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

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

2017 Audio Workshop

Audio workshopFacebook Event Page

As a part of our continuing educational outreach for the OFF Academy we are offering an audio workshop. Taught by audio professional Kevin Keplar, we will give you a good understanding of the best ways to get great sound when making films. Sound is 50% of a film and how you capture it and what you do with it when it’s captured can make or break your film so you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from someone who’s been capturing and processing live sound professionally his whole career

When:
Sunday, September 10 from 10:00am – noon (check-in at 9:30am)

Where:
Metropolitan Community College
Do Space
7205 Dodge St
Omaha NE 68114

How Much:
High School student pre-registration is $10 per student
(student ID required at check-in).
Registration the day of the session is $15.
Non-students welcome for $15. Please pre-register if you can!

If you would like to attend but can’t afford the entry fee, send us a message and we will work with some of our sponsors that have previously provided OFF Academy scholarships to see what is available.

Pre-register online to secure your spot.
Fees accepted at check-in on the day of the workshop.
Checks can be made out to “Omaha Film Festival.”
Cash or Credit Card are also accepted.

Please submit your completed form by September 9, 2017
Register:
http://forms.omahafilmfestival.org/form-2907436/2017-Audio-Workshop-Registration-Form

2017 Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting WorkshopFacebook Event Page

As a part of our continuing educational outreach for the OFF Academy we are offering a beginners screenwriting workshop. Taught by Omaha Film Festival directors Jason Levering and Marc Longbrake, we will introduce you to the basics of screenwriting including proper formatting, basic storytelling, and character development.

The workshop will be geared toward High School students but anyone with an interest in the screenwriting process is welcome to attend.

When:
Sunday, September 10 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm (check-in at 12:30)

Where:
Metropolitan Community College
Do Space
7205 Dodge St
Omaha NE 68114

How Much:
High School student pre-registration is $15 per student
(student ID required at check-in).
Registration the day of the session is $20.
Non-students welcome for $20. Please pre-register if you can!

If you would like to attend but can’t afford the entry fee, send us a message and we will work with some of our sponsors that have previously provided OFF Academy scholarships to see what is available.

Pre-register online to secure your spot.
Fees accepted at check-in on the day of the workshop.
Checks can be made out to “Omaha Film Festival.”
Cash or Credit Card are also accepted.

Please submit your completed form by September 9, 2017
Register:
http://forms.omahafilmfestival.org/form-2907295/2017-Screenwriter-Workshop-Registration-Form

2017 Cinematography Workshop

Cinematography WorkshopFacebook Event Page

As a part of our continuing educational outreach for the OFF Academy we are offering a beginners cinematography workshop. Taught by Ben Drickey, owner of Torchwerks Studio. We will introduce you to the basics of cinematography and film lighting.

The workshop will be geared toward High School students but anyone with an interest in the filmmaking process is welcome to attend and will gain a wealth of valuable information.

When:
Sunday, August 27 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm (check-in at 12:30pm)

Where:
Mastercraft Building
1111 North 13th Street
Omaha NE 68102
Drive on the east side of the building to Dock #12

How Much:
High School student pre-registration is $20 per student
(student ID required at check-in)
Registration the day of the session is $25
Non-students welcome for $25
Pre-registration not required but appreciated!

If you would like to attend but can’t afford the entry fee, send us a message and we will work with some of our sponsors that have previously provided OFF Academy scholarships to see what is available.

Pre-register online to secure your spot.
Fees accepted at check-in on the day of the workshop.
Checks can be made out to “Omaha Film Festival.”
Cash or Credit Card are also accepted.

Please submit your completed form by August 26, 2017
Register:
http://forms.omahafilmfestival.org/form-2910592/2017-Cinematography-Workshop-Registration-Form

O Comic Con pop-up theatre

Come check out a ton of Animated and Comedy shorts from past Omaha Film Festivals at our Pop-Up Theatre at the Third Annual O Comic Con!

Go to the O Comic Con Facebook page for more info on their amazing event

https://www.facebook.com/omahacomiccon/

From Friday, July 7th, through Sunday, July 9th, the Mid-America Center will once again transform into a comics and pop culture expo space as O Comic Con hosts guests from the entertainment world amid 25,000 square feet of vendors, artists, and exhibitors.

And once you’re in, look for the OFF Theatre and hang out with us free of charge! We’ll be doing drawings for cool OFF swag and passes for future OFF events all weekend!

Free parking
Kids 12 and under admitted free with adult ticket holder
Event hours:
Friday 12 PM – 8 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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