The original short film showcase featuring Minnesota work by local, indie filmmakers. 

I had the opportunity to show a short film at the Cinema Lounge awhile ago. It was the most affirming experience to a filmmaker who is used to toiling away without much response. To hear a room full of people laughing and see them listening and then asking informed questions was so rewarding. Thanks for providing this opportunity to a community of filmmakers! Keep up the great work.  –Phil Holt

2023 Cinema Lounge dates:  May 31, July 26, September 27, November 29 (Canceled).
Cinema Lounge is presented at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St. in Minneapolis.
All shows: doors open 6:00 pm; show starts 7:00 pm.
All screenings will be closed captioned with ASL interpreters upon request.

Looking for a nice, free venue at which to screen your work? Or you simply want to see great locally-made independent film? Cinema Lounge provides local filmmakers with a cool, intimate space to screen their latest work and film enthusiasts a spot to come and see the best indie shorts coming out of Minnesota today.

The Lounge. Short films. Indie filmmakers. Our programmer curates a lineup of 2-4 locally made shorts (20 minutes or less) per screening. We mix it up with anything and everything: narratives, docs, music videos, animation, and experimental. After each film is screened, you meet the mind(s) behind the film, as our host conducts a short Q+A session with the filmmakers.

The Mission: You + Clounge = Sweet Cinematic Bliss. Cinema Lounge provides a venue for filmmakers who normally wouldn’t have a place to screen their work, whether it’s due to a shoestring budget or edgy, alternative content preventing them from finding a home at the local megaplex. Plus, involving the audience with the Q+A allows the filmmakers to receive genuine feedback from discerning viewers. Finally, it’s a hangout for filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and anyone to network and meet like-minded folks, possibly forming contacts for future projects.

Interested in showing your work at Cinema Lounge? Here is the submission form!

You can also visit (and please like) the FilmNorth Cinema Lounge Facebook page for information on past, current, and upcoming screenings.


We are excited for you to share your FilmNorth experiences with your friends on social media, but it’s imperative that our community also respects the rights of the creators that participate in FilmNorth screenings and events. This Attendee Photo & Video Policy covers what is and isn’t allowed so that we can all achieve our goals. When we refer to “content” that includes, without limitation, videos, clips, photographs, audio recordings, text, graphics, logos, icons, images and software made available to the attendee during the Events.

Personal digital cameras (excluding SLR/DSLRs) are allowed at FilmNorth events (Cinema Lounge, Film Independent Spirit Awards screening series, FilmNorth Forum, etc.) for capture of content for personal, non-commercial (non-sponsored and non-monetized) use, subject to the limitations below.

Attendees may take photos and shoot video from their seats, as long as they are not obstructing views, using any sort of device like a tripod or selfie-stick, or using a flash after the session begins. Live streaming of any kind is not permitted.

Attendees are not permitted to take photos or shoot video where it is unsafe or disruptive such as in doorways, fire exits, expo floor aisles, hallways, sidewalks, etc. Not complying with a request to move or stop capturing content could result in your removal.

Attendees (excluding media attendees) may not have professional camera equipment at film screenings.



  • Screenshots of Event content, excluding film screenings, is permissible as long as the screenshots are used for personal, non-commercial (non-sponsored and non-monetized) purposes.

Not Allowed

  • Video and/or audio recording any event content is prohibited.
  • Livestreaming event content is prohibited.
  • Displaying Event content in group settings (i.e., with multiple viewers of the public who are not also passholders) without FilmNorth’s advanced approval, which may require an additional license.
  • Copying, republishing, downloading, transmitting, modifying, renting, leasing, loaning, selling, assigning, distributing, recording, licensing, sublicensing, reverse engineering, or creating any derivative works based on any Event content.