BELOIT—The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) once again will bring film education to schools.

In collaboration with the School District of Beloit, KIDS@BIFF has brought thousands of young people together to learn critical thinking skills related to media by way of independent film. In partnership with The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, KIDS@BIFF engages area fifth-grade students in discussions of film quality.

This year BIFF staff have visited area schools and, before the start of the film festival students from Beloit, Janesville, Beloit Turner, and South Beloit will gather at the Central Christian Church Theater in Beloit to watch and critique a collection of short films produced especially for kids.

This year, BIFF has added The Student Filmmaker Showcase and The Into the Outdoors Workshop to the lineup for burgeoning young filmmakers.

The Student Filmmaker Showcase for high school and junior high school students includes four weeks of workshops at the Ironworks Career Tek facility in Beloit. Conducted by Beloit filmmakers Marjorie and Brenton Driscoll of Peer Canvas, students will focus on screenwriting, smartphone-based camera work, acting, lighting, editing, and more, culminating in a BIFF screening of all the finished short films. The Showcase is made possible by The Stateline Community Foundation and Barb and Tom Morgan.

A professional crew from the Emmy Award winning program Into The Outdoors will share their talents with students aged 12-16 at Career Tek in Beloit on Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. During the session (sponsored by Discover Mediaworks, producers of Into the Outdoors) students will learn about performing in front of a camera and possibly get a shot at hosting a future episode.