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The 14th annual Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) runs from February 22 – March 3, 2019! Run in conjunction with Beloit College, the BIFF draws thousands upon thousands of film lovers, and writers and directors from around the world for viewing, workshops, and more. The “International” in the title isn’t just for show, after all.
The Beloit International Film Festival celebrates the power of independent film from around the globe. Local residents and visitors from across the nation fill venues ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats to view more than 100 films and meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and around the world. This unique festival continues to grow and has caught national attention with the New York Times calling BIFF, “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.
This year’s narrative features, documentaries and shorts will be screened at six downtown venues, including Domenico’s, the Hendricks Arts Center, Bagels and More, Bushel and Peck’s Local Market, La Casa Grande and Beloit Public Library. Special events and films are once again scheduled at Schubert’s Luxury Ten Cinema on Cranston Rd. and Beloit Memorial High School.
Screenings will start at noon on the two weekends of BIFF, and films will be shown evenings during the week at Domenico’s and The Hendricks Center for the Arts at Beloit College. Films by new and established filmmakers in Wisconsin and Illinois will open the Festival on the first weekend with the popular Wisconsin-Illinois Showdown. Filmmakers and their fans will make their way to Beloit from throughout the two states and attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorites.
And check out BIFF PILS, a winter brew specially made by the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona for the Beloit International Film Festival!
There are numerous ways to purchase tickets. Early purchase, through Feb. 21, comes with a special discount. By including the promo code PRE-FEST2019 when ordering, purchasers receive $1 off regular ticket prices. It’s easiest and fastest on the BIFF website, which also includes the full schedules and summaries of the films. You can also stop in the BIFF Advance Sale Box Office at Irontek (635 Third Avenue.) It will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 20. The promotional discount will automatically be incorporated in purchases.
Getting to Beloit is easy! Just follow I-43 from Milwaukee, I-90 from Madison or Janesville, or Highway 81 from Monroe and points west. Highway 213 also brings you in from points northwest. Then just follow the roads to the Rock River and the downtown area. Guide signs will help you find the way downtown. And be sure to check out all the amazing new developments in downtown Beloit and throughout the area!
Musical Guest info is below.
Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Address:
Various locations in Beloit, mostly downtown
Beloit, WI 53511
Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Special Musical Performances:
Tony Scodwell is a native of Beloit and will be kicking off this year’s festivities with a two-hour set on opening night at Suds O’Hanahan’s Irish Pub!
Tony is one of the world’s leading jazz trumpet virtuosos, and he will be backed up by the celebrated Highland Community College Big Band from Freeport, Il. Special Guests will include another Beloit trumpet virtuoso, John Meyers, as well as BIFF Artistic Director Greg Gerard and the Beloit College Jazz Band.
Tony has played with legendary stars crossing five decades, from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett, to Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and Barbara Streisand.
Linda Chorney, Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter and award-winning filmmaker, will keep the musical ball rolling on February 23. Linda will perform at The Beloit Club. Her 90-minute set at 6:30 will be preceded by a buffet dinner and cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m.
Linda made history as the first independent artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2012, via social media. Linda released her life’s story, When I Sing, in 2018, which she wrote, produced, and stars in. It has won critical acclaim on the film festival circuit and will be shown several times at this year’s BIFF. Her album, Emotional Jukebox, is one of five nominated for the 2012 Grammy Award in the category of Best Americana Album. In 2016, she produced her first documentary The Opening Act, which garnered two Best Documentary awards.
Scodwell’s performance is free and open to the public. Tickets for Chorney’s performance are $25.00 and available at the Beloit Club, 2327 S Riverside Dr, Beloit, WI, (608) 364-9000.
Popular Special Events:
- The BMO Harris Silent Film Showcase at Beloit Memorial High School on March 2
- Sing Along (Godspell) film at Luxury 10 on Saturday, February 23.
- Beloit Health System BIFF CARES series; the classic live radio play on February 22
- The closing First National Bank Classic Film on March 3.
- Kids at BIFF, the program that introduces more than a thousand elementary school children from throughout the area to quality media, is scheduled for the week before BIFF.