Results from the 2018 OFF

Screenplays:

Best Nebraska Screenplay – Mad Rush written by Christine Burright
Best Short Screenplay – Mad Rush written by Christine Burright
Best Teleplay – Stranger Things: f7/f2 written by Ana Ziegler Loes
Best Feature Screenplay – The Road to Matanzas written by Christopher Helton

Films:

Jury Prizes:

Best Animated Short Film – “Weeds” by Kevin Hudson
Animated Short Film Honorable Mention – “Catherine” by Britt Raes
Best Nebraska Short Film – “Dakota” by Mike Montgomery
Best Nebraska Short Film Honorable Mention – “Now or Forever” by Darcy Lueking Bahensky
Best Short Film – “Rabbit Punch” by Keith Farrell
Short Film Honorable Mention – “Zion” by Floyd Russ
Best Documentary – “Dark Money” by Kimberly Reed
Documentary Honorable Mention – “One Vote” by Christine Woodhouse
Best Feature Film – “The Independents” by Greg Naughton
Feature Film Honorable Mention – “My Name is Myeisha” by Gus Krieger

Audience Choice Awards:

Audience Choice Short Film – “Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times” by Marcus Markou
Audience Choice Documentary – “Pick of the Litter” by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
Audience Choice Feature Film – “Adventures in Public School” by Kyle Rideout

OFF’18 Conference

All Conference Sessions will be at the Village Pointe Theatre
304 North 174th Street
All sessions will be in Theatre #15
All Conference Panelists are “scheduled to appear”

Saturday, March 10, 2018

9:30am – 10:15am – Documentary Panel
A conversation with visiting documentary filmmakers about their process.

10:30am – 11:15am – Filmmaker Panel
Attending (non-Nebraska) filmmaker’s Q&A panel.

11:30am – 12:30pm – The Moments That Mattered
A frank discussion about the moments, choices, and decisions that turned out to make a big difference in our filmmaking careers at every level along the way. With Pamela Ribon and Jason Headley.

1:00pm – 1:45pm – Filmmaking in Nebraska
An open panel discussion about filmmaking in Nebraska.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

12:00pm – 3:00pm – Writer’s Theatre
A live reading of selections from this year’s OFF screenplay finalists

Panelists:
Pamela Ribon is a screenwriter (Moana, Smurfs: The Lost Village), TV writer (Samantha Who?), comic book writer (SLAM!, Rick & Morty), author, and best-selling novelist. She’s currently co-writing Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. She was recently named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and was a 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow. She has been a member of the Disney Animation StoryTrust since 2013. She was a writer and narration consultant on the DisneyNature documentary Bears. Her comedic memoir Notes to Boys (and Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public) was praised by NPR as “brain-breakingly funny.” Her first graphic novel, My Boyfriend is a Bear, (co-created with Cat Farris) will be released April 2018 from Oni Press. She’s been in comedy rooms for both network and cable television, and developed original series and features for ABC, ABC Family, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney Channel and 20th Century Fox Productions.

Jason Headley’s feature film, “A Bad Idea Gone Wrong,” won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award at the deadCenter Film Festival. Called “a talent to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter, Jason is currently writing an upcoming feature film for Pixar Animation Studios. His short films—including the viral videos “It’s Not About the Nail” and “F*ck That: An Honest Meditation”—have been featured at Banksy’s Dismaland, NBC’s TODAY Show, SundanceTV, the TED Conference, Vimeo Staff Picks, and film festivals far and wide. Jason has been a part of the IFP Narrative Labs, IFP Emerging Storytellers, and SFFILM FilmHouse. He’s also been commissioned by Heineken, Sony, and Chrysler to write, direct, and produce original short films. Fun fact: Jason is more handsome in real life than he is on camera, but he’s still not actually handsome.

2018 OFF Academy Schedule

All OFF Academy Sessions will be at the Funny Bone
17305 Davenport Street, Suite 201
All OFF Academy Panelists are “scheduled to appear”

For more information or to find out how you can get involved with the OFF Academy, send an email to omahafilmfestival@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Day 1

8:00am – 9:00am – participant check-in / breakfast

Students will check in for the day
Beverages and a light breakfast will be provided

8:30am – 9:00am Welcome from OFF Staff

9:15am – 10:30am Breakout Sessions

“Special FX Makeup: Creating A Character”
Tim Welch, Sarah O’Connell from Scream in the Dark

“How to Talk the Talk”
Pamela Ribon, Jason Headley from Pixar

Lighting/Cinematography For Your Scene
Ben Drickey from Torchwerks

“Directing: The Ups, Downs, and Enjoying the Ride”
Visiting Filmmakers

10:45am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions

“Special FX Makeup: Creating A Character”
Tim Welch, Sarah O’Connell from Scream in the Dark

“How To Talk The Talk”
Pamela Ribon, Jason Headley from Pixar

Lighting/Cinematography For Your Scene
Ben Drickey from Torchwerks

“Directing: The Ups, Downs, and Enjoying the Ride”
Visiting Filmmakers

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
Beverages and lunch will be provided
~ Funny Bone Main Room ~

1:00pm – 1:20pm Group Photograph

1:20pm – 2:15pm Say What? Sound Mixing
Kevin Keplar

2:15pm – 2:30pm End of the Day Wrap Session

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Day 2

8:00am – 9:00am – participant check-in / breakfast
Students will check in for the day
Beverages and a light breakfast will be provided

8:30am – 9:00am Welcome from OFF Staff

9:15am – 10:30am Breakout Sessions

“How To Walk the Walk”
Pamela Ribon, Jason Headley from Pixar

“Documentary Filmmaking: How Do I Tell My Story?”
Dana Nachman and Robin Berghaus

“Live Auditioning For Film”
Visiting Actors

“Live Storyboarding for Your Movie”
Dave Weiss, Jason Levering

10:45am – 12:00pm Breakout Sessions

“How To Walk the Walk”
Pamela Ribon, Jason Headley from Pixar

“Documentary Filmmaking: How Do I Tell My Story?”
Dana Nachman and Robin Berghaus

“Live Auditioning for Film”
Visiting Actors

“Live Storyboarding for Your Movie”
Dave Weiss, Jason Levering

12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch and Learn with Filmmakers
Beverages and lunch will be provided
Vegetarian option available
~ Funny Bone Main Room ~

1:30pm – 2:30pm Visiting Filmmaker Panel

2:30pm – 2:40pm End of the Day Wrap Session and Goodbye

OFF’18 Festival Parties

OFF’18 dates are March 6-11 and will feature amazing independent feature films, documentaries, short films, animated films, and screenplays from around the world. Each night after the film screenings will be VIP parties for All Access badge holders.

March 6th – Tuesday
Opening Night Party
Cheeseburger in Paradise
17304 Davenport Street
Free appetizers provided by Cheeseburger in Paradise
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
8:00pm – 11:00pm

March 7th – Wednesday
Tavern 180

203 North 180th Street
Food provided by Tavern 180
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
10:00pm – midnight

March 8th – Thursday
Playmakers Pizzeria & Sports Grill

12744 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
10:00pm – midnight

March 9th – Friday
Ring the Bell Party
Julio’s West
2820 South 123rd Ct
Free taco bar provided by Julio’s
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
10:00pm – midnight

March 10th – Saturday
Dante Ristorante Pizzeria

16901 Wright Plaza #173
Free pizza provided by Dante
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
10:00pm – midnight

March 11th – Sunday
Closing Night Party
Brickway Brewery & Distillery
1116 Jackson Street
Free appetizers provided by Brickway
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access passes!
$10 entry without a pass
7:15pm – 11:00pm

Omaha World Herald GO Section | Movie notes: Omaha Film Festival kicks off next week

Awesome ramp-up to OFF’18 from Micah at the Omaha World Herald. Thanks Micah!

The Omaha Film Festival kicks off next week for its 13th year.

From Tuesday to March 11, OFF will be screening films and hosting events at Marcus Village Pointe.

That’s narrative features, documentaries, shorts and animated films, produced locally and/or elsewhere.

Highlights this year include the Jon Hamm thriller “Beirut,” the Shia LaBeouf-starring sports drama “Borg McEnroe” and the sci-fi film “The Endless.”

MovieMaker | Omaha Film Festival 2017: 13 Reasons Why This Midwest Festival is Never Middle of The Pack

Awesome article by Molly Hermann, director of OFF’17 documentary “Written OFF,” in the MovieMaker magazine!

As a veteran of one sweep around the festival circuit, I’ve been to some wonderful festivals… and a few that were no fun.

Let me draw an analogy: I frequently work in the developing world, and have a rating system for bathrooms—starting with one (hole in the ground) and building up to a 13 (Heathrow Airport restrooms with the rotating plastic wrap). Each additional amenity (walls, a toilet, a seat, a door, a lock on the door, a light, a sink, soap, no flies, paper products, a trashcan, a flush, a mirror…) adds to the number.

The list of things that good film festivals do right is just as concrete. Omaha Film Festival—which I attended this spring with co-producer/DP Rob Lyall, with our feature documentary about the opioid crisis, Written Off—gets my highest rating. Here’s why:

OFF’18 Screenplay Finalists

Feature Length Scripts:

The Road to Matanzas written by Christopher Helton
American Mule written by Ian James Ortiz
Sam’s War written by Stephen C. Settle
Alice in War written by Steven Bogart

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

Memories for Sale written by Doug Sasse
Honor written by Ed Vela
Mad Rush written by Christine Burright
Monkeys written by Matthew Strasburger

Teleplays:

Stranger Things: f7/f2 written by Ana Ziegler Loes
Hell Hound – “The Legend of Robert Johnson” written by Giancarlo Fusi
End of Life written by Sean Collins-Smith
Buffalo Nation written by Alexander Major

2018 Screenplay Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the semi-finalists for the 2018 Omaha Film Festival!
Finalists will be announced in early February.

Feature Length Scripts:

4th Of July by Erin Cardiff
Alice in War by Steven Bogart
American Mule by Ian James Ortiz
Connect by John Pisano-Thomsen
Growing Paranoia by Ryan M. Andrews
Honey Boy by Otis Lort & Shia Labeouf
Infamy by Samuel Laskey
The Kingdom’s Spell by Ben Adams
The Road to Matanzas by Christopher Helton
Sam’s War by Stephen C. Settle
Secrets by Lori Kay Allred
The Witness by Nic Lewis

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

A War on Terror by Peter Haig
Baby in the Basement by David-Matthew Barnes
Boring People Die Alone by Darcy Lueking
Dirty Winds by Andrew Huggins
Empathic by John Burdeaux
Fortytwo B by Paraskevas (Paris) Grigorakis
Honor by Ed Vela
June Block Hero by Seth Kozak
Mad Rush by Christine Burright
Memories for Sale by Doug Sasse
Monkeys by Matthew Strasburger
Saline County, Illinois by Jeffrey Howe
Stasis by Alex Giannoulis
Stutter Buddy by Jeff Hoferer
Sweet Sixteen by Joyce Sherrí

Teleplays:

Aftermath by Rebecca Heim
Buffalo Nation by Alexander Major
Éire’s Song by Kristen Nedopak
End of Life by Sean Collins-Smith
Hell Hound – “The Legend of Robert Johnson” by Giancarlo Fusi
The Red Dogs by Mark Sims
Stranger Things: f7/f2 by Ana Ziegler Loes
Supergirl: Eclipsed by Yanjuan Song

2017 48hr Film Challenge

Congratulations to ALL of the participating filmmakers for this year’s 48hr Filmmaking 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
-The Quadratic Killer
Most Creative Use of Required Prop
-The Quadratic Killer
Best Cinematography
-Shell
2nd Runner Up
-Shell
1st Runner Up
-Out Loud
Best Film
-The Quadratic Killer

In the open category:
Most Creative Use of Required Line of Dialog
-Clarity
Most Creative Use of Required Prop
-The Legend of Wolfe Canyon
Best Cinematography
-One for the Books
2nd Runner Up
-One for the Books
1st Runner Up
-The Legend of Wolfe Canyon
Best Film
-cmd:run_

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


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

The Wrath of Math directed by Erin Mosier – 3:48 – comedy
The Shape directed by Nathan Blizzard – 5:00 – comedy
The Star of Humanity directed by Hailee Camacho – 3:56 – sci-fi
Family Mystery directed by Simon Guthrie – 4:47 – crime
Outbreak directed by Gabby Push & Jaimee Jindra – 4:04 – sci-fi
Serum directed by Gavin Lake – 3:40 – sci-fi
Out Loud directed by Amiya Johnson – 2:13 – drama
Shell directed by Julian Hock-Beaty – 4:33 – crime
The Quadratic Killer directed by Toaster Productions – 5:00 – thriller

73 directed by Marjorie Sturgeon – 4:11 – comedy
All Who Wander directed by Emma Hoffman – 4:48 – drama
Bruce Unboxed directed by Tony Bonacci – 5:00 – comedy
Yard Work directed by Athena Neville – 4:06 – comedy
Clarity directed by Mike Lucas – 2:37 – thriller
Copilot directed by Myrddin McHugh – 4:56 – drama
Cosmic Justice directed by Mason Shumaker – 3:46 – sci-fi
Happy Birthday directed by Amanda Christi & Andrew Swenson – 4:25 – crime
We’ll Be Right Back directed by John Gutowski – 3:28 – comedy
Kill the Lights directed by Zach Bock – 2:17 – thriller
One for the Books directed by Savannah Rodgers – 3:23 – crime
One Last Code directed by Jordan Rivera – 5:00 – drama
cmd:run_ directed by Levi Peters – 3:20 – sci-fi
Package Deal directed by Brigitte Timmerman & Tim Barr – 4:50 – sci-fi
Ration directed by Christopher “Panda” Marshall – 4:55 – thriller
The Escape directed by Jerred Zegelis – 4:59 – thriller
The Island Counter directed by Ian Snyder – 5:00 – comedy
Voicemail directed by James Zueben – 4:39 – crime
The Legend of Wolfe Canyon directed by Sam Senser – 3:30 – thriller

Screening will be held at
Marcus Village Pointe Cinema
304 North 174th Street
starting at 6:30pm in theatre #16
Followed by a filmmaker Q&A and Awards

Genres: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Crime
Line of Dialog: “it’s never been more clear”
Prop: Calculator


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 15th at 6:00pm at the Image Arts Building on 2626 Harney Street. Genres will be drawn at 7:00pm!

Not a filmmaker? That’s okay! The challenge is open to all levels and we want to see what you can do! Need to work on your writing and filmmaking skills before the challenge? Check out our Cinematography, Audio, and Screenwriting Workshops. All are welcome! Each workshop is designed so that any first-timer will get a lot out of it, but if you’re a seasoned filmmaker you’ll learn valuable insights as well.

Cinematography Workshop Facebook Event Page – August 27
Audio Workshop Facebook Event Page – September 10
Screenwriting Workshop Facebook Event Page – September 10

Films will be due back to festival staff at the same address on Sunday, September 17th 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 3:00pm and 7:00pm to receive the films.

All films will be screened at the Village Pointe Cinema on Wednesday, September 27th and prizes will be awarded. Check our site for times.

Filmmakers can register for the 48 Hour Film Challenge here.

Pre-registration is $20 per team.
High School student pre-registration is $15 per team (student ID required at check-in).
Registration the day of the Challenge launch (September 15) is $25 per team.

So 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 15th 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!

Over $2000 in prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers in both the student and open categories.

Prize 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
Please direct questions about the 48 Hour Film Challenge to off48hr@gmail.com.

For more info visit our Facebook Event page:
48hr Film Challenge Facebook Event Page

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 15, 2017 at the Image Arts Building – 2626 Harney Street – Omaha NE 68131.
– 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.
– Acceptable format for submission is H.264 digital file.
– Submissions must be received by 7:00pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Festival staff will be available at the office between 3:00pm 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

2017 48hr Film Challenge

28 teams turned in their 48hr Film Challenge Films!
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Crime
Line of Dialog: “it’s never been more clear”
Prop: Calculator
Facebook page – Facebook Event Page
Film screening information and winners list is here