BIFF: Teaching a new generation of filmmakers
BELOIT Thirteen-year-old Mackenzie Hopfauf has aspirations of producing and directing films and hopes the Beloit International Film Festival will be just one step toward her goals.
The Roscoe Middle School eighth-grader submitted a film for the Student Filmmaker Showcase, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 16, at the Beloit Public Library as part of the film festival. Representatives from the film festival still were reviewing films for the student showcase as of Wednesday.
The Beloit International Film Festival will be held Feb. 14-17 at various locations in Beloit, Janesville and Rockford.
“This is the first year I’ve entered a film,” Hopfauf said. “I saw some of the films at the festival last year, but this is the first year I’ve done it.”
The film that Hopfauf submitted, entitled “Curse,” is about seven cousins who play hide and seek at their grandmother’s house where they find a jewelry box. The curious cousins try on the jewelry, only to find out later that the jewelry is cursed.
Hopfauf, who often films video clips with her friends, said it took her about four hours to complete the film. She said one of her friends helped her develop the idea for the film.
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Beloit International Film Festival
-- Feb. 1 -Feb. 17
-- Beloit, Janesville, Rockford