And it’s a wrap! What a sweet festival we had. As Daniel Baldwin said, it’s a “boutique “ festival. It was a wonderful festival and I so grateful to all who attebded❤️. More to come about the online link to screen movies. As you know the final awards including International awards will be announced in a few weeks.
Love and hugs,

More to come!

September 25th 2020

Filmmaker Awards “Spring Grove International Film Festival”
Inaugural Festival September 11-13th

1) “Three Bells” Director Jake Griggs.
1) Most Inspiring short film.
2) Best Wisconsin Filmmaker Award.

2) ”1000 Miles to Nome” Director David Mabel & Steve Cannon
Best Nature Feature Award.

3) “16 to Life” Director Becky Smith.
Best Iowa Feature Film Award.

4) Trilogy of Shorts films. “Inner Peace” “Pretty Ugly Dreams”
“The Space of Peace” Director Svern Lang.
Best Iowa Short Filmmaker Award.

5) “The Butterfly Effect” Directed by Deb Wallwork and Janet Bayliss.
Best Butterfly Film in Category Award.

6) “The Dental Plan” Director Wayne Diu.
Best Action Film Award.

7) “Cookophony” Director Joe Chavala.

1) Best Dance Film Director in Festival Category Award.
2) Best Dance Cast Award.

8) “The Wolf” Director/Writer M.R. Fitzgerald.

1) Best psychological Intellectual Script “The Wolf” M.R. Fitzgerald.
2) Best Cinematography 10-30-minute category.

9) ”The Chair” Director Ronnie Cramer.
Best Animation Award.

10) “Blake” Directed by David Busch.
Most heartwarming Short Film.

11) “The Business of Autism” Director Stephen Mackey.
Best Film in Autism Category Award.

12) “Beauty Brains and Personality” Writer/Director Emmet Loverde.
1)Best scripted Feature.
2) Best Film Marketer Award.

13) “The One and Only Jewish Miss America” Director David Around.
Best Documentary Feature Award.

14) “Father and Father” Directors Michael Baumgarten & Art Camacho.
Best Short Action Film Award.

15) “Master Servant” Director Julie Koehnen.
1) Best Short Film Minnesota Filmmaker Award.
2) Best Costumes in Festival Award.

16) “On Top of The World” Director Kevin Isaacson.
Special Director Media Award for film and podcast work.

17) “Maids” Director Sofia Castro.
Best International Dance Film Award.

18) “Senior Entourage” Director Brian Connors.
1) Best Supporting Actress Marion Ross.
2) Best Actors Lifetime Achievement acting awards, Mr. Ed Asner and Mr. Mark Rydell.
3) Best special supporting actor award David Lockhart.
4) Best Singer Award Helen Reddy.
5) Best Director/Writer. Brian Connors.
6) Best bit Player Zia Jamali.
7) Best Producers Award Teresa Porter, Zia Jamali.

19 ) “Good Men” Director/Writer Brian Connors.
1) Best Actor of the festival. Mr. Ed Asner.
2) Best short script 10-minute category award.

20) “The Blue Butterfly” Directed by Gina Meinertz.
Best short family historical creative film Minnesota Award.

1) All films entered may have appeared at other festivals.
2) Selected film makers will be given a free pass to the festival.
3) Selected film makers may be asked to give a presentation for the audience.
4) No pornography or nudity will be accepted.
5) Festival will retain the right to show films at all venues within the festival.
6) All films must be sent in a digital file submitted on-line.
7) No hard copy films will be accepted for entry.
8) All materials submitted will not be returned to film makers.
9) Please be advised that the festival is family friendly and open to all people of all walks of life and of from all countries.
10) Housing will not be provided for film makers.
11) The La Crosse, Wisconsin airport is 40 minutes away and The Rochester Minnesota Airport is an hour away.

Films were shown all day Friday and Saturday, with invited artists speaking about their films in special sessions live and on zoom in some cases!

Live parade honoring Mr. Ed Asner on September13th. Spring Grove has declared Ed Asner Day an official Holiday! Come join the fun! Mask up and socially distant!

Sponsored by Sacred Noise Society Inc .

Overall Rating
  • VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PARTICIPATE WITH OUR T.V SITCOM DIZZY'S WORLD WINNING AND STAR JOANNA SANCHEZ WINNING BEST ACTRESS. Betsey's b and b is a phenomenal place and Betsey is even better and transportation was exceptional.Katie really produced an excellent festival. All festivals and their accommodation could learn a thing or two from such wonderful people.

    July 2021
  • Very happy to have been part of this Festival,  with 4 dance films from my "DFC dance for camera project" (COLONY,  DRESS CODE, HOME 23.20, WAITING ROOM ).
    Being selected was a great honor.
    Great communication and feedback.
    I wish you all the best for your next events.
    Didier Mulleras
    choreographer - visual artist - film maker (France)

    July 2021
  • I was truly blown away by the Spring Grove Caledonia Film Festival. They put on a very unique event, and made the filmmakers feel extremely welcome. They LITERALLY threw us a parade! :)
    I was also extremely impressed by the fact that it's only their 2nd year and they already have celebrity guests involved and premiering films at their festival! My movie played right after Daniel Baldwin's. My cast and I had a fantastic time. I'm going to submit every movie I make to this festival! They go above and beyond!

    July 2021
  • Mario Lopez

    Thank you for selecting “The Rainy Day” to the festival. I wish I could have attended but the updates made me feel like I was there. Thanks again!

    July 2021
  • I wanted to congratulate Katie O'Regan for this huge undertaking. The festival is new, and it had its issues, but I found that they were very eager to correct whatever situation occurred. I applaud the idea of centering the festival around Ed Asner, which included a parade. Very charming, lighthearted festival. Much needed in these difficult times.

    September 2020