BELOIT—What do Adam Sandler, Nicolas Cage and The Rock all have in common?

None of them will be at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival ... and that’s OK.

Rather than thick layers of schmaltzy comedy, frenzied dialogue or over-the-top CGI, film fans attending this year’s 13th edition of BIFF will get more than 100 features, shorts and documentaries that lean heavily on creative storylines and thought-provoking subject matter. In other words, this isn’t popcorn cinema (although there will be popcorn).

Beloit’s 10-day love letter to movies kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, with three films, a collection of shorts featured in the annual Wisconsin/Illinois Showdown and a live radio production of “All About Eve.” By Sunday, March 4, hundreds of film fanatics will have sat through hours of entertainment including not only movies but also a series of special events celebrating the creative process.

So get your tickets and head over to Beloit for a day or two or 10. With such variety to choose from, you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

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