Submit original films for The Film Lounge: Season 4 by June 1

Posted: April 26, 2019
Television series showcases works of Iowa filmmakers
Filmmakers across the state can submit their original works for the fourth season of The Film Lounge, a television series that showcases short, independent films by Iowa artists.
The Film Lounge celebrates Iowa filmmakers, acquaints viewers with the state's vibrant film communities and explores film as an art form. Each one-hour episode includes a collection of films 2-20 minutes in length in animation, art, documentary, experimental, music video and narrative forms; interviews with the filmmakers who created each film; and a spotlight feature highlighting an active filmmaking project or educational program in Iowa.
Submissions for Season 4 of The Film Lounge are due June 1, 2019, online at and will be reviewed by a panel of judges looking for artistic originality, technical quality and level of engagement. Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1 and selections will be announced by Sept. 1. Selected applicants will receive a $500 stipend sponsored by Produce Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. New episodes of the television series will air in February 2020.
As a bonus, The Film Lounge: Halloween Style is produced each year, depending on the number of qualifying submissions. The Halloween special offers a seasonal opportunity to highlight horror-themed short films that frighten and intrigue while having fun with the work being done by Iowa filmmakers. The submission deadline also is June 1, 2019, and selections will be announced by Oct. 1. Selected applicants will receive a $250 stipend and new episodes of the Halloween special will air the week of Halloween in October 2019.
The Film Lounge is produced by Iowa Public Television in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production, both divisions of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Program objectives include highlighting art and experimental films by under-served Iowa artists; elevating the process of filmmaking as an art form; recognizing the contributions of filmmaking to the economic and cultural vitality of Iowa; and sharing stories important to Iowans.
Watch past episodes and find more information at
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the State Historic Preservation Office – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.
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