BIFF Returns for its Seventeenth Year-February 25-March 6, 2022
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!
The challenges of the past year have just made BIFF stronger, and the ten-day festival is out to prove it when the curtain goes up on Feb. 25. This year’s in-person BIFF will feature 100+ new independent films in some new venues, with some exciting guest artists, along with old favorites like the WI/IL Showdown, the Classic Film Showcase, and the Sing-Along.
“We have had excellent film submissions from film centers internationally from which to choose this year’s offerings, and we have had a dedicated group of volunteer screeners to help curate and vet them,” says BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard. “Some of the films have also been chosen by vote of the Film Society of Beloit at Wednesday night previews.”
BIFF 2022 screenings will be presented at seven screening venues, all within walking distance. For the first time, films will be screened at the beautiful new Weissberg Auditorium at the Beloit College Powerhouse (850 Pleasant Street), at the Visit Beloit headquarters (656 Pleasant St.) and at the Downtown Beloit Association venue (557 E. Grand Ave.).
The ten-day festival will begin with Fest Eve, Feb. 24, at Irontek. The evening will include entertainment, some previews, and a rocking good time.
The complete Beloit Daily News printed program will be revealed on Feb. 8 at the annual Reveal Party, presented in cooperation with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce at the Hampton Inn in Beloit. 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’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.