The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) will be celebrating its 14th year in 2019. 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.

In 2018, as a result of showing at the festival, several BIFF films received reviews in outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter,, Cultured Vultures, EveryMovieHasALesson, Keeping-It-Reel, White City Cinema, and several different TV affiliates local to areas of significance to the films and the festival.

The Beloit International Film Festival begins February 22nd, 2019 and goes until March 3rd 2019.

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).

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.

Overall Rating
  • Everyone at this festival was so kind and generous! The film selection was also extremely enjoyable!

    April 2018
  • Those sweet BIFFers really know how to treat an animator!

    March 2018
  • Kyle Walsh

    We really enjoyed our time at BIFF, and saw some other thought provoking and engaging films. The venues were interesting and accommodating, and locations were ideal. We'll definitely be back!

    March 2018
  • Andrew Kightlinger

    BIFF was one of the most attentive, sublime film festivals I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. They care about the filmmakers and give the film an unrivaled amount of TLC.

    March 2018
  • Ari Gold

    A really wonderful, warm regional festival with enthusiastic crowds and good networking for other regional festivals and press; cool and helpful programmers - really everything you could ask for. Thank you!

    March 2018