2021 Program Guidelines
The Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa and Iowa PBS invite Iowa artists to submit films to season four of The Film Lounge, a public television series that showcases short, independent films by Iowa artists. The program seeks to celebrate the work of Iowa artists, filmmaking as an art form and the contributions of filmmaking to the economic and cultural vitality of Iowa.
The submission deadline is 11:59 PM, June 1, 2021.
All applicants will be notified of program selection by August 1, 2021.
The Film Lounge
Through a compilation of shorts and interviews, The Film Lounge celebrates the work of Iowa filmmakers, acquaints viewers with the region’s vibrant film communities and explores the art of filmmaking. The program features short form documentaries, experimental, narrative and animated films. Filmmakers discuss their work as an introduction to each film and a Spotlight Feature in each episode highlights an active filmmaking project or educational program in Iowa.
Selected submissions are awarded a stipend of $500 as compensation for the contribution to the program. The stipend is sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, divisions of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Selected filmmakers and their work are promoted over the course of the year. Filmmakers are expected to participate in all aspects of the program including in-person interviews in the Fall of 2021 at Iowa PBS studios in Johnston, IA, providing material for online features on department social media platforms and attending watch party events.
Selections will be publicly announced in the Fall of 2021.
The program will premiere on-channel on Iowa PBS in early 2022 to coincide with Oscar season. Air date is subject to broadcast schedule availability.
Watch parties will be scheduled in early 2022 in advance of the air date to celebrate the premiere of the program. Watch parties are free and open to the public. Filmmakers are encouraged to invite their cast and crew to the events.
Program segments, expanded artist interviews and full episodes will be made available at iowapbs.org.
The Film Lounge: Halloween Style
Featuring Halloween and horror themed shorts, The Film Lounge: Halloween Style is a special, one-hour episode of the program. The Halloween special offers a seasonal opportunity to highlight short films that frighten and intrigue while having fun with the work being done by Iowa filmmakers.
Selected submissions for the Halloween Style are awarded a stipend $250 as compensation for the contribution to the program. The stipend is sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council and Produce Iowa, divisions of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
Selections will be publicly announced in the fall of 2021.
The program features a horror host who will introduce the spooky films and filmmakers throughout the Halloween Style episode.
The program will premiere on-channel the week of Halloween in October 2021. Air date is subject to broadcast schedule availability.
Program segments and the full episode will also be available online at iowapbs.org.
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Individual Iowa artist/filmmaker or Iowa artist/filmmaking team
- Current Iowa resident who physically resides in Iowa at the time of application
- If an artist/filmmaking team, one artist/filmmaker must physically reside in Iowa
- 18 years of age or older
- Not an employee or immediate family member of an employee of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs or Iowa PBS
Submitted films must be between 2 minutes and 20 minutes in length, including credits.
Films will be accepted in the following genres.
- Music video
Filmmaker must have all rights and permissions of every kind necessary for the film including use of names, trade names, service marks, titles, formats, ideas, characters, character names, characterizations, plots, musical compositions, performances, slogans, program material or any similar material.
Final Format Requirements
Films selected for the program must be available in the following format for broadcast.
- Digital file of high definition resolution transferable to broadcast frame rate 29.97 fps
Number of Submissions
Only one application may be submitted per individual artist. Eligible applicants may only submit one film per program for consideration.
Films produced as part of a production competition, including the 48 Hour Film Project, are ineligible.
Selected filmmakers will be required to sign a licensing agreement to participate in the program.
Full episodes, program excerpts, films and artist interviews will be presented online for a thirteen month period following release of the program. Filmmakers may opt-out of presenting the individual film online at the conclusion of the thirteen month period in the licensing agreement.
Selected films and artist interviews will be broadcast on Iowa PBS’s noncommercial television transmitters and translators as part of the program.
Online Application Submission
Applicants must submit applications via the Iowa Arts Council’s SlideRoom, an online application portal. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Applicants can access the current online application requirements at iowaartscouncil.slideroom.com. Applicants must create a login to view the full application requirements for the program. Applicants can visit help.liaisonedu.com for SlideRoom assistance related to the online submission.
Films will be reviewed for eligibility, adherence to published guidelines and appropriateness for public television including abiding by FCC and PBS guidelines. Eligible films will be referred to a competitive review by representatives from the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa and Iowa PBS. Films will be selected based on:
- artistic originality
- technical quality
- level of engagement
Iowa PBS reserves the right to curate films selected for the program and to reject films that are misrepresented in the work samples. Programmatic selections are final and are not subject to appeal.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review all published material and contact Iowa Arts Council staff, Veronica O’Hern at 515-281-3293 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions well in advance of the application deadline.