Our new festival dates are August 14-16.

As it was last year, the Hastings Museum is hosting us at their Superscreen Theater.
Friday night, August 14 at 7:00pm, we will screen a movie starring the late-Sandy Dennis, Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The movie was filmed in 1982 and features Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates.

Saturday morning, August 15, at 10:00am is the time for filmmakers to register.
Saturday morning at 10:30am, short films submitted by independent filmmakers will be screened. With a break for lunch and dinner, the films will continue until 9pm.

Saturday evening at 9:00pm awards will be announced. Remember, this year the winner of Best Nebraska Film will receive a check for $500 – provided by anonymous donors.

Sunday, August 16 starting at noon, short films submitted by students will be screened. At 4pm, the Wayne State film, Ever Fallen, will be shown.

COVID-19 precautions are in effect. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

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.

Best Nebraska-made film wins $200 cash!
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 either a DCP or high quality .MP4.

1080p or 4K Resolution, Standard frame rates.

Our screen is large, so low resolution files and compression artifacts will be noticeable. Please make sure that you submit the highest quality file you have available.

No vertical videos. 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

Overall Rating
  • Mina Sadat Hosseini

    It is my pleasure, and an honour to be part of the Official Selections 2020.
    Thank you very much,

    September 2020
  • The organizers are genuine, kind-hearted and professional people! I really wanted to attend but Covid-19 keeps me staying here in NYC. I'm touched that fellow Nebraskans came out to see the films with masks on. I feel honored and grateful that my film was part of the festival.

    August 2020
  • Great festival experience! Thanks for the professional approach to screening films!

    August 2020
  • Donnie Dodge

    Fast and detailed responses. Was happy to be part of this festival. They do a great job highlighting Nebraska based projects.

    August 2020
  • My film won an award and they were very gracious hosts.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

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