“The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove” and “Birthday” Take Top Honors
Last night at the conclusion of the Siouxland Film Festival, prizes were awarded to the top three Local films as well as the top three National / International films. Winners were chosen by audience members who voted after the screenings. Six of the films shown were the World Premier of their film.
Local Film Winners:
Grand Prize ($500 and the Siouxsie Award) The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove, by John Richard (Iowa City)
Second Place ($250 prize) Someone for Everyone, by Kyle Rogers (Sioux Falls)
Third Place ($50 prize) High Five Guy!, by Ben Catus (Sioux City)
National / International Winners:
Grand Prize ($500 and the Siouxsie Award) Birthday, by Chris King (California)
Second Place ($250 prize) I’ve Just Had a Dream, by Javier Navarro (Spain)
Third Place ($50 prize) Nobody, by Tom Radovich (Illinois)
In addition, on Thursday a Siouxsie Award was also awarded to the winner of the International / Art House film, “I’ve Just Had a Dream” by Javier Navarro. On Friday the Siouxsie was awarded to the best Horror, Sci-fi, Fantasy film, “What’s Eating Dad” by Michael Goldberg.
This year over 85 films from 8 countries and the United States were entered. The Siouxland Institute of Film selected the thirty-three films that were shown over three days. Events were held at three locations: the Sioux City Art Center, the Sioux City Public Museum, and the Orpheum Theater. The complete listing of the films is available at http://siouxlandfilmfestival.org/?p=311
About the Festival
The Siouxland Institute of Film, Inc. and its creators have been working for 11 years to promote independent film in Siouxland, a tri-state area including parts of Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. We bring the Siouxland community together for three evenings of entertainment, supplied by local area independent moviemakers and those from around the world.
This year’s festival was proudly presented by Great Western Bank, and by:
- Western Iowa Tech Community College
• WIT Lifelong Learning
• Women Aware
• Dave Bernstein and State Steel
• Orpheum Theatre
• M&M Copy Quick
• KTIV Channel 4
• Produce Iowa