Film Submission are CLOSED
for BIFF 2021!

Our 16th Season
Friday Feb. 19 – Sunday Feb. 28, 2021

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2021 – HIDDEN

Really, it’s the most involvement I’ve had with any festival and it really made me appreciate both your support of my film and the lively minds that I was able to engage with. Keep up the great work. I know it’s endless but it is loaded with meaning for the filmmakers. You brought out our voice and allowed us the energy of our work.
Stephen Keep Mills
Love Is Not Love

What our 2019 guest filmmakers had to say

The festival was far above my expectations. I was able to attend the festival from start to finish and can say, without question, that the hospitality that the Beloit festival staff and volunteers show their filmmakers is greatest I’ve experienced. The city is lovely to explore and the restaurants are fantastic (shout out to Bushel & Peck’s). The selection of films I was able to see were very enjoyable and represented a broad range of subject matter, filmmaking style and filmmakers. I really enjoyed connecting with other filmmakers and the networking events and workshops. Would definitely return even if not screening at Beloit.

This festival was absolutely fantastic. I attended as an international filmmaker and was looked after so well by the whole team. Everyone involved in the festival is passionate and really invested in making it an event to be proud of and really excellently run… I loved the city, so many places to enjoy good food and great cocktails. The ‘after dark’ parties were great fun and so much to do. I cannot express enough how well looked after we felt and all round what a fantastic festival this was to be a part of… I recommend to everyone thinking about it, to submit and attend as the whole event, the audiences, the engaging QandA’s, the whole team’s hospitality and fun you will have here is second to none. Thanks to all… Hope to be back soon!

The staff of BIFF is exceptionally accommodating! Immediately upon arriving in the town, my lead actors and I were given a tour of the historic downtown area. Our first screening was held in a banquet-type room of an Italian restaurant and I would estimate that over 100 people were there. They actually had to bring in more chairs to accommodate everyone! This was a refreshing change of pace from most fests – where screenings are often attended only by a few other festival filmmakers. The citizens of Beloit really seem to appreciate the fact that something cool is happening in there town and come out for it in force. The Beloit International Film Fest rocks!

BIFF made me proud to be from Wisconsin. Fantastic festival from communication with filmmakers to screening. Had a chance to do some networking. The entire BIFF team, volunteers, and Beloit community make this festival top tier. The community gets behind this festival 100%. The best I’ve attended. Hope to be back next year.

Beloit International is a great little festival with a dedicated audience. The community really shows up in force to support the films and pack the venues. The folks running the fest couldn’t be nicer and the communication is top notch. They know how to support indie film!

Surprised and delighted by the quality of programming and hospitality here! Beloit’s a great place to check out for a few days, and the volunteers are the most above-and-beyond I’ve experienced. I saw about 6 features and they were all excellent

BIFF is a fantastic festival. They program great films, are very hospitable with filmmakers and the people in Beloit really come out to support independent film and buy tickets. I’ve met amazing filmmakers each time I’ve come, and hope to return in the future.

#Whatcanwesayyesto – The phrase that defines an exceptional film festival and the staff/volunteers who work tirelessly to turn moments into memories that live on long after the festival ends. AND… SEEN is thrilled to be part of the BIFF family and we highly recommend you submit your films!!

An absolutely fantastic festival and a very fine time. I loved it. Big festival in a small town — first rate, first class!

Excellent communication and hospitality. What a great festival, we had a blast!

Great festival, super friendly and organized. Sorry we were unable to make the super-long trip. Thank you for screening our film!

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What our 2018 guest filmmakers had to say

Empty Space - James Choi, Director

Great festival in the Midwest! A gathering of talented filmmakers, great films and engaged audiences put together by a top notch staff. They curate great films and make sure that the festival is about the films/filmmakers. They even go the extra mile to provide exposure and press for the films! Just a great overall experience with warm hospitality. After my first experience there, it’s definitely on my list of festivals to hit up throughout the year.

Wink - Monika Petrillo, Director

All the rumors I had heard proved true: a cute town, very dedicated film festival team, great venues, fun parties every night, great hospitality, excellent selection of films and wonderfully appreciative and thoughtful audiences. Thank you so much for inviting me and my short film WINK!

A Pact Among Angels - Directed by Richard Angers

What a nice festival int this charming town! The expertise here is extraordinary. Great selection of films, team dedicated to the filmmakers, mindful audience, amazing Q&A… Don’t hesitate to register for 2019!

Ari Gold

A really wonderful, warm regional festival with enthusiastic crowds and good networking for other regional festivals and press; cool and helpful programmers – really everything you could ask for. Thank you!

Tater Tot & Patton - Andrew Kightlinger, Director

BIFF was one of the most attentive, sublime film festivals I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. They care about the filmmakers and give the film an unrivaled amount of TLC.

We really enjoyed our time at BIFF, and saw some other thought provoking and engaging films. The venues were interesting and accommodating, and locations were ideal. We’ll definitely be back!

Ben Fritz | Producer - Aquarians

Great Audiences await you in the charming city of Beloit.  This well organized festival is centered in a few blocks of the downtown area, making getting from venue to venue a breeze.  As Wisconsin filmmakers, we really appreciate a festival that supports locals and if you’re one, this is one not to miss.  That said, it was a joy and pleasure to mingle with filmmakers from around the world too.  Big shout out to BIFF, well done.

No More Things - Directed by Tobias Bechtloff

This festival reminds me of what filmmaking can and should sometimes be: rock´n´roll! And a festival that reminds you of why you are doing what you are doing! A festival-enthusiasm that can not be put in words and a festival spirit that you thought would and could not exsist …unless you have been to Beloit. I am very thankful to be able to have met such a mindful audience, saw such great films, have been assisted by such a great organisation, was helped by fantastic volunteers and enjoyed a superb hospitality! And lots of filmakers to hang out with. All of this from the second I touched down until the minute I left. BIFF is so far ahead its standing right behind you!

Timothy Busfield | Director - One Smart Fellow

A great festival, with great people running it. Loved the audiences.
Thank you, Beloit!
The Sushi was amazing.

A Beautiful Day | Angeliki Giannakopoulos

It was really an honor to be part of a festival that respected and supported filmmakers in such a huge way, and I hope to be back again with another project.


I was so impressed by the high caliber of films in the 2016 BIFF program, the audience participation was phenomenal at each screening, and the hospitality of the festival was amazing. I’ll definitely submit again to BIFF!

Among the Believers - Hemal Trivedi

All the organizers including, Rod, Allyse, Adam were amazing! Very warm, very funny and very giving. I was touched by the warmth of the hospitality and love. Also, the hotel in which I stayed was amazing too! I am really really grateful to the festival for giving me such a wonderful experience and giving my film such an amazing audience. Thank you!

In the Blink - Damien Patrik

After screening my films in over 180 film festivals across the country, I can say without reservation that Beloit is one of the best-great organization, a staff that always goes the extra mile, audiences that intelligently engage and a charming Wisconsin town all add up to an event that I look forward to attending again and again.

Cold Nights Hot Salsa | Edwin Gailits

Few festivals come close to BIFF when it comes to being well organized, friendly and fun to attend. Small town friendly meets big city festival expertise. The town makes you feel like you’re a visiting rock star, while the festival allows you to feel like you are part of the BIFF family. Not to be missed.

This film festival has so much heart and love for cinema. Everyone I met there was a friend of the filmmaker and of the independent, story-driven films selected. I will always call BIFF home!

Clarence - Kristin Catalano

I thought downtown Beloit was adorable, and the film patrons and BIFF staff were just as endearing! It was also super cool to see local businesses graciously open up their doors as venues. Both of my screenings were very cozy and intimate, and I felt like I was talking to a group of my good friends at the Q&As!

Fools - Benjamin Meyers

Beloit took me by surprise with its enthusiastic, engaged audiences. People showed up to screenings, stayed for the Q&A, and asked smart questions. It’s an adventurous crowd. The festival staff works hard to publicize their events. And they make filmmakers feel at home. You really can’t ask for more than that from a festival.

Strongroom - Megan St John

The team at BIFF was amazing. They made us feel very welcomed and did a wonderful job putting the festival together.

Recognizing & Celebrating
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Filmmakers Hospitality Lounge

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439 E. Grand Ave.
Downtown Beloit

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The hospitality lounge is reserved for filmmakers and press.

Film Selection

Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) films are drawn from a variety of sources including Withoutabox, film competitions, other film festivals, staff research, the film selection committee, and suggestions to committee members and to the website. BIFF makes every effort to broadly announce the festival and submission guidelines and deadlines through film and festival media. Non-competition films are chosen in order to offer variety and opportunities to see international, vintage, classic, and unusual films otherwise unavailable in the region. Wherever possible, industry ratings of films are publicized as a guideline for viewers.

Selection and presentation of films are not representative of viewpoints or endorsements by sponsors, organizers, advertisers, volunteers or the owners of the venues in which they are presented. BIFF does not shy away from controversy and makes every effort to present a balanced program offering a broad variety of viewpoints. BIFF sincerely appreciates the support of all of its sponsors and underwriters, which allows the festival to maintain an independent selection process.

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This Website

Dear Filmmaker,

From the festival organizers to the board and the entire Beloit community, we’re all working hard to make The Beloit International Film Festival, BIFF your favorite film festival.

Here on this website this is expressed by being deliberate around sharing the love online. You’ll see this in multiple ways as your film is featured on your film’s web page and elsewhere.

We’ve dug to find the appropriate pages and content, feature it and link to it. If we’ve missed the spot please let us know. We invite you to send us your change requests. We make no guarantees however. ;-) We reserve the right to edit down and we work to maintain continuity across filmmakers and the site.

Finally, if you have suggestions on how we can make this website more beneficial for you and your audience please let us know. We’ll do our best to try and incorporate those ideas that we can.

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Thanks for your participation.  We look forward to meeting you!
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(Rick McGrath, Ana Kelly, Sabrina Krejci)
BIFF webmasters since 2010

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Filmmaker Comments

“BIFF is Boffo!”

It was a great festival run by great people!  From the staff, to the venues, to the engaged community and audiences – Wisconsin truly has a gem in BIFF! 
I’m a huge fan!!”
Pete Balistrieri, “On The Verge””

I honestly can’t wait to come to BIFF again with a film. I always have a blast there, and the festival goers all always so into the films and have insightful comments and questions. It is honestly not like that at most festivals, and it is a testament to the hard work you put into it.”
Ryan Mains, “The Appointment” and “Me or the Porn”

My favorite memory of Beloit was getting the award from Steve McEveety for “Best Feature.”
~ Paul Hogseth Madison, WI, “Illegal Use of Joe Zopp

My favorite memory was getting a chance of coming to Beloit, a city of lovely people. Also, my best memory was winning a prize and also meeting different people that I never knew. Thanks!
~ Moses Kabyoza, Uganda, “Abanunule

I have been to quite a number of festivals and BIFF and the people of Beloit know how to run a damn good festival. It is the best that I have come across for many reasons. The main one is the respect that people have for themselves, the community and the visiting filmmakers. Thanks to everyone and a special thanks to the award that was presented to me.
~ Peter J. McCarthy, “Fight or Flight

Only half an hour after landing, I knew this was a great festival. Great people, great filmmakers! Keep up the good work. We’d love to be back.
~ Nick Risinger and Bao Tran, “The Bookie” Persistance of Vision Films

We had such a great time in Beloit. Everyone has been very welcoming. Thank you for all your support. It’s great to see a town rally to help independent films. We look forward to coming back next year.
~ Brian McMahon and Danny Ascencin, “The Waitlist

I have been in Beloit for 15 minutes and already I know I will never leave. You guys are the best!
Jon Voight

BIFF is BOFFO! I love the Ker-aszy selection of films, the wonderfully wacky staff and volunteers. And don’t get me started on those wild BAD parties! Stay spiffy BIFF!
~ Dave Hanagen, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films

Lovin’ the Donuts at Mr.B’s, the drinks at the BOP and the good company. Oh yeah, and the festival!
~ Devin Andars, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films

Everyone is totally insane.
~ Jack Bennett, “A Fond Farewell” Dahlia Films Jack used the BIFF “Emerging Filmmakers Grant” to produce a movie that was accepted by Sundance Film Festival

It’s been my first time in Beloit, but most of all it has been my first time selected into a festival. So as far as first times go… I think I’ve had the best expierence on both counts! But what makes it all better, it is the first time I’ve made so many friends in so little time, and I’m forever grateful for that. And more than that, whatever comes next for me, I can say proudly that IT ALL BEGAN IN BELOIT! So for all that: MERCI!!!
~ Cedric Jouaric, “Sans Nicolas/ Missing Nicky

Beloit is about revisiting old friends! Your hospitality is second to none. It has been a joy to be here. Thank you 1000 times for everything! XO!
~ Stacy Harrisson, “Last Chance Romance”

Most well run and hospitable festival we’ve been to. Thanks!
~ Seth Hedrington, Chicago IL

I’ve been extremely impressed by the festival here in Beloit. Never at a festival have I been made to feel so welcome. I hope to return next year to view films and attend the BIFF events.
~ Dave Schlachtenhaufen

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