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Volunteering for Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) -

Volunteering for Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF)

Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) … Volunteering is a Joy!

Each winter, as the snow turns grittier, grey, and grimy, I find myself eagerly anticipating the Beloit International Film Festival. The joyous time of Christmas is fading into memory, and spring seems to be light years away from emerging. This is when I begin feeling a surge of cabin fever; I need something to do.

Gazing at the creative culmination of a final edit of various films inspires me to get involved. The community of filmmakers, viewers, as well as meeting both new and old Beloit friends who venture into the cold to attend the films is more than enough of enticement to leave my house.

Luckily, I can depend on enjoying my time volunteering for Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF). Over the years, as the festival grows, my commitment to volunteering thrives. I anticipate basking in the warm movie glow as the opening credits roll.

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Ten Fantastic Years!

I am so pleased BIFF is entering its tenth year of showing a wide range of films from all over the world. Suddenly, for a couple of weeks, downtown (and other BIFF locations) is teeming with people with the shared love of film.

This year, the festival begins on February 20 and continues into March 1.

Sometimes I collected tickets; sometimes I made announcements and introductions. Thus satisfied, I then sit down in a darkened room, ready for the next film adventure.

Each volunteer gets free access to four films of their own choosing, depending if their particular choice is still open and in need of a volunteering hand. And, I admit, it’s also pretty cool to wear a shiny lanyard with my name on it; I feel official, useful, and part of a spirited team.

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Singin’ in the Rain

I am helpless to resist the draw of BIFF. In childhood, my mother sparked my love affair with film. She cultivated in me the love of a good film, and introduced me to my first crush, Cary Grant.

Watching old MGM musicals, such as “Singin’ In the Rain,” filled me with the sense that life can be bold, beautiful, funny. I also learned it’s entirely okay to break out into song when the moment calls for it!

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Growing Up with Film

As a teenager, I devoured all things Alfred Hitchcock. I studied his storytelling abilities, lens angles, wardrobe choices, and marveled at how quickly engrossing his films can be.

Then, as I grew up, I worked on my film palate. I developed a taste for delicious subtitles, foreign lands, and melodious accents. So volunteering for BIFF paved way for me to access unique, heartfelt, funny, weird, and thoughtful films which rarely make a smash in the national box office.

I’ve begun my annual task of combing through the BIFF catalog to read summaries of films, attempting the impossible – trying to choose which films to watch! But at least I can now comfort myself with the knowledge that BIFF is only a few weeks away, and another year of volunteering may commence.



I am a reader, knitter, freelance writer, and a big believer in laughter and positive thinking. When not working, I love to travel, attend live theater, go antiquing (thus enjoying some great antique stores in Beloit), and taking pictures in an effort to understand the crazy, Technicolor world I live in.

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