Omaha Film Festival

OFF // Omaha Film Festival

15th edition

Mar 03 - Mar 08, 2021
Omaha, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Musical, Mystery, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, War, Western

Mission / description ESTABLISHED IN 2005, the Omaha Film Festival (OFF) began as a way for the Omaha community to experience the artistry of independent filmmaking through the exhibition of new films by aspiring artists that are otherwise unavailable for viewing in the area. The Festival showcases over 60 films during its annual event, selected from an average of over 400 annual entries that come in from around the world, offering a wide variety of independent cinema choices that includes regional and world premier films as well as advanced screenings of films that have already attracted wider distribution. Narrative features, documentaries, short films, and animated shorts are screened during the week-long Festival, with a special section for Nebraska-made films as well. The selected filmmakers are invited to attend the festival and are given the opportunity to discuss their films with the audience after each screening. Films that have been presented by the OFF have featured performances by Tom Hanks, John Malkovich, Ed Harris, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Ving Rhames, Ryan Gosling, David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Jet Li, Barry Pepper, Adrien Brody, and Jeremy Renner.

What sets the OFF apart from other festivals is the overall feeling of inclusion that permeates through the design of the festival experience; from our Midwest hospitality to the care that we take in providing a warm and welcoming environment for our guests, attendees come away with the feeling that they belong here, and that they are a part of something special.

But it’s not just our celebration of film that draws people to the Festival. Our opening and closing night parties and our nightly social gatherings at area hot-spots offer a chance for audience members and filmmakers to mingle with one another in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

OVER THE LAST 5 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.
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