Omaha Film Festival

Omaha

Contact

2626 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Web:
http://www.omahafilmfestival.org
Email:
omahafilmfestival@gmail.com

Contact: Jeremy Decker, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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Objective

In 2019, the Omaha Film Festival was recognized as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine.

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 15 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. Show More

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 11/11/2019

Notification: Filmmakers will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 6, 2020. Award Ceremony will be on March 8, 2020.

Rules

  • 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).
  • Your film cannot be view-able in its entirety online on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook before the festival screening to be accepted into OFF. Trailers or clips from the film are acceptable.
  • 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.
  • 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 DCP's must be sent to the Omaha Film Festival prepaid, and return requests must include prepaid packaging. All festival screenings will be from a DCP.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Omaha Film Festival does not assume any liability for damage to films, videos, or publicity materials.
  • Film must have been completed after November 1, 2018.
  • Filmmakers will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 6, 2020.
Screenplay/Teleplays:
  • 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 3, 2020 are not eligible for competition.
  • Applicants must notify OFF of any changes in status following submission.
  • 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.

Awards

TBD for 2020. 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.

Omaha

Contact

2626 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Web:
http://www.omahafilmfestival.org
Email:
omahafilmfestival@gmail.com

Contact: Jeremy Decker, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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Omaha Film Festival

Contact

2626 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Web:
http://www.omahafilmfestival.org
Email:
omahafilmfestival@gmail.com

Contact: Jeremy Decker, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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Contest News

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Nino Del Pesco

An interview with screenwriter Nino Del Pesco regarding the Omaha Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The screenplay is titled THE THIRD REALM and deals with a series of murders in WWII era Berlin and what happens when the Nazis take a former Jewish KRIPO detective, Emil Weiss, now in Auschwitz, and use him to help solve the case. What the inspector who oversees Weiss doesn't know is that someone else has ulterior motives for wanting Weiss in Berlin.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: Nothing in particular, I was just entering as many contests I could afford. I have entered many contests and the script has constantly placed in the top tier. It also won the 2008 DEADcenter screenplay competition.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes. The contest was run very well to the best of my knowledge and, as far as I know, all deadlines were met. I got all the awards except the T-Shirt, which is no big deal... I have plenty already.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: No, other than they liked the script a lot. Feedback was not one of the perks mentioned in the description of the contest.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: This contest did not generate any heat for the script, but it did allow me to list it as an award winning screenplay, and was my first Win in a competition. Just being able to say that your script has placed first in a competition sets it apart.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: THE THIRD REALM is my freshman effort at screenwriting. I did co-write a comedy called THAT'S LIFE with the very prolific Paul Glen Neuman, who was the principal scribe on the project. I have also written a number of 10 page one-act plays as a contributing writer for the Ruskin Group Theatre's, L.A. Cafe Play series.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I lived in Los Angeles for years, but moved to Oxnard, CA in 2001. Currently my wife and I relocated to St. Paul, MN after her acceptance to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. We will be moving back to Southern California when she's done with her studies.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I'm working on two different screenplays, along with getting loglines and synopses of other ideas ready to take to the next level. THE THIRD REALM has been optioned and I'm currently working with a producer to tighten it up before it goes out.

Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Omaha Film Festival

Contact

2626 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131

Web:
http://www.omahafilmfestival.org
Email:
omahafilmfestival@gmail.com

Contact: Jeremy Decker, Festival Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.3/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.7/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Signficance: 1.5 stars1.5 stars (1.7/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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