BIFF Returns for its EIGHTEENTH Year: February 24-March 5, 2023
BIFF — The Beloit International Film Festival—is an annual ten-day film festival that celebrates the power of independent film from around the globe. Local residents and visitors from across the nation experience the diversity of international film each year. Venues ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats showcase 100 incredible films. In addition, festival attendees meet scores of filmmakers from all around the US and the entire world!
“We have had outstanding challenges over the past two years, but the film community and our audiences have stayed with us, and we are stronger than ever,” notes BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard. “Pre-screeners have been reviewing film submissions for the past eight months and we are ready to present 100 outstanding independent films, and to welcome a record number of filmmakers from here and abroad.”
All presentations this year will be in-person at popular downtown venues, as well as at some brand new and newly renovated screening rooms. Favorite events, including the BIFF Sing Along and the First National Bank Classic Film Showcase, will be back.
BIFF 2023 venues will include favorite viewing sites like Bagels & More, the Hendricks Center for the Arts and the Downtown Beloit Association. Other screening sites will include La Casa Grande, Visit Beloit and the exciting Weissberg Auditorium in the Powerhouse at Beloit College. The Beloit College CELEB building at 437 East Grand Ave. in Beloit will, once again, serve as the official BIFF Box Office throughout the Ten Days of BIFF 2023.
The complete Beloit Daily News printed program will be revealed on Feb. 9 at the annual Reveal Party, presented in cooperation with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce at the Hampton Inn in Beloit. The Reveal Party is from 5-7pm, tickets are $5 and there will be food and drinks from G5 Brewing Company, film previews, and free ticket giveaways.
For those who cannot wait for the printed version, the complete schedule is posted on the Beloitfilmfest.org website where tickets are on sale, as well. BIFF tickets are $10 for each film.
BIFF’s history dates back to 2005. Founders of ABC Supply Company, Diane Hendricks and her late husband, Ken, inspired the creation of BIFF. After that, they also encouraged community support for the program. Diane continues to support the mission of BIFF–to harness the power of film and to improve community and ourselves.