The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) will be celebrating its 13th year in 2018. One of the key principles the festival was founded on was a respect for, and celebration of, the filmmakers who share their art with us. With upward of 250 filmmakers attending each year, we are pleased that they have found value in the Capra-esque surroundings of the 10 day festival and the intimate relations with our engaged audiences. Featuring upwards of 100 independent and international films and special events all are free for visiting filmmakers (4 all-access passes per film for actors and crew too).

BIFF's honorary chairs have included Steve McEveety ("Braveheart," "Passion of the Christ," "What Women Want"), David Zucker ("Airplane," "The Naked Gun") and John Shepherd, President of MPower Pictures. In keeping with our reputation for honoring emerging independent filmmakers C.K. Lichenstein II and Jack Bennett.

The Beloit International Film Festival begins February 23th, 2018 and goes until March 4th 2018.

Awards & Prizes

Awards are given (by Jury and Audience Choice) for the following films: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Wisconsin Short, Best Wisconsin Feature, Best Illinois Short, Best Illinois Feature, The Power of Film Award, The Executive Director Award, The Ken Hendricks Award for Excellence, The Director of Programming Award, The Josh Burton Award, Audience Choice (competition between Wisconsin and Illinois films).

Rules & Terms

The selection committee requires that all entries/screeners be submitted as a Secure Online Screener. Please fill out your entry form as much as possible. Should your film be accepted, we will use that entered data to put together our program book, build your website page, and reach out to you/your representative on important festival details.

There is no limit to the amount of entries you may submit. Select the category that seems most appropriate. If you wish to enter multiple categories, you must select your primary category and then send an email to the festival requesting consideration for additional categories. There will be no additional fee for this if the festival grants permission.

A short synopsis of 2 to 4 lines is required for Short categories. A short synopsis in addition to a longer synopsis of approximately 125 words is required for the Documentary and Feature categories. You are required to submit this with the entry. The synopsis will be used for the jury committee, the program book and web site, if accepted.

Each submission should also include at least one still production photo or slide, a press kit and bio and photo of the director. Notification of acceptance will be emailed on approximately December 15th, 2018. You will be notified for each submission.

The festival cannot be responsible for damage to, or loss of, material submitted. Additionally, the festival is held harmless from damage to or loss of print en route to the festival.

The Beloit International Film Festival does not pay screening or licensing fees for films submitted to the festival. If you submit to the Beloit International Film Festival you acknowledge this term and the festival will not pay a licensing fee. The festival holds the right to screen submitted films to pre-screening committees, Film Society of Beloit event-goers, festival-goers and at festival volunteer & organizer appreciation events. The festival will have the option to screen reprise showings for up to three years after the closing date of the festival.

Works in progress, and industrial/instructional works are not eligible. All entries must be submitted no later than the Final Deadline and entry form, entry fee for each submission, synopsis, resume and photo must be included. If you cannot meet the eligibility requirement, you may apply but will not be considered for awards. .

All films submitted must be available for festival presentation in DVD or Blu Ray DVD. Please be aware that if you have not submitted a photo or synopsis it will not be included in the program book or web site. Any corrections received to the original submission material must be received in writing by December 19th, 2017. Changes will not be made after this date.

The Beloit Film Festival reserves the right to use clips from accepted entries, up to 3 minutes in length for publicity purposes. The festival reserves the right to show the submission for promotion and fund raising events up to three years past the date of the festival. Submitter can opt out of this clause by sending the festival a written request to opt out of this clause.

The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the festival.

I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2017 Beloit International Film Festival Rules & Terms as included with this application, and agree to be bound by and comply with all those documents. I understand that the Beloit International Film Fest Committee is responsible for making final decisions with regard to the festival operations and I agree to abide by their decisions. I agree to provide the festival two DVD or Blu-Ray copies of my film(s) upon acceptance and I release the festival committee and any festival representative from any responsibility for the theft, damage or loss of the print en route to the festival or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

5 Reviews

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    Megan St. John

    The team at BIFF was amazing. They made us feel very welcomed and did a wonderful job putting the festival together.

    April 2017
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    Angeliki Giannakopoulos

    I had such a fantastic time at Beloit International Film Festival! I met Adam and a lot of the board members, who were very hands on and accommodating. The town is quaint and beautiful and I would love to come back and shoot something here in the near future. It was really an honor to be part of a festival that respected and supported filmmakers in such a huge way, and I hope to be back again with another project.

    March 2017
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    Damien Patrik

    Having been in close to 300 festivals over the years, what can i say about this one? It is absolutely, unequivocally my absolute favorite. I first attended in year two of the festival, and since then have screened I think 6 or 7 films here. And as I have grown as a filmmaker, Beloit International Film Festival has grown into a top notch festival. I fully expect it will be an Oscar Qualifying Festival Any day now.
    Why do i love this festival? It's the people. Led by Rod Beaudoin, a man who truly truly loves, supports, nurtures and protects independent filmmakers, from the beginners to established veterans. And just like on a film set, the director sets the tone for the whole organization. Programming director Adam Fogarty is in the same mold-a man of depth and character who balances an enormous number of factors to bring a perfect program to the people of Beloit year after year. Max Maiken, Ana and Rick McGrath, Brittany Bailey, Greg Gerard, Sabrina, everyone I cant remember right now ( cause memory IS the 2nd thing to go) The staff and volunteers are all amazing and I know most of them by name and treasure them all. Beloit also has some of the most educated, interesting and interested audiences ever. Be prepared for some insightful questions at your Q and A's, and more than that for making some lifetime friends amongst the good people of Beloit. There are audience members i look forward to seeing everytime I go back to Beloit, and they never disappoint. Oh, and great films and great filmmakers. I've seen so many memorable films here and made filmmaker friends literally around the world that I love staying in touch with. There are great parties and special events, Friday night Karaoke, good food great booze,....i could literally go on and on and on. Just submit here. If you get in you will be very glad you did.

    December 2016
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    Benjamin Meyer

    I really liked this festival. It is a little festival, but it is scrappy. Downtown Beloit is tiny. The screenings are all in local banquet rooms. There's a lot of black curtains covering windows. You're not getting an IMAX experience of your film. But also? Really great, enthusiastic crowds. Because the festival has a ton of heart, and does a great job of getting the word out. I LOVED my Q&A. Unusual, interesting questions were asked. I really felt engaged by the audience.

    The festival got interviews about my film into local newspapers. They really worked their asses off. The parties were all at a bar downtown. But it was a really fun bar, and the filmmakers were all very chill. I liked the other films I saw-- I'm still talking about one of the docs, half a year later, and I'm pretty sure I won't see that doc anyplace else.

    This festival is worth the entry fee and worth the trip.

    September 2016
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    Nick Spark

    The Beloit Intern'l Film Festival is an extremely well run, well supported festival that takes place in a charming community. At first blush Beloit may not seem like the kind of place that you'd want to visit, but it turns out this town is full of heart, good restaurants and drinking spots, and people who really appreciate films and filmmakers. The organizers and volunteers are welcoming, and everything took place on a very high level. Many of the screenings were sold out and there was a lot of press and attention paid to filmmakers. Nothing but good things to say about this one. It's terrific.

    May 2016