The Square Lake Festival brings together the disconnected elements of the Twin Cities’ film short, animation and music community and provides opportunities for public exposure, collaboration, and recognition of their work on a local and international level.
By combining music and film into one arts event, the Square Lake Festival utilizes the already thriving Twin Cities’ music scene to draw in and create new audiences for the lesser known but equally exciting short film and animation projects.

Awards & Prizes

$500 first place
$250 second place
$100 third place
$250 International

Rules & Terms

The Square Lake Film & Music Festival focuses on experimental and animated short films. 80% of our film program consists of Minnesota-made work. The remaining 20% comes from International artists. We typically screen films under 15 minutes in length; however, films are shown in approximately 30 minute segments and we will occasionally screen a longer short (under 30 minutes). We choose the films we will show approximately 30 days after the late submission deadline, and announce the prize winners on the festival date and online the following day. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions. All submitting filmmakers receive one free admission regardless whether film is selected.

2 Reviews

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    John Akre

    The festival is in a beautiful setting with such a great vibe. The music acts bring an audience to see the films that might never go to a films-only event.

    August 2016
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    Tom Schroeder

    I've had films in the festival multiple times over the years and Paul Creager always organizes a good event. He's created a venue for Minnesota filmmakers to share their films with a relaxed and curious audience. There aren't too many opportunities like this in the Twin Cities area.

    August 2016