BIFF: 100 films over 10 days
Experience the power of film over 10 days with 100 films shown in 12 locations in Beloit.
This year's honorary Beloit International Film Festival chair is Mark Wood. Born deaf into a deaf family, Wood grew up loving to tell stories in American Sign Language. He is the director, producer and owner of ASL Films and will welcome audiences and speak at a number of venues in the region during his six-day visit to BIFF.
According to BIFF Executive Director Rod Beaudoin, “The Beloit International Film Festival has always offered films to engage our entire community — all ages and backgrounds. With Mark's involvement, we hope to expand the understanding of this growing world of films for the deaf. He will visit local schools, Beloit College and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan.”
In addition, Wood's newest film, “In the Can,” will be shown in BIFF's unique BIFF for the Deaf series.
BIFF runs from Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 23. The complete schedule of film showings and other events is online at beloitfilmfest.org. Pick out the films you want to see and buy tickets online or at the BIFF?box office located at Visit Beloit, 500 Public Ave., Beloit. Tickets also are available at the door, however, some venues and events will sell out.
More than 100 filmmakers will be at this year's festival — look for the clap board icon on the film schedule to see if a filmmaker is planning to be in attendance. Here's a preview of filmmaker spotlights:
• 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14: Tate Bunker at Bushel & Peck's
• 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15: Ericka Frederick at Bushel & Peck's
• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16: Drywater Productions at Domenico's Restaurant
There are several special events within the BIFF showcase. The BIFFY awards ceremony, complete with a New Orleans/Cajun theme that includes appetizers and jazz/zydeco music, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Eclipse Center, 1701 Riverside Drive, Beloit. Tickets are $10.
The Silent Film Showcase, featuring three short films with Charlie Chaplain and the original film score performed by the Beloit Janesville Symphony, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Eclipse Center. The cost is $25.
There will be continuous shuttle service available with service to all Beloit venues and the box office. The shuttle will run:
• 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursday
• 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday
• 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday
• 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
All films have been assigned a rating by the BIFF selection team. Ratings include G, PG, PG-13, R, MA (mature audience – adults only).
BIFF offers films in a variety of categories and genres, and has designated the Beloit Public Library as a venue for the showing of films appropriate for youth and families. Still, it is important to refer to the ratings, as a film that is pertinent to families or family issues could have an R rating.