Each year, The Beloit International Film festival selects a supporter of film, filmmakers, and the Beloit community to serve in the role of Honorary Chair of BIFF. This year, the selection is a celebration both ways, as the state’s number one promoter of cultural and natural virtues of Wisconsin returns to her home town to help celebrate 15 years of BIFF.
There is hardly a bigger fan of BIFF since its inception than Beloiter Stephanie Klett, former Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism and current president and CEO of Visit Lake Geneva. As Honorary Chair, she will be a part of all the major public events at this year’s BIFF and will host the initial “BIFFteenth” Anniversary Party on the eve of BIFF 2020, Thursday, Feb. 20th.
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. This is a huge accomplishment for the hundreds of BIFF volunteers, the Beloit area and of course the Board of Directors”.
Executive Director Greg Gerard has indicated that “we are excited that she is available to support our 2020 celebration. We are already planning the party, and there is nobody we would rather celebrate with!”.
Klett is a graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and Beloit College. She first brought national focus on Beloit as Miss Wisconsin in 1992, winning the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant for her solo trumpet work. She has also soloed with the Beloit Janesville Symphony. For the past eight years she served the state as Wisconsin’s chief promoter in the Scott Walker administration. Through her Spotlight on Wisconsin, she promoted and supported the work of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Beloit Regional Hospice and the Stateline Boys and Girls Clubs.
About Beloit International Film Festival:
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.
Name: Greg Gerard
Title: Executive Director
Phone: (608) 302-7554
Email address: greg @beloitfilmfest.org