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BIFF 2016: Eleven years and counting

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Now in its 11th year, the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) is a ten-day tribute to the power of film and the excitement of independent film from around the world.  

On Monday, Marty Densch and John Mitchell stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event.

Since its start, BIFF has been committed to honoring filmmakers. That artistic respect is carried on by the audiences that come to BIFF each year.

Diane and the late Ken Hendricks inspired the creation of BIFF and encouraged community support of the program. Their active participation in the planning process and in helping to develop professional ties with the film industry has been invaluable. Diane continues the Hendricks Group’s support and involvement.

Local residents and visitors from across the nation fill venues, ranging in size from 40 to 400 seats for more than 100 films, and to meet scores of filmmakers who come from throughout the U.S. and as far away as Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mitchell directed "Cheeseheads: The Documentary," which is one of the featured films during the festival.  The documentary chronicles a devoted Cheesehead who returns to the place of his youth to discover if Wisconsin is still as amazing as he remembered it to be, and to search out the deeper meaning of what it means to be a Cheesehead.

The Beloit International Film Festival runs through Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Click here to learn more about "Cheeseheads: The Documentary."

Click here to learn more about BIFF and to check out the festival schedule.

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