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Former KCAU-TV creative specialists will lead local film festival

The event is set for September 12–16

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Sioux City International Film Festival Board has announced that 50 short films from 18 countries and 21 states have been selected for screening at the 14th annual Festival, September 12-16 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center and the Historic Orpheum Theatre. 

The festival is adding a “artist-in-residence” program.  A pair of former KCAU-TV creative minds are being featured.

Sioux City native Ron Clements and Canton, SD native John Behring will be speaking and offer workshops during the event.  

Clements is a five-time Academy Award nominee and creator of Disney classics including Moana.
As a way to honor Clements, Walt Disney Studios is allowing SCIFF to show the motion picture Moana at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, September 15, at 1 p.m.

Behring is a renowned television director, cinematographer, and producer. He has directed over 100 episodes of television drama, in well-known series including Gotham, Blue Bloods, and Dawson’s Creek to mention only a few. 

“This Festival promises to be our best ever,” said Tim Bottaro, one of the Festival’s co-founders and president of the board. “Hearing Ron and John speak will be a once-in-a-lifetime  opportunity for Siouxland film students and audiences in general. 

This year's film selections are also out.  Those titles are listed below.


Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge, Aaron Johnson, USA. Milwaukee, WI

Icons, Ronnie Cramer, USA

Negative Spaces, Michaela Wadzinski, USA, Lincoln, NE

Panic Attack, Eileen O'Meara, USA

The Pattern, Azad Jannati, Iran

Sonder, Andrew Dudley, USA, San Francisco, CA


Baggage, Andi Behring, USA, Los Angeles, CA

Busker Kid, Kristy Walsh, USA, Philadelphia, PA

Fifteen, Kara Hakanson, USA, St. Paul, MN

Old-Men, Jordan Inconstant, France

Rag Dolls, Justin and Kristin Schaack, USA, Richfield, MN

Sac de Merde, Arielle Haller-Silverstone, USA, New York, NY


Children of the Dust, Dan Sadgrove, New Zealand

Father, Imogen Kate Hopper, Australia

The Happiness Machine, Rebecca Blumhagen, USA, New York, NY

Jerusalem Voices, Marc Kornblatt, USA, Madison, WI

Little Fiel, Irina Patkanian, USA, Brooklyn, NY

Marieke, Thomas C. Johnson, USA, Wisconsin

Portrait: A Ballet Film in Four Movements, Jack Meggers, USA, Des Moines, IA

Tailing Pond, Saurav Vishnu, India

The Secret to Longevity, Nikolia Apostolou, Greece

This is Our Land, Ryan Bort and David Poyzer, USA, Des Moines, IA


A Month, Zgjim Terziqi, Kosovo

Je Suis, Faith Strongheart, USA, Los Angeles, CA

LA Fadeaway, Meg Sutton, USA, Los Angeles, CA

Meer Bel Nacht (The Sea at Night), Kim Fabienne Hertinger, Germany

The Scary Ham, Sue Mroz, USA, Chicago, IL

Spinosaurus, Tessa Hoffe, UK (Scotland, director from New Zealand)

What Remains of You, Damien Megherbi, France

Horror/Science Fiction/Fantasy 

Candlelight Witch, Becca, USA, Studio City, CA

Chateau Sauvignon, David E. Munz-Marie, USA, Brooklyn, NY

FlyTrap, Connor Bland, USA, Los Angeles, CA

Goodnight Gracie, Stellen Kendrick, USA, Los Angeles, CA

In Her Image, Nikoloz Kevkhishvili, USA, Atlanta, GA

Last Tree Standing, Agnes Peck-McGregor, Australia

Mi-Fi, David Mair, USA, Vadnais Heights, MN

Mr. Pointy, USA, Sioux Falls, SD

Operation Safehouse, Alex Sitnik, UK

Painted Skin, Leiqi Lin, USA

Quiet Room, Sam Wineman, USA, Los Angeles, CA

Witches of Wonder, John Gigrich, USA


Best of Luck, Natalie London, USA

Evoke, Asia LeMasters, USA

Haircut, Jason Phillips, USA

Heather Has Four Moms, Rani Crowe, USA

Summer, Pearl Gluck, USA

Uniform, Jeffrey James Keyes, USA, New York, NY

Work, Sam Griffin, USA, Los Angeles, CA

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