'The Film Lounge' Premiere Receives High Praise from Iowa Filmmakers

Submissions for next season accepted through June 1

The television premiere of The Film Lounge wrapped last weekend with high praise from filmmakers, and submissions for the next season are already being accepted.

The Film Lounge is a new public television series that showcases short, independent films by Iowa artists and celebrates the economic and cultural vitality that filmmaking brings to the state. The show is produced by IPTV in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, divisions of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The program's first episodes featured multiple short films compiled in two, one-hour shows that aired on IPTV this month. Those who missed the television premiere can find a schedule of additional air dates and an online version of the program at www.iptv.org/filmlounge.

Filmmaker reactions:

  • Steve Jennings and Kathy Buxton of Grasshorse Studios contributed "The Sacrifice" to this year's The Film Lounge. Their hand-illustrated, animated film was inspired by the story of Saint George and the dragon. “The Film Lounge is a great first step in marketing talent. It creates an opportunity for us as filmmakers to share our work and create a fan base. Artists like us don’t survive without them."
  • Filmmaker Kristian Day, who works on independent films and national television shows in Iowa and Hollywood, said The Film Lounge was a great opportunity to showcase his "Cactua" movie to other filmmakers and new audiences. "It was a great experience and I was really happy with (the program). It definitely appealed to filmmakers, and I'm hoping it really connected with the general public and that they engaged with it."
  • Des Moines filmmaker Bruce Bales contributed a music video he produced for musician Christopher Ford's song, "Everybody Rains." "I plan on applying again. It is great exposure and it helps me to make connections and put names to faces of other filmmakers. To have your voice amplified by an authority like IPTV is impressive. I enjoyed the quality of the films that were included in the episodes and want to know more about each (of them)."

New submission deadline: Iowa filmmakers may submit films for the next season of The Film Lounge by June 1, 2017. Submitted films must be two to 20 minutes in length, including credits, and will be accepted in the following genres:

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Music video
  • Narrative

Applicants will be notified by Aug. 1 and selections will be announced Sept. 1. The next season will air in February 2018. Selected filmmakers will receive a stipend of $500.

The submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 1, via an online application portal available at www.iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com. Only one application may be submitted per individual. Films produced as part of a production competition, including the 48-Hour Film Project, are not eligible.

More information can be found at www.iowaculture.gov or by contacting Iowa Arts Council specialist Veronica O’Hern at 515-281-3293 or veronica.ohern@iowa.gov.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the State Historical Society of Iowa, the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, the State Office of Media Production – 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 Iowans to foster creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations. www.iowaculture.gov

IPTV is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 2 million viewers a month turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. IPTV offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS and IPTV WORLD. IPTV stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception and more can be found at Iptv.org