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Birth of an Artist | Right Footed

Beloit International Film Festival raises disabilities awareness

Birth of an Artist | Right Footed

Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — “Life-changing” and “inspiring” are words that have been used to describe BIFF’s annual tribute to the human spirit, BIFF CARES. Encouraging change through the BIFF CARES series is BIFF’s way of recognizing the influence that film can have to move us.

This year BIFF will offer two films, shown together in the same slot, that illustrate the capacity of individuals, without the use of normal appendages, to achieve great things through perseverance.

Right Footed tells the story of Jessica Cox, born without arms as a result of a birth defect, who has overcome physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent, learning to type, drive a car and fly an airplane. The film follows Jessica as she develops as a leading advocate for people with disabilities.

Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day and doing what she does best – painting with her toes. The Ukranian teenager was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth but her brain cells were not damaged allowing her to communicate and develop the talent for painting.

The BIFF CARES films will be shown together three times during BIFF. Tickets are available now at BeloitFilmFest.org.

BIFF CARES is sponsored by Beloit Regional Hospice, the Rock County Christian School, and the Beloit Health System.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at BeloitFilmFest.org.

BIFF Venue Volunteers

BIFF is looking for a few hundred good volunteers for BIFF 2016

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Press Release

Beloit, Wis. — Now that the holidays are ancient history, it is time to start thinking about the fun that awaits us in the coming weeks. High on that list is The Beloit International Film Festival, less than a month away, starting its ten-day run on Friday, Feb. 19.

BIFF is searching for 300-400 volunteers to help with all aspects of the festival. Karen McKee, BMO Harris branch manager and BIFF board member, is chairing the volunteer effort for BIFF2016. She is looking forward to hearing from the BIFF veterans, who how number more than a thousand, and to welcoming a new group of volunteers who want to get involved in Beloit’s biggest event.

“Each year, BIFF changes just a bit which keeps it fresh,” says McKee. “But the one thing that remains the same and makes a marked impression on visitors and filmmakers from around the world is the warm welcome and great community involvement. Our volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and they are great ambassadors for Beloit.”

There are a variety of ways to sign up. Volunteers may register online at beloitfilmfest.org/festival/volunteers. There will also be registration and training sessions during January at Bushel and Peck’s Local Market. Volunteer sign up dates are 9 am to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. Volunteer training will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 pm and Tuesday, Feb.16 at 5:30 pm.

According to Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin, “We are looking for the full range of talent, including venue captains, filmmaker support, drivers, cashiers and more. And everybody gets rewarded with free tickets to films.”

For more information on volunteering, check online at beloitfilmfest.org or call the BIFF offices at 608-312-4256.

For tickets and a complete listing of all BIFF films and events please visit the BIFF website at beloitFilmFest.org.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 11th year, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with funding from Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.