OFF’17 Conference Schedule

All Conference Sessions will be at the Village Pointe Theatre
304 North 174th Street
All sessions will be in Theatre #10
All Conference Panelists are “scheduled to appear”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

9:30am – 10:30am – Filmmaker Panel
Attending (non-Nebraska) filmmaker’s Q&A panel

10:45am – 11:30am – Documentary Panel
A conversation with visiting documentary filmmakers about their process

11:45am – 12:45pm – Writing for the Big and Small Screen
Panel discussion with Maria Maggenti and Jennifer Levin moderated by Joel Stevens

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Acting on the Big and Small Screen
A discussion with Yolonda Ross about acting in a popular TV series moderated by Scott Kurz

2:30pm – 4:00pm – A Brief History of Filmmaking in Nebraska
A presentation with Nebraska Film Commissioner Laurie Richards

Sunday, March 12, 2017

12:00pm – 2:00pm – Writer’s Theatre
A live reading of selections from this year’s OFF screenplay finalists

2:15pm – 3:15pm – Writing the Great American Screenplay
A conversation about screenwriting with Lew Hunter

Panelists:
Maria Maggenti – writer/director/producer – wrote and directed Sundance films “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love” and “Puccini for Beginners,” and writer of the 2011 Black List screenplay “Before I Fall” which is currently in theatres.

Jennifer Levin – writer/producer – Showrunner for CW’s “Felicity” and “Beauty and the Beast,” writer on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” and CBS’s “Without a Trace”

Yolonda Ross – writer/director/actress – Two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee and Gotham Winner for HBO’s “Stranger Inside” and John Sayle’s “Go For Sisters.” Also in “Treme,” “The Get Down,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” and the upcoming Showtime series “The Chi.”

Lew Hunter – writer – Screenwriting 434, chairman Emeritus and Professor of Screenwriting at the UCLA Department of Film and Television.

 

2017 OFF Academy

All OFF Academy Sessions will be at the Funny Bone
17305 Davenport Street, Suire 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 9, 2017 – Day 1

8:00am – 9:00am – participant check-in / breakfast
Liz Zellner – Academy Coordinator, Jeremy Decker – Festival Director,
Jason Levering – Executive Director, Marc Longbrake – Program Director

Students will check in for the day and receive the syllabus and Academy information.
Beverages and a light breakfast will be provided.

9:00am – 10:00am – Screenwriting
Maria Maggenti and Jennifer Levin

First steps in writing a screenplay? How do I get my ideas down on paper?
How do I create and develop real characters?

10:15am – 11:15am – Producing
Dana Altman – North Sea Films

What is a producer’s role? What types of producers are there and what do they do?
How vital to the filmmaking process is a producer?

11:15am – 12:15pm – Directing
Nik Fackler

I want to direct! What does that mean? How do you find actors?
How do you direct actors? How do you find crew?

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Lunch (open discussion)

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Cinematography & Lighting
Ben Drickey – Torchwerks

Where do I point the camera? How do I move the camera?
Is lighting important to help tell my story?

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Break-out Session – Screenwriting Intensive
Maria Maggenti and Jennifer Levin – pre-registration required

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Break-out Session – Storyboarding
David Weiss – pre-registration required

2:30pm – 3:00pm – “Putting the Pieces Together” Q&A sessions

Friday, March 10, 2017 – Day 2
8:00am – 9:00am – participant check-in / breakfast / open discussion

9:00am – 10:00am – Sound
Kevin Keplar

Sound is 50% of your movie! If your sound is bad, your movie is bad!
But how do I get good sound on a budget?

10:15am – 11:15am – Executive Producing
Tim Christian – Night Fox Entertainment

I think I have a good idea for a movie, but I need to find investors!
How do I get my movie made?

11:15am – 12:15pm – Acting
Yolonda Ross

Theatre acting versus film acting. TV crews versus movie crews.
What’s it like playing a character on a TV series?

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Lunch and Learn
Students will be grouped with filmmakers sharing similar film interests for a catered lunch.
Students will have the opportunity to discuss any aspect of film with these special guests.

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Acting
Scott Kurz

Theatre acting versus film acting. How do I work with the director to develop a character?

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Break-out Session – Screenwriting Intensive

Maria Maggenti and Jennifer Levin – pre-registration required

1:15pm – 2:30pm – Break-out Session – Lighting/Cinematography hands-on
Ben Drickey – pre-registration required

2:30pm – 3:00pm – “The Big Picture” Q&A sessions

OFF’17 Festival Parties

OFF’17 dates are March 7-12 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 7th – 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, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
8:00pm – 11:00pm

March 8th – Wednesday
Tavern 180
203 North 180th Street
Food provided by Tavern 180
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
10:00pm – midnight

March 9th – Thursday
Dante Ristorante Pizzeria
16901 Wright Plaza #173
Free pizza provided by Dante
Drink specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
10:00pm – midnight

March 10th – 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, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
10:00pm – midnight

March 11th – Saturday
Stroud’s
301 North 175th Street
Free appetizers provided by Stroud’s
Free drink specials from Tito’s
Drink Specials / Cash bar
Free entry for folks with All Access, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
10:00pm – midnight

March 12th – 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, Sponsor, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Volunteer Passes!
$10 entry without a pass.
7:30pm – 11:00pm

 

OFF’17 Screenplay Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Omaha Film Festival!

Feature Length Scripts:

Dietrich Danzig by John Pisano-Thomsen
End Transmission by Richard Ferrando
Red Velvet by Tom Radovich
The Keeper Beauchamp by Michael Comstock
The Snowman by Nick Cammilleri
War/Love by Hannah Feller

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

A Letter Before Dying by Nathaniel Edwards
Lotustown by Doug Sasse
No Choice by Stephen M. Hunt
Summer Fruit by Annalise Lamberty
The Old States by Lain Kienzle

OFF’17 Screenplay Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the semi-finalists for the 2017 Omaha Film Festival!

Feature Length Scripts:

Clear Blue Sky by Michael Spiros Brazda
Low Altitudes by Benjamin Adams
Reborn by Lisa Kovanda
Scabs by Rudy Jansen
Speechless by Tom Helberg
Stepmonster by Doug Sasse
The Case of the Tattooed Redhead by Jim Norman
The Dead Life by Andrew Wassom & Chuck Mittan
The Good Book by Lucy A. Fazely
The Green Machine: the True Story of the South Lincoln Track Club by Laurie Altenbern
The Man and The Moon by Paul Forrest
Venor by Matt Nye
You Can Look Now by Mark Steensland

Short Scripts (under 30 pages):

A Good and Wholesome Work by Samantha Kolesnik
Come Back For Me by Kevin Silva
Graffiti Cat by Tatiana Radzik
Kings by Jamaal Scott
Stockholm Syndromes by Kamila Stopyra
Sunny and the Seal by Jake Teeny
Symposium by Tom Grady
The Duel by Justin Michael Terry
The Mishap of Jonas by Travis Lee Eller
Without Adult Supervision by Andrew Wassom