2015 Festival Winners Announced

“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

2015 Film Lineup

The Siouxland Institute of Film is pleased to announce the final lineup for the 2015 Siouxland Film Festival, February 26, 27 and 28.  Thirty-three films will be shown over three days.

Over 80 films from 8 countries and the United States were entered, 33 of the best were selected. Included in Thursday’s showing at the Art Center is the WORLD PREMIER of the French film, “Un Jour de Lucidite.”

The wide range of styles of film includes comedy, drama, romance, animation, science fiction and horror. Films were submitted from our local area as well as from across the United States, Australia, England, Spain, Canada, Taiwan, Sweden, France and Japan.

After each evening, audience members will be given ballots to choose the audience favorite from that night. Filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes and the prestigious “Siouxsie Award”


Thursday, February 26, 7 PM   (International and Art House Films)

Sioux City Art Center
225 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, IA


Friday, February 27, 7 PM   (Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films)

Sioux City Public Museum
607 4th Street
Sioux City, IA


Saturday, February 28, 2 PM and 7 PM   (Open Category and Winning Films)

Orpheum Theater
528 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA


Tickets are available at the door, one hour prior to the start of the showings. Tickets are just $6 per person ($3 per student) for EACH show, credit cards NOT accepted. Cash bar available at each venue.

Get your own “Personal Scoring Sheet” you can print with the listings for all the films. Click Here to download PDF (3 pages)

Please note that some films are not suitable for children; most would probably be rated PG-13, some are more intense.

2015 Siouxland Film Festival Lineup

Thursday, February 26, 7 PM

Sioux City Art Center
225 Nebraska Street
Sioux City, IA

International and Art House Films

Film Director From Time
Batman and Jimbo Angus Mullane Australia 7 min
Un Jour de Lucidite Emilie and Sarah Barbault France 28 min
Michelle Amy Rankin Illinois 5 min
Of Poetry and Pigeons Colleen Kenney Fleischer Local 4 min
September Sketch Book Ronnie Cramer Colorado 8 min
The Mane Man Seamus Ryan Australia 25 min
Swedish Table Tennis Patrick Delhougne Missouri 4 min
Replacement Luiz Felipe Sandre Sweden 7 min
I’ve Just Had a Dream Javier Navarro Spain 8 min

Friday, February 27, 7 PM

Sioux City Public Museum
607 4th Street
Sioux City, IA

Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy

(Some Films are NOT Appropriate for Children)
Film Director From Time
Shi Pablo Absento Japan 8 min
Helio Teddy Cecil California 20 min
Telephone Nathan Hoffman Minnesota 9 min
The Washing Machine Lorenzo Pomari California 11 min
The Captain Catherine Wolf California 27 min
What’s Eating Dad Michael Goldburg New York 11 min
Roommates Jonathan Mendoza Virginia 16 min
Teasers Rafael De Leon, Jr. New York 9 min
Chasing the Past Jonathan Salemi California 17 min
Mr. Denton Ivan Villamel Sanchez Spain 9 min

Saturday, February 28, 2 PM and 7 PM

Orpheum Theater
528 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA

Open Category Films and Previous Day Winners

Film Director From Time
Someone For Everyone Kyle Rogers Local 8 min
Nobody Tom Radovich Illinois 17 min
HIgh Five Guy! Ben Catus Local 2 min
Showtime Marko Albrecht New Jersey 6 min
Oh Crappy Day Jon Bacon N Carolina 18 min
Previous Day Winner #1 To Be Determined    
Previous Day Winner #2 To Be Determined    
Over Shadowed Jesse Spitzer Local 24 sec
The Gift of Walnut Grove John Richard Local 18 min
Last Day of Summer Mike Biondo Illinois 3 min
Re+Belief Raymond McCarthy Bergeron Maryland 7 min
Save Myself Harlan Hegna Minnesota 4 min
That’s So Gay Jason Lees Local 3 min
Birthday Chris King California 11 min
Driver David Mair Minnesota 9 min