Greg Gerard, who has served in every capacity possible with the Beloit International Film Festival, will assume the post of BIFF executive director starting this month. A Wisconsin native with 30 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry, Gerard has served this past year as artistic director for the ten-day festival, overseeing the selection and programming of films as well as the care and feeding of hundreds of visiting filmmakers. He has helped to create and host the popular BIFF Year ‘Round film program on Wednesday evenings and has been the force behind Kids at BIFF and several other community outreach programs, including Help Yourself Films and the Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU).
“Greg has been the behind-the-scenes person at BIFF since its inception,” says BIFF president Ana Kelly. “From technical coordinator to oversight of all BIFF events and festival tech, to overseeing all film content choices, he has done it all. We are fortunate to have someone with such intimate knowledge of the way BIFF works to assume the leadership post.”
He will assume the post held for the past year by Marty Densch. Densch, who focused on fundraising and sponsorship, and helped guide the festival through one of the greatest years in its history, will continue to assist, if called upon, and will continue to support the festival as a member of the Film Society of Beloit.
Gerard is the father of two high schoolers. He has toured extensively with popular Milwaukee- based bands, including Gerard and The Orphans. He is an internationally recognized songwriter, has enjoyed success as a songwriter and producer on the Billboard charts, and has had his own songs placed on soundtracks in both motion pictures and television programs.
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, 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.
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