purchase instructions. When your purchase is complete, you will be taken to the BIFF Year ‘Round page  (on Cinenso) where you will see a button for watching the film and a button to join the Q&A after the film is complete.

Click on the “Watch” button to watch the film. After the film is complete, click on the “Join Q&A” button to attend the Q&A, where you will be able to see the filmmakers and the moderator, and you’ll be able to use a messaging component to send questions and comments to the filmmakers.

If you have questions or concerns, send an email to service@beloitfilmfest.org, call Greg at 608-302-7554 or call Ana at (773) 818-5010

BIFF Year Round


To view a given weeks film:

We will provide you a link to one or more commercial sites that are presenting the film. Allow yourself enough time to view the film before the Filmmaker Q&A via Zoom. We’ll post the film length so you can plan ahead. In some cases if you are a subscriber to Amazon Prime Video or Kanopy, you won’t have to pay to rent it. Other platforms will cost $3 – $4 dollars for a screening.
(Film Society Members. We’re working on how to extend you benefits.)

To participate in the film’s Q&A session with filmmakers:

Here too we will post a link to Zoom and when we will be gathering together. As per usual, BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard will be moderating the conversation with guest filmmaker(s).

Sponsored by Stateline Community Foundation

A Prayer Before Dawn

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2020

About & Trailer (IMDb)

View Film (1 hr 57 min)

Filmmaker Q&A (8/19, 8pm)
Nicolas Simon, film producer and former Beloiter


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

In light of COVID19 public safety cautions we’ve moved BIFF Year ‘Round online. You can now enjoy the BIFF film at a time and location of your convenience and STILL enjoy the opportunity to discuss the film with one or more of the filmmakers along with your friends, neighbors and other BIFF film enthusiasts.

It’s easy to participate.

  1. To view a given weeks film:
    We will provide you a link to one or more commercial sites that are presenting the film. Allow yourself enough time to view the film before the Zoom Q&A. We’ll post the film length so you can plan ahead. In some cases if you are a subscriber to Amazon Prime Video or Kanopy, you won’t have to pay to rent it. Other platforms will cost $3 – $4 dollars for a screening.
    (Film Society Members. We’re working on how to extend you benefits.)
  2. To participate in the film’s Q&A session:
    Here too we will post the Zoom link and time we’ll be gathering together. As per usual, BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard will be moderating the conversation.

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.