The 17th 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.

Each year, we create a panel and workshops devoted to a special category, and this year the SCIFF theme is Music in Film!

We love meeting filmmakers so we work with you to attend once your submission has been accepted. When you arrive, we'll provide you with a comprehensive packet about the festival and the city, and you'll have access to the Filmmakers' Lounge -- a quiet space stocked with snacks and beverages as well as a congregating place where you can connect with and other filmmakers. And our audiences love meeting you, too; you will find they appreciate your hard work and will enjoy engaging in discussions with you.

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 living nearby.

Screening categories are subject to change based on entries received.

Up to $10,000 in Cash and prizes*!

Best Documentary • $500 First Prize and a Siouxsie Award
Comedy • $500 First Prize and a Siouxsie Award
Horror/Thriller • $500 First Prize and a Siouxsie Award
Sci-Fi/Fantasy • $500 First Prize and a Siouxsie Award
Drama • $500 First Prize and Siouxsie Award
Audience Choice • Siouxsie Award
Best of the Fest • Siouxsie Award

*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 Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn.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. We reserve the right to determine when films will be screened. We DO NOT pay for any screening fees for any film that was submitted for review for our competition.

Sioux City International Film Festival reserves the right to utilize any accepted film 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 a DCP or PRORES equivalent video file for conversion to DCP for theatrical distribution. We accept DCP and Prores or equivalent files for conversion to DCP for exhibition at the Festival. Films delivered on DCP must be available to download or be delivered on a flash drive with a non-DCP backup. All DCPs must be DCI compliant. All DCPs must not be encrypted. ProRes file backup copies must be provided for all theatrically exhibited projects. Please note that these specifications are subject to change at any time.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for providing me with the best first festival experience! I would recommend to every filmmaker to visit this wonderful city and festival! Everything was perfectly planned and organized with big love! 10/10

    November 2021
  • Carleton Rodgers

    Great communication and although I couldn't participate this time around, the festival looked to be a great success! I want to thank you for including Transmission as part of your programme and I'm absolutely delighted that we won the audience choice award for Best Sci-fI. I will certainly be submitting to the Sioux City International Film Festival again!

    October 2021
  • Patrick Weiers

    The festival has a great team of passionate and attentive organizers who curated an incredible lineup. They have a genuine desire to support independent short films, and I was honoured to be part of a virtual filmmakers roundtable.

    October 2021
  • Had such a fantastic experience with SCIFF! The staff are extremely communicative and in every way wonderful... Even without being able to attend in person, they made the remote filmmakers feel completely included and part of the festivities!

    October 2021
  • A great festival! I've been in SCIFF two separate years, as well as going as just a viewer for several years, and they only improve an already great festival every year. Also they have a very communicative and friendly staff. Can't recommend enough!

    October 2021