12th Annual

Siouxland Film Festival

February 24, 2016 to February 27, 2016

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Sioux City IA 51102
Phone: 712-222-4120
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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.


Our goal is to promote the art of film.


The Siouxland Institute of Film, Inc. and its creators have been working for 12 years to promote independent film in Siouxland, a tri-state area including parts of Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. With over 160,000 people living in the immediate area and marketing to thousands more that live nearby, we work to bring in films throughout the year and host the Siouxland Film Festival. For the 12th year in a row, we will be bringing the Siouxland community together, this year EXPANDING yet even further to four days. Showings are primarily in downtown Sioux City. Wednesday the 24th of February will be documentaries at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Thursday the 25th of February will be a night showing International and Art House films at the Sioux City Art Center, Friday the 26th a Horror/SciFI night at the Sioux City Museum, and Saturday the 27th two shows at the historic Orpheum Theater, a 2400 seat renovated performance hall. Submissions come from around the world and from "local" independent moviemakers. It is an entirely "shorts" program, with a 30 minute limit. Prizes will awarded in each of the four nights.


-All movies must be no longer than thirty (30) minutes.

-Any subject matter (Documentary, Short-fiction, Animation, Experimental, etc.) . If submitting for the Horror/SciFi category please note same.

-Although we would prefer your work to be submitted via Withoutabox you may mail to the festival by appropriate deadlines.

-Any submission must include your email and street address.

-Once submitted the film cannot be withdrawn.

-Submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival.

-There are four days of screenings: Wednesday, February 24th will be at the Western Iowa Tech theater featuring Documentaries, Thursday, Feb. 25th will be at the Sioux City Art Center (showing a thematic category to be determined based on submissions). Friday, Feb. 26th will be at the Sioux City Public Museum showing Horror/SciFi films. The winner of each, selected by the audience, will also be shown on Saturday, Feb. 27th at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater during the Open Shorts Program featuring shorts from around the world and local filmmakers. All winners are selected by the audience by ballot vote tabulated from the two showings on Saturday the 27th.


Siouxland Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or entity submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Siouxland Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.