Beloit International Film Festival: February 14-23Jan 28, 2014 07:45AM ● By Julie Henning
Now in its ninth year, the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) is a 10-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world. Local residents and visitors from around the nation fill more than a dozen venues, ranging in size from 40 seats to the 700-seat Eclipse Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, to view 120 films and to meet more than 100 filmmakers who come from as far away as Europe and Brazil.
The festival offers a variety of movie genres featuring such films as The Golden Scallop, Date America (from Milwaukee) and Jake Squared. BIFF 2014 is chaired by Mark Wood, director, producer and owner of ASL Films, an independent, deaf owned and operated production company. Wood’s newest film, “In the Can,” will debut at BIFF’s unique BIFF for the Deaf series.
A dramatic addition to BIFF 2014 will be screenings by Wisconsin and Illinois filmmakers at the “Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown” during the first three days of BIFF, February 14-16. Audiences will have an opportunity to vote for films in a variety of categories at the Showdown. “Some of these films will be in competition during the Film Festival, and some will not,” says Beaudoin. “The Showdown offers great exposure for area filmmakers and contributes to BIFF’s efforts to build a filmmaker community in the region.”
The Beloit International Film Festival is sponsored by the Hendricks Group and is presented in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations and from Visit Beloit. Individual support for BIFF is provided through memberships in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit. For more information, please visit the BIFF website at www.BeloitFilmFest.com.