2016 Festival Winners Announced

“Auction Insider: The John Zimmer Story” and “Figs for Italo”
Take Top Honors

At the conclusion of the Siouxland Film Festival, prizes were awarded to the Grand Prize Local Film as well as the top three National / International films. Winners were chosen by audience members who voted after the screenings.

Local Film Winner:

Grand Prize ($500 + the Siouxsie Grand Prize Award)
     Auction Insider: The John Zimmer Collection, by Eric Benson (Iowa)

National / International Winners:

Grand Prize ($500 and the Siouxsie Grand Prize Award)
     Figs for Italo, by Bob Celli (New York)
Second Place ($250 prize)
     Situational, by Scott Simonsen  (California)
Third Place ($100 prize)
     Cowboys, by Bernabe Rico (Spain)

In addition, on Wednesday a Siouxsie Award was given to the winner of the Documentary film, “Auction Insider: The John Zimmer Collection.” On Thursday a Siouxsie Award was awarded to the winner of the International / Art House film, “Cowboys” by Bernabe Rico of Spain. On Friday the Siouxsie was awarded to the best Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy film, “Remote Viewing” by Kristen Anderson-Sauve of Canada.

Cash prizes and a copy of the script-writing software “Final Draft” went to the Grand Prize winners as well as the three nightly genre winners and the second place National / International winner.

The Siouxland Institute of Film is extremely pleased with the quality and range of films we were able to showcase this year over four nights. None of this would have been possible without the participation of our fantastic audiences in Siouxland, the filmmakers from around the world, and from our local sponsors: Pepsi of Siouxland, Great Western Bank, Dave Bernstein & State Steel, Women Aware, Friends of Siouxland Public Media (KWIT), Orpheum Theater, M&M Copy Quick, KES Productions, Jolly-Time, KTIV, KCAU, Produce Iowa.

Thanks again, Siouxland. We’ll be back next year for the 13th Annual Siouxland Film Festival!

2016 Festival:

Pepsi of Siouxland Presents:

12th Annual Siouxland Film Festival
February 24 to 27, 2016

 Four Big Nights:

Wednesday, February 24, 7 PM at Western Iowa Tech Community College
     Documentary Short Films, Sponsored by Friends of Siouxland Public Media

Thursday, February 25, 7 PM at the Sioux City Art Center
     International and Art House Films, Sponsored by Great Western Bank

Friday, February 26, 7 PM at the Sioux City Public Museum
     Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction,  Sponsored by Produce Iowa

Saturday, February 27 at the Orpheum Theater. 2 PM and 7 PM Showings!
     General Films and Genre Winners

Print your own Personal Scoring Sheet at home and bring to the show!




All films are 30 minutes or shorter!

Shows at 7 PM EACH NIGHT (bonus 2 PM show on Saturday!) Tickets available at the door of that evening’s showing, 1-hour before each show. We do NOT accept credit cards.

Tickets: $6 cash each; $3 cash each for students.

Who Will Be Awarded the Prestigious Siouxsie Award?

Cash Prizes and Awards to filmmakers will be made after the Saturday showing.

Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce Street, Sioux City, Iowa

Our sponsors make this possible: Pepsi Cola of Siouxland, Friends of Siouxland Public Media (KWIT), Dave Bernstein & State Steel, Women Aware, Great Western Bank, Final Draft, Produce Iowa, Orpheum Theater, Morningside College, M&M Copy Quick. Special thanks to KES Productions and the Sioux City Symphony.

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Our 12th annual festival will be over FOUR nights, February 24, 25, 26, and 27. Join with our area filmmakers and celebrate our local films, as well as the national and international filmmakers who will enter their films in our festival. We’re improving the festival to make it an even bigger and more enjoyable event for everyone.



(5) Winners will receive a copy of Final Draft
$100, $250, and $500 CASH Prizes
Siouxsie Award

You may enter your film three ways:

  1. Enter online via WithoutaBox or
  2. Enter online via Filmfreeway or
  3. Mail a playable DVD to:
    Siouxland Film Festival
    P.O. Box 3086
    Sioux City IA 51102

Entry deadlines:

November 15, 2015 early bird deadline  $20 fee, $15 if you use WOAB
December 15, 2015 Regular deadline $25 fee,   $20
January 15, 2016  Late deadline  $30, $25
January 29, 2016  final/extended deadline  $50, $30

FINAL Deadline for submissions is January 29, 2016.
If we don’t have your film by then, it will not be considered.

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Shorts Program

This is an open shorts program, accepting any genre. Films must be 30 minutes in length or less and have been made after January 1, 2014. Graduate film students are encouraged to submit. One thematic showing will done on Thursday at the Sioux City Art Center with the winner also shown on Saturday at the Orpheum Theater.

Local Filmmakers

If you have a short movie of 30 minutes or less and you are from anywhere in Iowa or within 90 miles of Sioux City in Nebraska or South Dakota send it in! This category will be separately judged!


Give us your best shorts (30 minutes or less) which are horror or science fiction themed. We are having a special Friday night showing at the local museum. The winner, selected by the audience, will receive a $250 first prize and trophy and a Final Draft software package and will be shown on Saturday as well (maximum prize winnings of $500 for the two nights). You may submit to this category and the Open Shorts Program. We reserve the right to show the film at a time selected by us.


Beginning in 2016 we are featuring Documentary short films in a special showing on Wednesday, Feb. 24th. A prize will be awarded and the winner will be shown twice on Saturday at the Orpheum Theater.

-All films entered via Withoutabox online must pay an entry fee per film entered.

-Any submissions from outside of the three-state area must be made by uploading the film to Withoutabox.

If your film is a final selection for the festival you must either mail us a DVD, or send it electronically using .mp4, or .mkv file of less than 2GB through the following website:https://wetransfer.com/   Ideally, any videos sent electronically will be encoded as h.264 and have AC3 audio. If they are not, we will try our best to encode them for the festival DVD. Any video that cannot be encoded will not be included.