FILMS FROM GERMANY AND IOWA WIN TOP HONORS AT LOCAL FILM FEST

The 14th annual Sioux City International Film Festival (SCIFF) closed with an awards program in which “Meer bei Nacht” (The Sea at Night), a drama by German filmmaker Kim Fabienne Hertinger, won the judges’ grand prize, and “The Happiness Machine,” a documentary shot in Iowa by Rebecca Blumhagen, won the festival’s top audience choice award.

The award-winning films were among 60 selections from 18 countries and 21 states that were screened over the five-day festival, which also featured workshops and appearances by Hollywood directors Ron Clements, John Behring, John Musker, and Marty Iker.

The best-attended festival event was a Disney-sponsored screening of “Moana” at the Orpheum. After the movie, Clements and his co-director John Musker gave the audience a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made. They signed hundreds of autographs for fans of his movies, which include Disney classics “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Other festival awards include:

Local Film Showcase, Audience Choice: “Hidden Treasures Among Us,” by Sue Headley, Sioux City,A

Documentary Shorts, Audience Choice: “The Happiness Machine,” by Rebecca Blumhagen, New York, NY

Documentary Shorts, Jury Choice: “The Happiness Machine,” by Rebecca Blumhagen, New York, NY

LGBTQ Shorts, Audience Choice: “Heather Has Four Moms,” by Rani Crowe, USA

LGBTQ Shorts, Jury Choice: “Summer,” by Pearl Gluck, USA

Comedy Shorts, Audience Choice: “Baggage,” by Andi Behring, Los Angeles, CA

Comedy Shorts, Jury Choice: “Sac de Merde,” by Greg Chwerchak, New York, NY

Animation Shorts, Audience Choice: “Sonder,” by Neth Nom, San Francisco, CA

Animation Shorts, Jury Choice (Ron Clements & John Musker): “Negative Spaces,” by Michaela Wadzinski, Lincoln, NE

Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shorts, Audience Choice: “Mi-Fi,” by David Mair, Vadnais Heights, MN

Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shorts, Jury Choice: “Last Tree Standing,” by Agnes Peck-McGregor, Australia

Drama Shorts, Audience Choice: “Meer Bei Nacht” (The Sea at Night), by Kim Fabienne Hertinger, Germany

Drama Shorts, Jury Choice: “Meer Bei Nacht” (The Sea at Night), by Kim Fabienne Hertinger, Germany

Festival Grand Prize: “Meer Bei Nacht” (The Sea at Night), by Kim Fabienne Hertinger, Germany

For the fourth year, Pepsi of Siouxland was the festival’s primary sponsor. Other sponsors include Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Gilchrist Foundation, Great Western Bank, State Steel, KCAU-TV, Produce Iowa, the City of Sioux City, Jolly Time Popcorn, Walmart, and Wayne State College.

About the Sioux City International Film Festival

The Sioux City International Film Festival, now in its 14th year, showcases outstanding short films from the around world. In 2016, the festival became a registered non-profit organization, the Siouxland Institute of Film, Inc. The Festival’s name was changed from the Siouxland Film Festival to the Sioux City International Film Festival to better reflect the organization’s mission: bringing the world’s movies to Sioux City.

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