“Halfway to BIFF” To Be Part of Beloit’s Biggest Weekend
It’s been a strange year, so why not present BIFF in August? The Beloit International Film Festival is a year-round effort and August is about halfway to the BIFF 10-day winter festival. Sounds like a good excuse for a celebration.
“A summertime BIFF Mini-Fest in August is like Christmas in July,” says BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard. “After what we have all had to put up with this year, we decided not to wait until 2022. We have pulled together some of BIFF’s all-time favorites that have ties to the area, plus a brand new film from Nashville.
”On Saturday, August 7, the Halfway to BIFF Summer Fest will be part of Beloit’s biggest weekend of the summer. Nine films will be presented at downtown venues throughout the day and into the night, joining a weekend of sidewalk sales, the Street Dance, Farmers Market, and the Snappers at the new ABC Supply Stadium with fireworks, along with six area class reunions.
The films will be presented at three downtown venues including the Downtown Beloit Association at 557 E. Grand Ave, Visit Beloit at 656 Pleasant St., and at The Gantry at State and Grand. The eight indoor films will be presented at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The outdoor film at The Gantry is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
“BIFF is back, healthy and excited to go for its 17th season,” says Ana Kelly, chair of the board of BIFF. “For those who lost out on the usual in-person fest in February, here’s a great chance to have that experience again. Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance and we will connect with others virtually for Q&As…just like old times.
”The film lineup includes:
- Decoding the Driftless (1pm @ Downtown Beloit Association)
- The SixTripleEight (1pm @ Visit Beloit)
- West By Orphan Train (3pm @ DBA)
- Shift Change (3pm @ DBA)
- The Bear and the Owl (3pm @ VB)
- Helen (3pm @ VB)
- All the Queen’s Horses (5pm @ DBA)
- It All Begins with a Song (5pm @ VB)
- Back to School (8:30pm @ The Gantry (in celebration of the local class reunions)
Sponsored by: Beloit FilmWorks
- The outdoor evening film, Back To School is FREE!
- Ticket purchase online via each of the individual film pages linked above, just like the regular festival.
The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 17th season as the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is generously 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 Film Society of Beloit.