Hello Everyone!

Our festival is open for new submissions for 2021! We are going to do it in person and on-line this year just like we did last year! Socially distanced with lots of fun! Except this year we are expanding our reach and showing our films in thee states and three different theaters! Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The tri-state area in the heart of the Midwest in the United States!

Thank you Filmmakers for being a part of this festival. It was a success, pandemic and all.

We had lots of obstacles and we still did it. I will be in touch with about awards and judging responses.
Our very special event is "Up Up and Away with Ed Asner Day" parade on September 13 12:30! Mr. ASNER was our very special guest as Master of Ceremonies. It was lovely. We had a good old fashioned small town parade!

Follow our Featured Friday Filmmakers series with participating filmmakers!

Please go to www.sacrednoisesociety.org for Featured Friday Filmmaker interviews!

We had a very special event with the one and only "ED ASNER" on Sunday September, 13, 2020. "Up Up and Away with Ed Asner Day!"

It was a blast. It is going to a blast this year too! Here is to 2021!

Katie O'Regan
Artistic Director Sacred Noise Society

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
  • Julie Koehnen

    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
  • Steve Cannon

    Very disappointing. Times told our movie would show continually got pushed back. Long drive and investment for little or no return.

    September 2020
  • Emmett Loverde

    Attending the Spring Grove FF was really enjoyable. The town was very welcoming, the screenings and talkbacks went very well, I had great conversations with audience members and other filmmakers, and Betsy's Bed and Breakfast was one of the most charming places I've ever stayed. I hope to return with another film down the line.

    September 2020
  • Joe Chvala

    We were thrilled to have our film COOKAPHONY streamed at the Spring Grove International Film Festival. I wish we could have been there. Everyone we dealt with was so upbeat and wonderful. We would definitely have gone if it weren't for the pandemic. Heard that it went well. Hopefully we will be able to go next year!

    September 2020