Sandy Dennis was an Academy award winning actress born in Hastings. Her acting style has been described as quirky and offbeat. Yet she also possessed great emotional range. We are looking for films directed by women or that feature strong and memorable female characters. Roles that Sandy herself would have found intriguing.

Awards will be presented for Best Short Narrative film, Best Short Documentary film, Nebraskan Filmmaker Award , Best Actress, Best Supporting Player and Audience Choice Award: ACA will be determined by a numbered ranking of films by audience members after each block, paper ballots will be used and tallied at the end of the festival. Student films are not considered for competition.

Final Submission Format must be DCP.

1080p or 4K Resolution, Standard frame rates. 60fps is not accepted.

Most aspect ratios ok, however, vertical video is not accepted.
Higher video bit rates are preferred, but not required.

Supported formats include: .Mp4, .mov and .avi

VR is not supported at this time.
Soundtrack: 2 channel stereo or 5.1 channel surround (no DTS).

Any questions regarding format, please contact William Amyot at wramyot@gmail.com

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  • My film won an award and they were very gracious hosts.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Enjoyed Sandhill Cowboy and hope we hear from you again soon with another great film!

  • Anita George

    "Worth the drive" was how my out-of-state attendee friends described the festival. I was unfortunately not able to be there myself and was thrilled to receive their feedback. This festival offered extraordinary hospitality to filmmakers, a beautiful venue and a unique opportunity to participate in honoring the life and legacy of the wonderfully talented Sandy Dennis. We were honored to have been invited to be a part.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    I enjoyed the out of state guests you sent in 2019. Lovely people. I am sorry you weren't able to meet them here, but we all enjoyed your film together. Tell the woman hello from the lady who lives in the big brick building with the lion heads across from the bakery. I enjoyed her company.

  • This is a terrific festival. Everyone was so welcoming and the quality was outstanding. So much fun.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Enjoyed Ghost of Her and hope we hear again from you soon. Thanks for the positive review. I am glad you had a good time. So did we!

  • Fantastic film festival. Thanks a lot for selecting our works

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your positive review. We were so pleased with the great selection of films. Hope we hear from you again.

  • It’s a great festival but about the informations, notifications and communications they have to improve for next year.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Yes, we had some problems with communications last year, but hope we have addressed them for the 2020 festival. Always looking for ways to improve, so thank you for your feedback.