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 12 years, the OFF has made great strides towards 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.

Awards & Prizes

TBD for 2017. It is typically software and other filmmaking equipment from our sponsors. Last year over $32,000 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

Rules & Terms

- 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 11/23/16.
- 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
- 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.
- 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: digital 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, 2015.
- Filmmakers will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 8, 2017.

2 Reviews

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    Tom Radovich

    One of my favorite film festivals run by amazing people. The management keeps in touch pretty well. Really informational panels and fun after parties. And Omaha is such a salt of the earth city.

    While there's a good selection of films, they really care about screenwriters too. Hearing your script performed in the Writer's Theatre is great because you hear what works and what can be improved.

    I'd go every year if I could.

    May 2016
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    Kevin Machate

    Great people. Great festival. Top 50 for a reason!

    May 2016