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Omaha Film Festival (OFF) will mark 15 years of elevating our community, filmmakers and the arts when it opens its next run on March 3, 2020.

“It’s important for people to do things they love – and if you can support local events and the community at the same time, all the better,” says Marc Longbrake, OFF co-founder and program director.

He, Jeremy Decker and Jason Levering set out to build something like Sundance or the Austin Film Festival – a way of celebrating the artistic, educational, and historical importance of motion pictures, only closer to home.

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“If you like movies, there’s going to be something that you’ll enjoy. We have comedies, dramas, action-adventures, animated shorts… (Over the course of a week, OFF showcases over 100 films selected from an average of over 1000 annual entries.)

If you think you don’t like documentaries, come and see at least one of ours. I think it will change your mind pretty quickly,” Longbrake says.

Recognized by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,”

OFF shows what it considers the top independent films circulating that year in film festivals, including a lot of films that premiere at Sundance or Slamdance every January. Showcasing local talent is also a priority. Every year, OFF has a Nebraska Spotlight category – three full blocks of Nebraska shorts. If they receive locally-made feature films or documentaries, they like to highlight those as well.

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Over the years, OFF has also made great strides towards becoming one of the Midwest’s premier teaching festivals, offering opportunities for filmmakers, students, and film enthusiasts to learn more about the craft of filmmaking through panels, lectures and workshops, including OFF Academy, which connects high schoolers with filmmakers and the screenwriters.

“It’s all about educating, entertaining and inspiring – and it is a super-rewarding part of what we do,” Longbrake says.


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If you want to see, hear and feel exhilaration in action, take your seat or get on your feet, lose yourself in our collection or find your authentic voice. Greater Omaha is acclaimed performing arts centers, a world-renowned Indie music scene, world-class museums and engaging galleries – a cultural hub bringing it all together and bringing us all together.

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“We love living in Omaha and competing here with other theatres. Omaha is at its best – and movie-going is at its best – when every theatre is competing to make the experience as good as it can be.” – Bill Barstow, co-owner, Aksarben Cinema

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Opening on May 31, Director Kimberly Hickman and her cast of 37 volunteer actors have tirelessly been preparing to bring Ragtime to life at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Set in New York in the early 20th century, the plot explores the serious issues of class struggles between immigrants and suburbanites while touching on themes of family, immigration, and integration.