In 2019, the Omaha Film Festival was recognized as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine.

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.

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 15 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.

Recent past OFF's have included:
Hotel Mumbai (directed by: Anthony Mara; starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi)
The Tomorrow Man (directed by: Noble Jones; starring John Lithgow, Blythe Danner)
Borg vs. McEnroe (directed by: Janus Metz; starring Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård)
Beirut (directed by: Brad Anderson; starring Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm)
The Lost City of Z (directed by: James Gray; starring: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller)
Personal Shopper (directed by: Olivier Assayas; starring Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz)
The Last Word (directed by: Mark Pellington ; starring Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche)
The Invitation (directed by: Karyn Kusama; starring Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman)
The Lobster (directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos; starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jacqueline Abrahams, John C. Reilly)

TBD for 2020. It is typically software and other filmmaking equipment from our sponsors. Last year over $30,000 in prizes were given to winning filmmakers and screenwriters.

Jury Prizes:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Nebraska Short Film
Best Feature Length Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Nebraska Screenplay

Audience Choice Prizes:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Film

-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).
-Your film cannot be view-able in its entirety online on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook before the festival screening to be accepted into OFF. Trailers or clips from the film are acceptable.
-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.
-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 DCP's must be sent to the Omaha Film Festival prepaid, and return requests must include prepaid packaging. All festival screenings will be from a DCP.
-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.
-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.
-The Omaha Film Festival does not assume any liability for damage to films, videos, or publicity materials.
-Film must have been completed after November 1, 2018.
-Filmmakers will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 6, 2020.

-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 3, 2020 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.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Alan Evans

    Had a great time at the Aksarben Cinema and really enjoyed the films. The VR display was an excellent addition to the experience.

    September 2019
  • Had a wonderful time attending this for my first time ever both as a film maker nominee and film lover this year. Great, creative people all around!

    May 2019
  • Omaha you have been consistently marvellous! Is there a word that means beyond professional yet still fun? Thank you so much for screening 6 of our clients this year. Sadly we couldn't attend but we're very keen to do so.

    May 2019
  • I’ve been attending the Omaha Film Festival for six years and have been attending other film festivals this year and have found OFF is by far the best run festival I have seen.

    April 2019
  • Darren Coyle

    This was a great festival and we had a blast!

    March 2019