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2010 Omaha Film Festival Guide

2010 Omaha Film Festival Guide
Published on February 18, 2010

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The Omaha Film Festival is in its fifth year, and 2010, as they say, is going to be its biggest year yet! In 2009, the Omaha Film Festival (OFF) doled out over $14,000 in awards and prizes, naming winners in 13 categories. Far from a regional event, this year the festival received 450 entries from 25 countries, which the organizers whittled down to the final list of 39 shorts, 18 features, and 6 documentaries.

OFF is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the experience of Omaha film-viewers and filmmakers alike. Each year, the non-profit hosts two events: the conference and the festival, in addition to a schedule of parties throughout the week (plus a special sneak preview bash/open house about a month before the conference held at the North Sea Films building, 2626 Harney Street, which serves as the OFF office).

The Conference

The Conference takes place from March 6 – 7 at the Hixson-Lied Science Center on the campus of Creighton University (25th & Burt St). It will feature a four person panel, composed of Andy Stock (screenwriter, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard), Daniel Petrie, Jr. (screenwriter, Beverly Hills Cop; director), Donald Petrie (director, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Miss Congeniality), and Omaha native and Oscar winner Mike Hill (editor, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and Frost/Nixon).

The Festival

The Festival takes place from March 8 – 14 at the Great Escape Stadium 16 theater in North Omaha (7440 Crown Point Avenue), opening with a special showing of The Greatest, winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. Other things to watch out for include the many Short Film Blocks, especially the Nebraska Short Film Blocks at 8pm on March 10th and 1:30pm on March 13th. You can also go online to check out the Audience Buzz and see what viewers are saying about the films once the festival is underway.

The Parties

The parties take place throughout the week, leading up to the final event on the 14th. They’re a great chance to meet the filmmakers, event organizers, and fans that make OFF such a special event, and various party giveaways usually help to sweeten the process. A schedule is as follows:

Conference Party*
March 7: Nomad Lounge (1013 Jones Street, in the Old Market)
6:00pm - 12:00pm

Opening Night Party**
March 8: Pizza Shoppe (6056 Maple Street in Benson)
8:30pm - 12:00pm

Ring the Bell Party**
March 12: Julio’s "West" (123rd and Center in West Omaha)
10:00pm - 1:00am

Closing Night Party & Food Festival**
March 14: Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. (11941 Centennial Road in LaVista)
6:30pm - 12:00pm

* Included with purchase of Conference Badge
** Included with purchase of All-Access Badge

Official commercial, produced by Corey Hart of No Coast Post & Graphics, Inc. with creative contributions by Dana Altman at North Sea Films

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