Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Returns for its Fifteenth Year-February 21-March 1, 2020
What is BIFF?
The Beloit International Film Festival, also referred to as BIFF, 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. Other than this, festival attendees meet scores of filmmakers from all around the US and the entire world!
Now in its fifteenth year, this unique festival continues to grow. BIFF has also caught national attention. According to the New York Times, BIFF is “a festival with a unique goal of returning the spirit of film festivals’ golden era, when guests talked film all night with directors and writers who were on hand and available for questions.” The New York Times also listed the festival as a unique alternative to other big international film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.
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.
FestEve Event-February 20
The party will take place on Thursday evening, February 20, on the eve of the opening of BIFF2020, at IronTek on the Ironworks campus starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 and are now available for advance purchase.
Entertainment will be provided by the Black Donnellys, the internationally celebrated Irish duo, on hand for the showing of their new documentary feature This is My Home, the story of their search for the American dream while following their quest to play 60 shows in all 50 states in 40 days. They will be accompanied by some of the extraordinary string musicians from the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.
Great food and beverage selections will be available throughout the evening and are included in the price of admission. Tim Goers of G5 Brewing Company will be providing catering services, which will include delectable charcuterie, a brand new BIFF beer for the 2020 festival, and wine selections.
Beloit’s Discover Wisconsin Premiere-February 21
Be the first to see Beloit’s Discover Wisconsin episode before it airs on television on the opening night of the Beloit International Film Festival at La Casa Grande! Start with the Live Radio Show, then see the “Bucky on Parade” documentary, and finish with Discover Wisconsin!
Discover Wisconsin Premiere
Silent Film Showcase February 28
This year, the tradition continues with the return of Buster Keaton to the screen, this time in his 1928 silent masterpiece, Steamboat Bill, Jr. The Silent Film Showcase will feature an original musical score performed by The Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Chris Behrens and be held in the Beloit Memorial High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students of all ages.
The Princess Bride to Close BIFF March 1
The Princess Bride will be screened at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 1 and will mark BIFF’s return to The Eclipse Event Center in Beloit. The film is free, making it a great opportunity to bring the whole family.
This 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film that tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. It is presented as a a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson. The film is rated PG.
BIFF Lager is this year’s new offering from the Wisconsin Brewing Company of Vernoa, WI. The BIFF Lager is light, crisp and effervescent.
BIFF 6 OH 8 Wheat
BIFF 6 OH 8 Wheat is a brand new flavor made right in Beloit from G5 Brewing Company. This Beer is based ont he German and Belgian tradition of misxing at least 50% wheat to barley malt to make a light colored top-fermenting beer.
You can find both of these beers at:
G5 Brewing Company, Domenicaos, La Casa Grande, Grand Avenue Pub, 615 Club, Lucy’s #7, The Rock Bar & Grill, Merrill & Houston’s, the Beloit Club, Coaches, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Bushel & Peck’s Local Market.
The following musical events are held at Grand Avenue Pub and are free and open to the public. No tickets needed.