“We are proud to be showcasing the amazing work of these area artists,” notes BIFF Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin. “These are the sorts of films that are critically acclaimed but not always readily available for viewing. I think that BIFF patrons will find genuine enjoyment in learning of the great cinematic art that’s created right in our backyard.”
There will be dozens of films shown throughout the weekend. All films will be voted on by the audience, resulting in the BIFF Audience Choice Awards for Best Illinois and Best Wisconsin features, documentaries and short films. An awards party announcing the Audience Choice Awards will be held at La Casa Grande in Beloit the following weekend.
According to BIFF Wisconsin Illinois Showdown coordinator Kristin Peterson, “Many great films, ranging from heartwarming dramas to engaging and hilarious documentaries to grindhouse horror, will screen in the Showdown. Four short slots of the best short films made in the region will also screen across the weekend and into the following week.”