Congratulations to ALL of the participating filmmakers for this year’s 48hr Film Challenge. We screened 28 fabulous films and the Q&A session afterward was a blast!

Here’s the list of prize winners for the evening:

For the Student category:
Most Creative Use of Required Line of Dialog
Deserving directed by Rachael Britt
Most Creative Use of Required Prop
Pickles directed by Jaimee Jindra
Best Cinematography
The Remarkable Fella directed by Joey, Connor, Jesse, Jon Paul
2nd Runner Up
The Clone directed by Neo
1st Runner Up
Deserving directed by Rachael Britt Best Film
Best Film
The Remarkable Fella directed by Joey, Connor, Jesse, Jon Paul

In the open category:
Most Creative Use of Required Line of Dialog
As You Wish directed by Marjorie Sturgeon
Most Creative Use of Required Prop
Algorithm directed by Tony Bonacci
Best Cinematography
Vanman & Truckboy: the Great Return directed by Sam Senser
2nd Runner Up
Word of Mouth directed by Aaron Nix & Emma Brand
1st Runner Up
The Projectionist directed by Lauren Abell
Best Film
Craglab directed by Levi Peters


Thanks to all of the filmmakers and their cast and crews and thanks to everyone that came out and enjoyed a wonderful night of film and supporting our local creatives! #OFF48 #AksarbenCinemaRules

Here’s the screening order for the films. The first nine films are student shorts.

Pickles directed by Jaimee Jindra – 4:29 – crime
The Clone directed by Neo – 5:00 – sci-fi
Just Another Saturday directed by Calin Zweerink – 4:59 – drama
Fallen Souls directed by Nathan Blizzard & Kara Schmoeller – 4:56 – sci-fi
The Sombrero from Outer Space! directed by Trenton Hancock – 5:31 – sci-fi
Sarah directed by Gabriel Kuncl – 5:18 – comedy
My Buddy Gale directed by Hayley Johnson – 4:47 – comedy
Deserving directed by Rachael Britt – 4:59 – drama
The Remarkable Fella directed by Joey, Connor, Jesse, Jon Paul – 5:00 – drama
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685 Gretna Ave. directed by Parker Jahn – 4:40 – thriller
Rolodex directed by Kevin Mohr – 4:41 – drama
After They Die directed by AE Stueve – 3:53 – drama
Word of Mouth directed by Aaron Nix & Emma Brand – 4:58 – crime
Introspection directed by Kelly Schultze – 3:06 – drama
Give Me Them Toes directed by Asa Neville – 3:30 – drama
Hard Drive directed by Jesse Snider & Danny Machado – 4:41 – sci-fi
The Projectionist directed by Lauren Abell – 4:56 – thriller
Life is what you Make it directed by Brittany Brown – 5:00 – crime
Rolodex Report directed by Kreg Gilson – 3:05 – sci-fi
The Close Call directed by Venus “Vado” Teguia-Kouam – 4:57 – comedy
Invitation directed by Thomas Gjere – 4:55 – drama
Vanman & Truckboy: the Great Return directed by Sam Senser – 4:30 – drama
NK-536 directed by John Gutowski & Bob Maass – 4:23 – sci-fi
Loose Ends directed by Christie Williams – 4:25 – crime
Algorithm directed by Tony Bonacci – 3:22 – sci-fi
Social Justice Warrior directed by Mason Shumaker – 4:08 – sci-fi
As You Wish directed by Marjorie Sturgeon – 4:53 – comedy
Craglab directed by Levi Peters – 4:25 – sci-fi

Screening will be held at
Aksarben Cinema
2110 South 67th Street
starting at 6:30pm in theatre #4
Followed by a filmmaker Q&A and Awards

Line of Dialog: “It doesn’t usually do that”
Prop: Rolodex
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Sci-fi
Film Challenge Entry form

Good luck everyone! Share your behind the scenes pics and stories on social media and hashtag with #OFF48


Ladies and Gentlemen, start your cameras! The Omaha Film Festival is hosting a 48 Hour Film Challenge to spark creativity and collaboration among local creatives. Participants will be given 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and deliver a film under 5 minutes in length.

The 48 Hour Challenge will commence on Friday, September 14th at 6:00pm at the Image Arts Building on 2626 Harney Street. Genres will be drawn at 7:00pm!

Films will be due back to festival staff at the same address on Sunday, September 16th by 7:00pm. Final delivery will be an H.264 file and we’ll be ready with computers to capture the files if you bring them in on a flash drive or a disc. Festival staff will be available between 4:00pm and 7:00pm to receive the films. A password protected (downloadable) Vimeo file is also acceptable if emailed and verified before the 7:00pm deadline.

All films will be screened on Wednesday, September 26th at the Aksarben Cinema starting at 6:30pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and we’ll award all of the prizes!

Filmmaker registration form.

Pre-registration is $25 per team.
High School student pre-registration is $20 per team (student ID required at check-in).
Registration the day of the Challenge launch (September 14) is $30 per team.

Here’s how it works:
Start putting your team together now! Actors, writers, filmmakers … get ready! Send at least one representative to the event on Friday, September 14th where the rules will be announced and your film packets will be distributed. Within that packet of info you will be given three required challenges:

1. You will be given a genre.
2. You will be given a line of dialog that must be in the film.
3. You will be given a prop requirement that must be used in the film.

There’s no age limit on the filmmakers!
Don’t have a team? Come out to the launch and find a group to join!

Prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers in both the student and open categories!

Prizes awarded for:
Best Film
1st Runner Up
2nd Runner Up
Best Cinematography
Most Creative Use of Required Prop
Most Creative Use of Required Line of Dialog

Prize winners will be announced at the screening.

THE RULES
– A member of your team must be present at the Challenge Launch to receive your challenge packet.
– Entry Fees can be paid by check to “Omaha Film Festival” or by cash or credit card at the time of the launch.
– Each entry must be a separate submission – you must include registration form and payment for each submission.
– Challenge Launch will commence at 6:00pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Image Arts Building – 2626 Harney Street – Omaha NE 68131. Genres will be drawn at 7:00pm.
– You must complete all of the mandatory challenges (genre, line of dialog, prop).
– All submissions must be delivered via drive or data disc along with the FILM INFORMATION FORM. A password protected (downloadable) Vimeo link is also acceptable.
– Acceptable format for submission is H.264 digital file.
– Submissions must be received by 7:00pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Festival staff will be available at the office between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Sunday to receive submissions.
– All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.
– Only submissions with completed REGISTRATION FORM, FILM INFORMATION FORM, and paid entry fees will be accepted.
– Films must be no longer than 5 minutes in length (including credits).
– To be eligible, the film cannot have a public screening locally prior to the Film Challenge Screening date. We ask that your film not be viewable in its entirety online on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook before the Film Challenge Screening. Trailers or clips from the film are acceptable.
– Releases for locations, music, and talent must be obtained by the submitting filmmaker. The Omaha Film Festival is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.
– The Omaha Film Festival does not assume any liability for damage to films, videos, or publicity materials.

Challenge Launch and Delivery Address: 2626 Harney Street – Omaha, NE 68131

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