BELOIT - "They can make you laugh, they can make you cry, but they will leave with you a lasting impression."
Those are the words Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Executive Director Marty Densch used to describe this year's top films that were honored at the Biffy Awards at a ceremony held Saturday morning at Velvet Buffalo Cafe and The Hotel Goodwin.
"These awards represent the very best stories that came to the festival," Densch said. "They are so impactful and just bringing in these wonderful stories from all around the world. It's great, and to also be able to show off Beloit is amazing."
For Best Narrative Feature, the movie "Guest Artist" took home top prize at the festival, with Executive Producer Don Clark calling the award "an honor."
"We are honored to be here," he said. "We really appreciate this award very much."
For Best Documentary Feature, "Liyana" directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp walked away with some hardware.
"It's been really humbling to have made this film. This is about a group of kids that transform trauma into a storytelling act," Aaron Kopp said. "The fact that has resonated with so many people around the world is so humbling."
Other BIFF Winners:
• Best Narrative Short: "One Small Step"
• Best Documentary Short: "No Friends But The Mountains"
• Stateline Community Foundation People's Choice Award: "Hello Girls"
• Josh Burton Award: "Last Call"
• Power of Film Award: "The Providers"
• Executive Director Award: "Tracks"
• Artistic Director: "Silver Lake"
• Best Wisconsin Feature Film: "Lake Michigan Monster"
• Best Wisconsin Short: "Grandpa's Getaways"
• Best Illinois Feature: "Ginger"
• Best Illinois Short: "Seared"