The 15th Annual Sioux City International Shorts Film Festival

SCIFF is the longest continuously running shorts film festival in Iowa. Our festival has evolved over the years to a four-day-event held in downtown Sioux City. Often over a third of our entries are from international destinations. SCIFF is a shorts festival with films not exceeding 30 minutes in length.

This year SCIFF is focusing on women involved with film making in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the end of women's suffrage . We are celebrating women writers, directors, actors and producers with themed presentations, workshops and discussions.

It’s all about YOU, the filmmaker

We make a big fuss over our attending filmmakers with a Sioux City themed gift basket, a green room stocked with free drinks and goodies and an exclusive area for you to network with other filmmakers. Most of all, our audiences are incredibly appreciative of your work.

The Sioux City International Film Festival strives to promote independent film in a tri-state area including parts of Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. We have over 175,000 people living in the immediate area and we market to thousands more that live nearby.

Although filmmakers are asked to note the genre of their films, Festival judges reserve the right to place each film in the appropriate category for screening.

Screening categories are subject to change based on entries received.

Up to $10,000 in Cash and prizes!

Best in Genre - Siouxsie trophy
Audience Choice - Siouxsette trophy
Best of the Fest - Siouxsie trophy

*Prizes include airfare and accommodations for a few selected filmmakers to attend.

We accept only short films, defined as no longer than thirty (30) minutes. All subject matter is acceptable.

Submissions must include your email and street address. Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn.

Submissions may be screened more than once during the Festival and we reserve the right to determine when to show it.

Sioux City International Film Festival is granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes in perpetuity.

The person submitting the film warrants that they are authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts all the rules and terms.

The person submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless Sioux City International Film Festival and Siouxland Institute of Film, Inc. (our parent nonprofit corporation) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, fees and costs, including attorney fees, that arise out of failure of the person submitting to have all rights needed to submit the film.

If your film is selected for screening we will need the following media file for exhibition purposes: .mp4 with h.264 codec, 1920 x 1080p, 23.976fps or 29.97fps (no larger than 2gb)

Overall Rating
  • This festival loves film and filmmakers. From the multiplex venue to the filmmaker lounge, you are royally treated. The communication was fantastic through the entire process. We had the opportunity to see some wonderful films, attend great panels, and connect with wonderful filmmakers. This festival will continue to grow. Thank you to the entire team!

    October 2019
  • Agnes Peel-McGregor (Baginska)

    Wonderful festival and great communication from the team. Thank you so much for screening our film!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    We were delighted to show your wonderful film. Thanks for entering!

  • azad jannati

    Thank you so much for screening my film "The Pattern", I will submit my next film to the Sioux City Film Festival again.

    September 2018
  • Dominic Wieneke

    An excellent festival that treats filmmakers like royalty. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, there is always a smiling face willing to assist in any way possible. Great communication throughout the process. I will definitely be submitting the next project.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks! So glad you had a great time -- we sure did!

  • matthew leutwyler

    Sioux City International Film Festival was one of the most attentive, welcoming festivals I've had the pleasure to experience. Highly recommend that other filmmakers submit.

    June 2017