The Zeitgeist International Film Festival champions community based independent filmmaking and film going audiences from the Northland region and the greater midwest. Our ethos for programming and events reflects the tenacious spirit of the north and has a focus on sharing under-represented regions, communities, & people from all over the world. Through the film festival, year round programming, grant funding opportunities, and actively engaging and listening to our community, our mission is to cultivate an independent film scene by connecting our local community to the world through film and helping to share our diverse local stories both in our community and abroad. 


Filmmaking has large cultural, financial and geographic barriers. We support filmmakers who do not have access to the industry’s institutional money & attention. We want to build bridges between our local audience, and filmmakers from our region and around the world and strive to decentralize the industry to a community based model. All formats of filmmaking are accepted from documentary, experimental, music videos and narrative films. While we have an interest in supporting regional filmmakers and building a strong film community, we believe it is important to bring national and global stories to our region that speaks to our local audience and opens hearts and minds.

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Masks are required in the Zeitgeist Arts Building, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry to public events. View all of our COVID-19 policies here.