How to “BIFF”
- Look at the program book or check the Festival Schedule here on the website.
- Pick out your favorite BIFF film…or two…or twenty! Short slots are combinations of a few shorts that fit together to make a great film experience with a taste of everything for everyone.
- Buy your tickets online, at the Box Office or at the venue…but be careful, some films will sell out!
- Experience the power of film!
Filmmakers on set:
BIFF is proud to host more than 100 filmmakers at this year’s festival. Check online for the latest updates as to which films will have filmmakers present. Look for the clap board icon on the film schedule to see if a film’s filmmaker is planning to be in attendance.
Light concessions are available at multiple locations. Many of the restaurant venues also offer full menu services.
Our selection team has assigned a rating to all films that you will experience. The ratings include G, PG, PG-13, R, MA (Mature Audience – Adults Only). Please use these ratings as a guide to your film selection.
“R” and “MA”-RATED FILMS MAY INCLUDE SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, VIOLENCE, PROFANITY. PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER SELECTION IF YOU MAY BE OFFENDED BY THIS TYPE OF CONTENT.
BIFF screens movies from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as films from North and South America. Different cultures have differing views on the acceptability of violence and sexual content in particular. What is offensive to one culture may not be to another. There are, however, films of a sensitive nature relating to acts of violence and/or sexuality that you as a viewer may find offensive.
If we feel there is a possibility that our audiences may take issue with a topic, or content within a topic, we have given that film a MA rating.
Our selected films offer a variety of categories and genres, as we feel it is important to incorporate a wide audience crossing all age groups interested in film. All of our films have been rated for your convenience. Many of our films have not been rated by any organization. While the selection committee reviews the films submitted to BIFF, each committee viewer is required to put down a traditional motion picture rating for that specific film i.e. G, PG, PG-13 etc.. We always select the most conservative rating from our selection committee viewers for a specific film. For example if there have been three viewers of a film, and one has rated the film G and the other PG, we will use the PG rating.
This year we have designated the Beloit Public Library as a venue for the showing of films appropriate for youth and families. Refer to the the Beloit Public Library on the Film Schedule for more information. Please refer to your ratings, however, as a film that is pertinent to families or family issues could have a R rating. Please use discretion when deciding what films you take your children to. We will make every attempt to choose a later screening time for any film that may be a R rated film.
Again this year BIFF has partnered with KIDS FIRST!