14th Annual

Omaha Film Festival

March 05, 2019 to March 10, 2019

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Omaha NE 68131
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature Film
A narrative feature film with a running time greater than 70 minutes.
A documentary film with a running time greater than 25 minutes.
Short Film
A short film with a running time under 25 minutes long.
Nebraska Short Film
The film must be filmed by a current Nebraska resident OR shot primarily in Nebraska to qualify for this category. All Nebraska Shorts must have a running time under 25 minutes long, and be a Nebraska premiere.
Feature Length Screenplay Competition
Screenplays must be longer than 31 pages and fewer than 130 pages in length.
Short Length Screenplay Competition
Screenplays must be fewer than 30 pages in length.
Animated Short Film
Any style of an animated short film under 25 minutes in length.
Teleplay submissions are acceptable for new/original works as well as spec scripts for programs currently airing during this year’s call for entries period.


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 promotes the discussion and study of filmmaking.


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.

After the film screenings attending filmmakers can do a Q&A. We do have a screenplay competition. During the festival we have a Writer's Theatre in which local actors will publicly read a few pages from the screenplay finalists.

Over the last 14 years, the OFF has made great strides toward 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.

The following are a few people who have been panelists at our conference:
Pamela Ribon (Samantha Who? , Moana, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2)
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)
Donald Petrie – Director (Mystic Pizza, Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality)
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)
Jon Bokenkamp – Screenwriter (Taking Lives, The Blacklist)
Mike Hill – Academy Award winning Editor (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon)


Jason Levering (Executive Director); Jeremy Decker; Marc Longbrake (Program Director); Marc Longbrake (Program Director)


-To be eligible the film cannot have a public screening in Nebraska prior to the film festival (with the exception of collegiate screenings and touring Academy screenings).
-All entries must be postmarked by the deadline date. All entries must be received by 11/21/18.
-Acceptable formats for submission: DVD or password protected online screener.
-All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.
-Each entry must be a separate submission which includes form and payment for each submission.
-Entry Fees must be payable to "Omaha Film Festival" by check or money order. Fees from outside the US must be payable in US funds. No cash is allowed.
-Only submissions with completed entry forms and entry fee will be accepted.
-Exhibition prints must be sent to the Omaha Film Festival prepaid, and return requests must include prepaid packaging.
-All Short Films must be no longer than 25 minutes in length.
-Enclosed with an entry for the Student Short fee must be a copy of a current student ID.
-Nebraska Short Films: To be eligible for this category you must be a resident of Nebraska or the film has to have been shot primarily in Nebraska.
-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 digital file 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, Vimeo, or Facebook 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.
-Film must have been completed after October 1, 2017.
-Filmmakers will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 6, 2019.

-Contact info must be included on title page.
-Screenplay submissions must not have been produced or optioned.
-Screenplays that are currently optioned or have negotiations and/or are sold before
March 5, 2019 are not eligible for competition.
-Applicants must notify OFF of any changes in status following
-Scripts that have reached the semifinalist level or above in previous years within the OFF Screenplay Competition are not eligible for resubmission.
-Teleplay submissions are acceptable for new/original works as well as spec scripts for
programs currently airing during this year’s call for entries period.
-Short screenplay length is fewer than 30 pages.
-Feature screenplay length is between 31 and 130 pages.


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.