BIFF set to roll out its movie menu

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Beloit International Film Festival Executive Director Marty Densch, BIFF President Ana Kelly McGrath and Artistic Director Greg Gerard chat about the upcoming festival and ticket sales at their temporary office at Irontek.

BELOIT - It's time to start getting in the mood for film and fun.

The public is invited to the annual Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Reveal Party on Tuesday Feb. 5, and other associated events.

Despite the recent cold spell, BIFF enthusiasts are expected en masse.

"We've had bad weather in the past, and it doesn't keep the crowds away. There's something about offering something that's fun which pulls people out of their houses no matter how cold it is," said BIFF Executive Director Marty Densch.

The Beloit Daily News-printed BIFF program will make its first appearance that evening at the reveal event, which will be held at the new Home2 Suites by Hilton Beloit, 2750 Cranston Road, from 5-7 p.m.

Artistic Director Greg Gerard said the party is a great opportunity to check out Home2 Suites. He said BIFF is trying to hold events at new businesses in Beloit.

Presented in cooperation with the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, the reception will provide an opportunity to see trailers from some of the top films. BIFF staff will be on hand to provide their lists of favorites among the more than 100 shorts, narrative features, and documentaries that will be screened during the 14th Beloit International Film Festival, Feb.22 to March 3.

The party will also feature the high school student who won the poster contest and the runner-up. The student with the best design will have it featured on the program book. The evening will also include a special recognition of Mary Terry, the graphic designer who does the layout for the program book.

The top-secret honorary chairperson for BIFF 2019 be recognized at the event as well.

The evening will include a buffet courtesy of Domenico's Restaurant. Wine and beer will be available including the official launch of BIFF's special brew, BIFF PILS, from Wisconsin Brewing Co. Gerard noted seven to eight bars around the festival will carry it.

The BIFF program will also appear in the Feb. 8 weekend edition of the Beloit Daily News.

The Reveal Party is part of the Greater Beloit Chamber's Business After Hours program. There is a $5 charge at the door. Members of the Beloit Film Society are free.

Everyone's also invited to a workshop on filmmaking, as part of the artist in residence program, to be held on BIFF's first Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at CareerTek in the Ironworks Campus. BIFF alum, DePaul University Cinematic Arts Professor and Film Producer and Director James Choi will be presenting.

"It will be geared at first timers or novice filmmakers, and feature how to cope with micro budgets and how to get from script to screen," Densch said. "Anyone is invited. We think it would especially appeal to high school and college students who may have dabbled in film making."

Tickets for all events are now available. Early purchase, through Feb. 21, comes with a special discount. By including the promo code PRE-FEST2019 when ordering, purchasers receive $1 off regular ticket prices.

The easiest and quickest way to purchase tickets is online at beloitfilmfest.org.

The BIFF Advance Sale Box Office will open on Feb. 11 at Irontek, 635 Third St. It will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 20.

Gerard and Densch noted BIFF has temporarily moved to Irontek in the office of Rick and Ana McGrath where they can have instant communication and make festival decisions quickly.

On Feb. 21, the BIFF downtown Festival Box Office will open at the Gallery ABBA in CELEB at 439 East Grand Ave. and will be open throughout the Film Festival. Festival Box Office hours will vary, but it will be open at 11 a.m.

For those wishing to take a chance, ticket sales at the door begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the film if there are any seats available. Screenings regularly sell out, however, and it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased and BIFFICATES redeemed in advance.

The regular adult ticket price for films is $10 and student tickets are $5. Check the BIFF website for ticket prices for special events. For more information, call 608-466-9693 during box office hours.

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