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

    I know it's easy to sleep on this festival as it's in Omaha. While you've been sleeping this fest has been growing. They've shown movies that were nominated for Oscars and have had people speak who have won them. It moved this year to a new location that is much easier to get to, park at, and with better food options around it.

    March 2019
  • Scott Farrell

    Wasn't able to attend but it was an amazing selection of film to be among! Staff from extremely professional and timely in their communication and their love and efforts for this fest shows why they are one of the best festivals out there. Hoping to attend next time in person!

    March 2019
  • Gregory Dixon

    I had a great time at this year's Omaha Film Festival. The staff did a phenomenal job catering to filmmakers, and packing the theaters at every screening. The venue was great, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. This is a truly great regional festival in the heart of the country. I encourage all filmmakers to submit and attend if you can!

    March 2019
  • Jeffrey Field

    OFF is one of the great Midwest fests. Fantastic film selection. Well-organized with a ton of great volunteers. Festival also celebrates writers with live script reads of its screenplay competition finalists. Always look forward to it and never disappointed. (New location is nice, too)

    March 2019
  • Drew Danburry

    It was great! Great time. Great people. Great films.

    March 2019