12th annual film festival opens in Beloit

The 12th Beloit International Film Festival is set to bring the world to Beloit and Beloit to the world, February 24 to March 5. All the hundreds of final details, from scheduling to travel arrangements, are falling into place. This year’s dates are a week later than last year, but the intense preparation for the ten-day event is already in high gear.

BIFF curators have reviewed more than a thousand films submitted for consideration this year. In addition, they have approached filmmakers around the world whose work has caught their eye at major international festivals, inviting them to Beloit.

BIFF 2017 will screen 100 outstanding independent films—narrative features, documentaries and shorts—presented at five downtown venues, including Domenico’s, the Hendricks Arts Center, Bagels and More, Bushel and Peck’s Local Market and La Casa Grande.

Major events during BIFF are also scheduled at Schubert’s Luxury Ten Cinema on Cranston Road and, for the first time, at Beloit Memorial High School.

“By pushing the dates back a week this year we were able to accommodate a lot of talented people joining us…and maybe include a few more snowbirds,” says Executive Director Roddie Beaudoin.

BIFF will once again include screenings of films beginning at noon on the two weekends, and each evening in-between. The Festival will kick off with the annual Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown, featuring films by both new and established filmmakers in the region. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote in this two state competition and awards will be presented. Wisconsin has taken the top awards for the past two years.

Tickets will be available online for $9 plus a purchase fee. In mid-February, the BIFF Box Office will open at Gallery ABBA at CELEB at 437 E. Grand Ave. where tickets and information will also be available.

The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 12th 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 visit beloitfilmfest.org.

–Staff report

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