Get your tickets now
Tickets for films at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival are available at the downtown BIFF box office at Gallery Abba in CELEB, 437 E. Grand Ave.
The box office is open daily from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays (closed Sunday, Feb. 18). Once BIFF begins, the box office will be open daily from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tickets also will be available at BeloitFilmFest .org. If seats are available, they will be sold at the door.
BIFF Sing-Along features ‘Frozen’
Disney’s “Frozen” will be featured at this year’s BIFF Sing-Along at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Cinema, 2799 Cranston Road, Beloit.
Along with the PG-rated film, attendees will be treated to free popcorn and soda compliments of the theater. A costume contest also is planned.
For those unfamiliar with the film’s soundtrack, lyrics will be displayed across the bottom of the screen.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit beloitfilmfest.org/biff-event/frozen-sing-a-long.
‘The Sting’ is classic cinema offering
The 1973 classic “The Sting” will be screened for free at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Schubert’s Luxury 10 Cinema, 2799 Cranston Road, Beloit.
The film, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, won eight Academy Awards and was selected for screening via a survey of BIFF attendees and customers of First National Bank, which is sponsoring the free showing.
No tickets are needed. For more information, visit beloitfilmfest.org/biff-event/sting-fnb- classic-film-2018.
Silent Film Showcase calls on Keaton
“The Cameraman,” starring Buster Keaton, will be featured during this year’s BIFF Silent Film Spectacular at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the auditorium at Beloit Memorial High School, 1225 4th St., Beloit.
The Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Ensemble will accompany the film.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit beloitfilmfest.org/biff-event/ silent-film-showcase-2018.
Patrik selected as artist-in-residence
BIFF has established an artist-in-residence program.
This year’s honoree is film producer/director and longtime BIFF participant Damien Patrik, who received the Ken Hendricks Award for Excellence in 2016.
Along with helping potential filmmakers in the “Help Yourself” after-school program at Beloit College, Patrik will present two free, public workshops. They will take place Saturdays, Feb. 24 and March 3, with locations and times to be determined.
During the workshops, actors can participate in live auditions and interviews. Those interested can call Sabrina Krejci at 773-719-8553 or email email@example.com.
For more information about the artist-in-resident program and workshops, visit beloitfilmfest.org/artist-in-residence-2018.
WI/IL Showdown is opening weekend
BIFF will present 35 films from Wisconsin and Illinois as part of its annual WI/IL Showdown during the first weekend of the festival, Feb. 23-25.
The event is viewed as a gathering place for film artists throughout the region and puts them in a friendly competition for awards based on audience voting.
A complete listing of films included in the showdown is available online at beloitfilmfest.org/wi-il-showdown-2018.
Vintage radio play on opening night
On opening night, BIFF will feature a vintage radio production of “All About Eve,” performed by Janesville’s Stage One theater group. The one-hour performance will be live at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at La Casa Grande, 618 4th St., Beloit.
The free presentation of the 1950 Oscar-winning film will be broadcast live on WCLO-AM with music, sound effects and a live studio audience. Those who arrive before the “On Air” light goes on will receive a taco and a margarita.
‘Beloit After Dark’ lineup announced
During each night of BIFF, “Beloit After Dark” presents a celebration of musical talent from the area.
At 7 p.m. opening night, Friday, Feb. 23, acclaimed trumpet player Tony Scodwell will perform with the Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra at the Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, local favorite Switch Track Alley will perform classic and Southern rock, R&B and traditional blues at Grand Avenue Pub.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Kevin Patrick presents an evening of acoustic guitar and authentic vocal interpretations at Suds O’Hanahan’s Irish Pub, 435 E. Grand Ave.
Monday, Feb. 26, kicks off four nights back at Grand Avenue Pub as the Dave Potter Trio takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Hogtied to the Misfit performs at 8 p.m., and on Wednesday, Feb. 28, Russ Doiel hosts an open-mic event starting at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, March 1, the all-star lineup of 52 Special, featuring Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin, plays at 7 p.m.
Music moves back to Suds O’Hanahan’s on Friday, March 2, as Finn Bomgaars provides the tunes for karaoke starting at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, March 3, BIFF hosts its final blowout party at The Rock Bar & Grill, 101 Maple Ave., as Kevin Patrick and Greg Gerard of The Orphans play a variety of feel-good tunes starting at 9 p.m.
Get a sneak peek at ‘Discover Beloit’
The public is invited for a free sneak peek of “Beloit—Expect the Unexpected,” a “Discover Wisconsin” production, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at La Casa Grande, 618 4th St.
Doors open at 5 p.m. No registration or ticket is needed. A free taco bar and cash bar will be available.
After the sneak peek, the show will be televised on WKOW (Channel 27) in Madison at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17; on WITI (Channel 6) in Milwaukee at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 18, and on WIFR (Channel 23) in Rockford, Illinois, at 10:35 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The episode also will be televised Saturday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Dec. 7, and it will be available online at Discover Wisconsin.com and at VisitBeloit.com.