4th Annual Beacon Independent Film Festival



Please join us on September 16-18, 2016 for the 4th Annual Beacon Independent Film Festival. We will screen features, shorts, documentaries and more. Panel discussions, food vendors, green space, interactive activities for kids and adults make it an event for the whole family.

Special events include:
– Opening night gala at Dogwood (Fri, 9/16)
– Filmmaker breakfast at The CineHub (Sat, 9/17)
– Fright Night at The CineHub (Sat, 9/17)
– Free kids’ programming (Sun, 9/18)

Come for a single movie, a day or the whole weekend. We can’t wait to see you!

  • $13.50 – Opening Night
  • $12 – Individual movie block
  • $35 – 3-day pass for the entire festival
  • $10 – 3-day pass for anyone who holds a NYS Benefits Card
  • 10% discount for seniors and students

BIFF 2016 DAY 1

BIFF 2016 DAY 2

BIFF 2016 DAY 3



BIFF Quarterly Film Series Presents Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade

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The Beacon Independent Film Festival and The Howland Cultural Center are pleased to present the documentary Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade (Director’s Cut).

The movie takes place in 1982 at the dawn of the video-game age. The world’s best gamers gathered together in a now-legendary meeting at Iowa’s Twin Galaxies arcade. This led to the nationally televised 1982 Video Game World Championships, a touring National Video Game Team, and the promise of fame, fortune and groupies. This documentary looks at the players then and now, offering a fascinating look at the history of gaming at the very beginning of what has now become a billion dollar industry.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the coveted Grand Jury Prize.

Beacon resident Michael Verrechia is the producer of this film and we will have a Q&A with him following the screening. Also, before the movie we will show the extended trailer for Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next, which begins in theaters February 12.

WHERE: The Howland Cultural Center
WHEN: Friday February 12, 2016
ADMISSION: $10; $8 for seniors; $8 for Beacon Arts Members showing their membership cards. $5 for students.