The Eleventh Annual Omaha Film Festival returns to the Marcus Village Pointe Theatre from March 8-13th and is thrilled to announce its stellar line-up of domestic and international narrative feature films, documentaries, and short films as well as a fantastic group of over a dozen screenplay finalists. The list of 109 films highlights 10 narrative features, 6 documentaries, and 84 short films in its “in competition” categories. In addition to those films are three special screenings and a brand new “Nebraska Spotlight“ category that includes six narrative feature films and documentaries made in Nebraska or by Nebraskans.
The festival will open on Tuesday, March 8 with their opening night film “Eye in the Sky” which stars Oscar winner Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman and will close on Sunday, March 13 with its closing night film, winner of three Cannes Film Festival awards including best director, “The Lobster” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
The Nebraska Spotlight films include the very personal “It Snows all the Time” produced by Omahan Erich Hover which will be a special engagement film hosted by Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association of Omaha , “Black Luck” which was co-directed by David Weiss and Omaha Film Festival Executive Director Jason Levering, “No Resolution” in local music legend Tim Kasher’s directorial debut, “Once in a Lew Moon” the documentary about the amazing life of screenwriting guru and Nebraska native Lew Hunter directed by Lonnie Senstock, last year’s Sundance Film Festival darling “Take Me to the River” which was shot entirely in and around Loop City, NE, and “I Dream of an Omaha Where…” a truly powerful documentary directed by Mele Mason.
The 84 short films that are in competition are split between ten short film blocks over five days and include three blocks of Nebraska made films, one block of all comedies, one block of international shorts, and the always popular block of animated shorts which includes one of this year’s Oscar nominated films.
Some of the recognizable faces in this years’ festival include Bryce Dallas Howard, Melissa Leo, Tobin Bell, Chris Cooper, Kristen Wigg, Jimmy Kimmel, James Franco, Kelsey Grammer, Reggie Watts, Jason Lee, Billy Zane, Conan O’Brian, Lewis Black, Cloris Leachman, William Shatner, John Carpenter, Patton Oswalt , and Lori Singer.
Check out www.omahafilmfestival.org for the full schedule of films, parties, and the conference schedule and for information about passes and individual tickets to events.
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