2018 Sioux City International Film Festival: Filmmaker Workshops

Aspiring filmmakers and film buffs: The Sioux City International Film Festival is offering free workshops led by Hollywood industry giants Ron Clements, John Behring, and Marty Iker.

It’s all part of SCIFF’s new “artist-in-residence” program. 

Grab a quick meal at the Food Trucks outside the entrance on Thursday and Friday!

These sessions provide valuable insight into the filmmaking process, plus you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with these and other filmmakers that could prove valuable to your career. Even if film watching is all you plan to do, you’ll find these workshops fascinating.  Make room in your schedule to attend:

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The Art and Craft of Television Directing with John Behring

Grab a quick lunch at the Food Trucks!

John will deconstruct the creative process and mechanics of how an hour of primetime television is created using the Grimm episode “Hibernaculum” as a case study.  The surreal fantasy story revolves around three supernatural Norwegian brothers from North Dakota who travel to Portland and encounter a mystical police detective, the all-powerful “Grimm.”  

Thursday, September 13th, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

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The Nuts and Bolts of Independent Filmmaking

Roundtable discussion. Independent filmmakers explore the opportunities and challenges of making films outside the mainstream studio system. Moderated by John Behring.

Thursday, September 13th, 3:30pm-5:00pm - Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

  Clements, Behring, Iker, and Lindblade

Clements, Behring, Iker, and Lindblade

Lunch with the Legends

Grab a quick lunch at the Food Trucks!

It’s a mini-reunion of Channel 9 alumni Ron Clements, John Behring, Marty Iker,  George Lindblade, and Dave Gross (maybe more). The free-range conversation will touch on subjects including mentoring and career beginnings at KCAU. 

Friday, September 14th, 11:30am-1:00pm - Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

  Ron Clements, Abu the monkey, Aladdin, John Musker

Ron Clements, Abu the monkey, Aladdin, John Musker


45 Years at Disney with Ron Clements

Ron will give us a rare look at the making of some of his award-winning films that span his 45-year career at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Films will include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Hercules

Friday, September 14th, 1:30pm-3:00pm - Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

  Jennifer Lopez and John Behring on the set of 'Shades of Blue'

Jennifer Lopez and John Behring on the set of 'Shades of Blue'


Sioux City to Hollywood - Anything is Possible

John Behring and Marty Iker reflect back their days at KCAU, making commercials for the local market, and how they used that experience as they went from Sioux City to Los Angeles and made careers in Hollywood writing and directing commercials and marketing campaigns for KNBC in LA to a vast array of work for Warner Bros. Studios and many others. 

Friday, September 14th, 3:30pm-5:00pm - Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center


Saturday, September 15

Orpheum Theatre

(Tickets required: $10 adults; $5 seniors, students with ID, children 12 and under)


A Ron Clements Homecoming

Sioux City’s native son returns home after more than a decade’s absence to show his award-winning film, Moana, on the giant screen at the Orpheum Theatre. After the screening, Ron will talk about his incredible journey from being a student at Heelan High School, to getting a job at KCAU-TV, to his move to Hollywood and becoming one of the legends of Disney animation. He plans to show excerpts from his first film, Shades of Sherlock, and take us behind the scenes for the making of Moana.  

1PM - Orpheum Theatre (tickets required)


A Night in Gotham with Director John Behring 

A native of Canton, SD, John has directed hundreds of episodes of popular TV shows. In his presentation at the Orpheum, he’ll deconstruct the Gothamepisode, “This Ball of Mud and Meanness,” to discover the creative process and production challenges of creating an epic hour of prime time television drama.

7PM - Orpheum Theatre (tickets required)

Artist-in-Residence Presenters



is a renowned storyteller and filmmaker at Walt Disney Animation Studios. With his longtime collaborator, John Musker, Clements has written and directed iconic feature films that have become part of Disney’s legacy, including beloved classics like MoanaThe Little MermaidAladdin, andThe Princess and the Frog


Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Clements began making super-8 animated films, including Shades of Sherlock Holmes, a 15-minute featurette he animated single-handedly. Shadeswon critical acclaim and led to a part-time job as an artist at KCAU-TV, where he was mentored by George Lindblade. He then moved to California to try his luck at animation, working at Hanna-Barbera for a short time before landing a position with Disney. Clements has been with Disney for 45 years.

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is an in-demand television director with 120 hour-long episodes of prime-time television drama in his filmography. He has directed episodes of hit series includingCharmed, CSI,NY, Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, Arrow, and Grimmand is currently directing Lethal Weapon, Blue Bloods and Shades of Bluewith Jennifer Lopez. 


Behring grew up in Canton, South Dakota. His passion for photography began at an early age. He won a plastic camera in a Minneapolis Tribune subscription contest and began to take pictures feverishly at the age of 8.  His photography obsession grew and included a photo essay on the dire conditions in a senior living center in Vermillion. The series was noticed by the news director of KCAU-TV who thought John should come to Sioux City to meet the photographic genius George Lindblade. John began working with George at KCAU doing still photography commercials and documentaries. His career path took him through Wisconsin to Los Angeles where he continued directing commercials, often working with Marty Iker, before he transitioned to direct episodic television.  

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is well known and widely respected as one of the most creative, successful, and innovative marketing, branding, and post-production executives in the entertainment industry. Iker is President/Creative Director of MI Creative Group, which he opened in 1997 after nine highly successful years as Vice President/Marketing & Advertising at Warner Bros. and twelve years as a broadcast station executive. 


At Warner Bros., Iker’s unit developed breakthrough brand identities and produced all on-air promotion, video presentations, electronic graphics, and radio and television commercials for Warner’s numerous divisions. Now, he provides those services to the industry at large. Iker holds a B.A. in Theatre from Grinnell College, with an emphasis on playwriting and technical theatre; and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Indiana University. He began his career in commercial broadcasting as Creative Director at KCAU-TV in Sioux City.