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Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the 2016 Omaha Film Festival 48hr Film Challenge. We’re screening all 21 of the finished films on Wednesday, September 21st at the Village Pointe Cinema starting at 6:30pm followed by a Q&A with all of the filmmakers then the awards ceremony where we’ll be giving out over $4000 in prizes!

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The Call for Entries for the 12th Annual Omaha Film Festival is now open with three easy ways to enter!

One of Movie Maker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” the 12th Annual Omaha Film Festival will be March 7-12, 2017 in Omaha, NE.

Over $32,000 in prizes were awarded to filmmakers and screenwriters at the 2016 Omaha Film Festival. We look forward to seeing your feature films, documentaries, short films, and reading your feature and short length screenplays!

Film categories:
Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short Film, Animated Short, Nebraska Short and Nebraska Spotlight.

Screenplay categories:
Feature Screenplay & Short Screenplay (under 30 pages)

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About the Festival:

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 “50 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 11 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.