Screenplay Finalists

OFF’20 Screenplay Finalists
To celebrate the craft of screenwriting, the Omaha Film Festival is thrilled to present the 2020 Writer’s Theatre.

The Writer’s Theatre will take place at the College of Saint Mary
on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

College of Saint Mary, Gross Auditorium – 7000 Mercy Road

Highway 83 written by Anthony Rainone (Feature Screenplay)
A driven sheriff in the Badlands of 1970 South Dakota desperately tries to stop her convict father’s execution by hunting down the real killer – a Nazi who escaped from a German POW camp in Nebraska decades earlier.

Float Me Up written by Daniel Talbott (Feature Screenplay)
Emma lives on her own in the house where she was raised, her parents both gone. She travels far out of New Orleans each week to care for her wayward brother Cody—their family a tightly closed island of two. When her brother makes a decision that breaks open her life and leaves her utterly alone, Emma emerges from the smallness of her existence and ventures into the chaos and swirl of the French Quarter and greater New Orleans, whose eclectic inhabitants, lost souls, and fellow travelers will either drown her or help her toward some new shore of possibility.

They Went On written by Anthony Gilmore & Drew McCoy (Feature Screenplay)
They Went On begins with the narrator, a young Marina Hernandez, in the middle of escaping a Kansas City mental ward in 1979. We learn that Marina, charismatic and electric despite signs of a hard life, has undifferentiated schizophrenia … and that she has a story to tell us, starting from the end.

Black Star Rising written by Doug Williams (Feature Screenplay)
Barbara Jordan conquers poverty and racism to become a leading black politician in the 1970s. But as she rises, Jordan’s allies sabotage her career because she doesn’t act like a stereotypical “black woman politician.” Though crippled by illness and betrayal, she confronts her critics in one last war against injustice.

Hippy Dippy written by Anthony Rainone (Short Screenplay)
Two men set out to steal a rodeo bull and come up against a migrant woman tougher than all of them.

Bronko and Dorothy written by John T. Frederick (Short Screenplay)
Two old folks discuss disappointment, anger, death and life at The Gardens Of Eden… a modern elder care warehouse.

People In A Box written by M.r. Fitzgerald (Short Screenplay)
A passionate, naive singer is trapped in a mysterious Black-Box Theatre where she and other entertainers must perform to survive.

Undone – Pilot written by Christine Burright McGuigan (Teleplay)
A jaded wedding photographer must come to terms with her career and her views on marriage after splitting up with her husband.

Shadowpoint – A Domestic Incident written by Doug Sasse (Teleplay)
After accidentally killing his wife during a heated argument and burying her in the woods, a guilt-ridden husband begins to see his dead wife all over town. This is an episode in a new anthology series.

The Group written by Joel Stevens & Angee Stevens (Exhibition Short Screenplay)
In Dr. Kyle’s Teen Coping Group, the only thing more terrifying than the secrets revealed are the ones that aren’t.

Congratulations to the screenplay semi-finalists for the 2020 Omaha Film Festival!

Feature Length Scripts:

Highway 83 by Anthony Rainone
The Apostle by John Martins III
Float Me Up by Daniel Talbott
They Went On by Anthony Gilmore & Drew McCoy
Project Fog by Adva Reichman
Black Star Rising by Doug Williams
A Tent on Jupiter by Derek Nicoletto

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

Rubert Becomes by David J Schroeder
Hippy Dippy by Anthony Rainone
Finding Shelter by Mehrtash Mohit
The Crime by Pamela Perry
Bronko and Dorothy by John T. Frederick
The Joymaker by Tara Grover Smith
Mismatch by Bernhard Reidhammer
In Your Hands by Carlo Liberatore
People in A Box by M.R. Fitzgerald
I Am Ranger by Nathan Romesser


Barrio – El Niño by Charlie Gandez
Rails – Pilot by Craig Miller
Undone – Pilot by Christine Burright McGuigan
Shadowpoint – A Domestic Accident by Doug Sasse

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Call for Entries

The CALL FOR ENTRIES for the Fifteenth Annual Omaha Film Festival is now closed. Films and screenplays will be notified of festival acceptance by approximately February 6, 2020. One of
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