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 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.

TBD for 2019. 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).
-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.

Overall Rating
  • Jordan Smith

    My experience at the Omaha Film Festival was beyond me! Everyone there is kind and welcoming and friendly. Marc is a really great guy! I was posting all over social media telling people to come see my film as well as others, because I knew it would be a good time, and a great place to discover local creativity! They have a big theater to show films, and on top of his busy schedule, Marc is great at keeping people entertained with all sorts of jokes, one liners , and useful information! My schedule didn't allow me to be as involves as I would have liked to, but I am most eager to return to the Omaha Film Festival in the future.

    April 2018
  • I was unable to attend, but I hear that the public reading of my short film went over well, and altho I lost in the short film category, it seemed by all accounts that it was a smashing festival.

    March 2018
  • Jeffrey Howe

    Screenplay entry. Couldn't attend (thus left two categories blank) but communication was timely and overall attitude professional throughout the process.

    March 2018
  • Monika Petrillo

    Wonderful festival in the Midwest. You might not suspect it, but you'll find a very excitable and interested audience. The festival organizers are passionate about film, and your film will look and sound fantastic in the Village Pointe Cinema, a great venue. I had a really fun time and look forward to return.

    March 2018
  • Keith Farrell

    Omaha Film Festival is one of the hidden gems of the festival circuit. It is a filmmakers film festival, run by a dedicated group of individuals who make visiting filmmakers feel like really welcome. Although our screening was on in the morning the cinema was almost full and the audience were really engaged in both the films being shown and in the Q&A afterward. Highly recommend entering this festival and if you get in make sure you attend.

    March 2018