The Square Lake Film & Music Festival connects music with film, providing opportunities for public exposure, collaboration, and recognition on a local and international level.
By combining music and film into one arts event, the Square Lake Festival utilizes the already thriving Minnesota music scene to draw in and create new audiences for the lesser known but equally exciting short film and animation projects of this region.
$500 first place
$250 second place
$100 third place
The Square Lake Film & Music Festival focuses short films, 15 minutes or less in length. We are particularly interested in the genres of animation, experimental, short narrative, and short documentary. About 80% of our film program consists of Minnesota-made or regional work. Approximately 20% of our submissions come from National & International artists. Films are screened during 30 minute segments between musical acts. We occasionally screen a longer short (longer than 15 minutes yet under 30 minutes) that would fill an entire 30-minute film segment. We choose the films we will show approximately 30 days after the late submission deadline, and announce the prize winners at the festival. If you submit via a waiver, and your film is selected as a prize winner, a regular submission fee will be deducted from your prize award. All submitting filmmakers receive one free admission regardless whether film is selected.