The second annual OFF Academy is in full swing with an amazing group of students and educators and an amazing slate of panelists. 138 students and a dozen educators from 20 local and regional high schools came together to learn about and talk about the art of filmmaking. Panel sessions included screenwriting with Maria Maggenti, whose film “Before I Fall” is currently in theatres, and Jennifer Levin, showrunner for “Felicity” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The end of the session had students combining forces to come up with a movie idea, then pitching it to Maria and Jennifer. An experience very few get to have! Other panel sessions included Producing with Dana Altman of North Sea Films, Directing with Independent Spirit Award nominee Nik Fackler, and Lighting/Cinematography with Ben Drickey from Torchwerks. Specialty break-out sessions put students closer to the action learning storyboarding and editing with David Weiss of DMWeiss Productions and an interactive screenwriting intensive with morning guests Maria and Jennifer. Thank you to Colleen at the Funnybone for hosting us again this year and to Andi at Village Pointe for letting us use their conference room space. And huge thanks to three of our underwriting organizations for providing scholarships to students including Cox Charities, Robert Mann, and Ben Drickey. 70 students were able to attend and learn, get fed, and get an OFF Academy tshirt for free with these scholarships so the students thank you and we thank you!
The movies kicked off in the evening and included a sellout for our screening of “The Lost City of Z.” We also had a full house screening for three of our other screenings and had some fantastic Q&A sessions in four of the six sessions. The evening ended on a high note at Dante Ristorante Pizzeria with some amazing food and some OFF movie themed drinks featuring one of our sponsors Tito’s vodka!
Highlights for tomorrow include day two of the OFF Academy, two more short programs with filmmakers in each including the first of two narrative short Nebraska programs, narrative feature films “Girl Flu.,” and “Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse,” both with filmmakers in attendance, and the documentary “Supergirl” with the filmmaker in attendance. We’re also thrilled to have a screening of the entertaining “Brave New Jersey” to finish out our evening. So if you like Q&As like I do, you won’t want to miss Friday night’s screenings.
Omaha Film Festival
2626 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68131
One of Movie Maker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
Over $32,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners of OFF’16
Omaha Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is 100% volunteer run
The Twelfth Annual Omaha Film Festival will be March 7-12, 2017