A common question we get asked is "how can someone help the Omaha Film Festival?"
The Omaha Film Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We are participating in Omaha Gives! On May 22nd from midnight to midnight, you have 24-hours to support the causes you care about by making a donation of $10 or more to local nonprofits including the OFF. On Wednesday May 22 you can go to omahagives24.org to donate any amount over $10, or if you want more information about Omaha Gives!
You do not have to live in Omaha to make a donation. We would appreciate it if everyone can help spread the word of this great event!
Our Call for Entries for the 2014 Omaha Film Festival is now open. We are accepting film and screenplay entries. You can go HERE for more information if you would like to submit an entry.
The Omaha Film Festival was one of Movie Maker Magazine's "Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," The 9th Annual Omaha Film Festival will be March 5-9, 2014 in Omaha, NE.
Our film categories include: Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Animated Shorts, Nebraska Short Films, and OFF the EDGE "dark, experimental, or horror films"
Screenplays: Feature Length and Short Length
Results from the 2013 OFF
Best Nebraska Screenplay - "The Important Man" by Colleen Schukei & Heather Petersen
Best Feature Screenplay - "The Badminton Warrior" by Tom Radovich
Best Short Screenplay - "The Boy" by Eric Hunsley
Best Animated Short Film - “Fear of Flying” directed by Conor Finnegan
Animated Short Film Honorable Mention – “Head Over Heels” directed by Timothy Reckart
Best Nebraska Short Film - “Lucid” directed by Josh Land
Nebraska Short Film Honorable Mention - “Haiti: Real Change” directed by David M. Weiss
Best Short Film - “The Distance Between” directed by Emily Ting
Short Film Honorable Mention – “Picture. Perfect.” directed by Winston Titus Tao
Best OFF the Edge Film - “Sparks” directed by Christopher Folino and Todd Burrows
OFF the Edge Honorable Mention - “Year of the Living Dead” directed by Rob Kuhns
Best Documentary - “La Source” directed by Patrick Shen
Documentary Honorable Mention – “Heartland: A Portrait of Survival” directed by Erica Tremblay
Best Feature Film - “One Small Hitch” directed by John Burgess
Feature Film Honorable Mention – “As High as the Sky” directed by Nikki Braendlin
Death Grip Electric Award for Killer Cinematography
presented to a Nebraska Short: “Ghost Light” – cinematographer Robert Jensen
Audience Choice Awards:
Audience Choice Short Film - “Boo!” directed by Rupert Reid
Audience Choice Documentary - “Honor Flight” directed by Dan Hayes
Audience Choice Feature Film - “The Story of Luke” directed by Alonso Mayo
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The Eighth Annual Omaha Film Festival was on March 6-10, 2013.
Over $25,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners of the 2013 OFF! Thanks to our incredible sponsors Sony Creative, Jungle Software, Movie Magic Screenwriting, Oakley, Omaha Steaks, Lew Hunter, Soaring Wings, and Death Grip Electric!
About the OFF
The Omaha Film Festival celebrates the artistic, educational, and
historical importance of motion pictures. It gives independent film
artists a platform for sharing their work and creating a dialogue with
the community. It introduces audiences to innovative new films and
past masterworks of cinema. It promotes the discussion and study of
filmmaking. It seeks to foster and present stories that stand out,
that are told in the most creative ways; stories that are daring,
courageous, risk-taking, and filled with discovery and wonder.
ESTABLISHED IN 2005, the Omaha Film Festival (OFF) began as a way for the Omaha community to experience the artistry of independent filmmaking through the exhibition of new films by aspiring artists that are otherwise unavailable for viewing in the area. The Festival showcases over 90 films during its annual event, selected from an average of over 500 annual entries that come in from around the world, offering a wide variety of independent cinema choices that includes regional and world premier films as well as advanced screenings of films that have already attracted wider distribution. Narrative features, documentaries, short films, and animated shorts are screened during the week-long Festival, with a special section for Nebraska-made films as well. The selected filmmakers are invited to attend the festival and are given the opportunity to discuss their films with the audience after each screening.
Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” the
Omaha Film Festival exists to celebrate the artistic, educational, and historical importance of
motion pictures. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work and creating
a dialogue with the community. It introduces audiences to innovative new films and past
masterworks of cinema. It promotes the discussion and study of filmmaking through the annual
Filmmaker’s Conference. It seeks to foster and present stories that stand out, that are told in
the most creative ways; stories that are daring, courageous, risk-taking, and filled with
discovery and wonder. Premieres and award winning films that have shown at the festival
include Half Nelson, War/Dance, Sunshine Cleaning, and Renee. Past guests have included
Famke Janssen, Chad Michael Murray, Jaime King, Chris Klein, Mauro Fiore, Mike Hill, Shane
Black, Tom Elkins, and Ted Griffin.
Over the last 9 years, the OFF has made great strides towards becoming one of the most accomplished teaching festivals in the Central United States, offering opportunities for filmmakers, students, and those who value the artistry of film to learn more about the craft of filmmaking through panels, lectures, and workshops taught by seasoned professionals at our annual Filmmakers Conference.