The 16th 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 Film Latinx -- fitting as our festival falls during Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 thru October 15).

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 Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn.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
  • Brian Elliott

    Great communication with us - an honor to be included!

    November 2019
  • They treated me like a VIP even though I only let them know I was able to attend the morning of the event. The quality of the films screened was very high.

    October 2019
  • 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