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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
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 80 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 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.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
What sets the OFF apart from other festivals is the overall feeling of inclusion that permeates through the design of the festival experience; from our Midwest hospitality to the care that we take in providing a warm and welcoming environment for our guests, attendees come away with the feeling that they belong here, and that they are a part of something special.
But it’s not just our celebration of film that draws people to the Festival. Our opening and closing night parties and our nightly social gatherings at area hot-spots offer a chance for audience members and filmmakers to mingle with one another in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
Over the last 10 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. Past Conference participants include:
Mauro Fiore, ASC – Academy Award winning Cinematographer (Avatar, The A-Team)
Shane Black – Screenwriter, Director (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)
Hawk Ostby - Screenwriter (Cowboys & Aliens, Children of Men, & IronMan)
Tom Elkins – Editor (Wanted)
Neil Krepela, ASC – Special Effects Artist (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bolt)
Jaime King - Actor (Sin City, Hart of Dixie)
Chris Klein – Actor (Election, American Pie)
Daryl Sabara – Actor (Spy Kids, A Christmas Carol)
Donald Petrie – Director (Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality)
Dana Altman – Director, Producer (Lovely, Still)
Nik Fackler - Screenwriter, Director (Lovely, Still)
Daniel Petrie, Jr – Screenwriter, Director, 2 time president of the WGA (Beverly Hills Cop)
Lew Hunter – Chairman Emeritus of Screenwriting at UCLA and author of Screenwriting 434
Josh Stolberg – Screenwriter, Director (Sorority Row)
Andy Stock – Screenwriter (The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard)
Jon Bokenkamp – Screenwriter (Taking Lives)
Mike Hill – Academy Award winning Editor (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon)
Deb Boyd (Festival Registrar)
; Jason Levering (Executive Director)
; Jeremy Decker (Director)
; Marc Longbrake (Program Director)
; Marc Longbrake (Program Director)
; Matthew Boyd (Festival Registrar)
- All entries must be postmarked by the deadline date.
- Acceptable formats for submission: DVD, BluRay, or secure online screener.
- All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.
- Entry Fees Fees from outside the US must be payable in US funds. No cash is allowed.
- Exhibition prints must be sent to the Omaha Film Festival prepaid and return requests must include prepaid packaging.
- For Features and Documentaries, please include two screener copies for judging.
- Nebraska Short Films: To be eligible for this category you must be a resident of Nebraska, or the film has to have been shot in Nebraska.
- To be eligible, the film cannot have a public screening locally prior to the film festival.
- Releases for music and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. The Omaha Film festival is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.
- If your film has been selected to be screened at the festival we will request you send a press kit to include: stills, posters, postcards, a DVD of the trailer, and other publicity materials to maximize exposure for your film. These materials will not be returned.
- If your film has been selected to be screened at the festival we ask that it not be viewable in its entirety online on sites like YouTube or Vimeo before the festival screening. Trailers or clips from the film are acceptable.
- The Omaha Film Festival does not assume any liability for damage to films, videos, or publicity materials.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I , the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following:
I have read, understood, and agree with the rules and regulations. To the best of my knowledge all statements on this form are true. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Omaha Film Festival.
Omaha Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Omaha Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.