women in film: a keynote panel

OCTober 4th, 7pm, promenade theater, downtown Sioux City


The 2019 Sioux City International Film Festival is proud to present a focus on Women in Film, sponsored in part by grants from Humanities Iowa and the Gilchrist Foundation. This year, female filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, and more will be featured on a Women in Film Panel October 4 from 7pm-9pm in the Promenade Theater. Additionally, guests will conduct workshops throughout the festival and be available for special VIP events.

The moderator for the panel will be noted screenwriter and instructor, Patty Meyer. For over two decades Patty Meyer has written screenplays for the major motion picture studios and television networks, including two true crime features for Martin Scorsese, and one for Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Films.  Seven of her eight studio script sales are adaptations of true stories.  

Meyer launched her producing career with the Emmy-nominated ABC miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place, starring Oprah Winfrey, which won an Image Award for Outstanding Miniseries.  Meyer went on to executive-produce seven movies for network television with Von Zerneck/Sertner Films.  She also executive-produced the 20th Century Fox release, This Is My Life, which marked Nora Ephron's directorial debut. Meyer made her directorial debut with her short film "The List," a seven-time film festival selection.  

At present, Meyer is Graduate Director of Screenwriting and Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount’s School of Film & Television; prior to that, for a decade she served as a Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute. She received a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Boston University.

Meyer’s maternal grandfather, Nathan J. Blumberg, was President and CEO of Universal Pictures from 1939 to 1960.  Her father, Stanley Meyer, was partnered with Jack Webb in Mark VII Productions and produced the pioneering police drama Dragnet along with several motion pictures for Warner Bros.   

You can find out more about Patricia Meyer at her website: patriciakmeyerwriter.com


Patricia K Meyer

Women in Film

Panel Moderator & Speaker

About the Film Festival

Now in its 15th year, the Sioux City International Film Festival is the longest running festival in Iowa, showcasing short films from all over the world and will run October 3-5, 2019. Its mission is to promote independent films and filmmakers to the people of Sioux City and the surrounding region, connecting those filmmakers to the community through unique events.

2018 FIlm festival winners 


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.