Call for Entries – Film Streams 2016 Local Filmmakers Showcase

Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit cinema, is now accepting submissions from artists in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota for its 2016 Local Filmmakers Showcase.

Film Streams, Omaha’s nonprofit dedicated to the presentation and discussion of film as an art form, is now accepting submissions for its seventh annual Local Filmmakers Showcase—a curated program featuring work by area artists.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their work electronically by sending a link and completed submission form ( to Or, by sending a DVD or flash drive along with completed submission form to: Film Streams, Attn: Patrick Kinney, P.O. Box 8485, Omaha, NE 68108. Materials, including DVDs and flash drives, will not be returned. There is no fee for entry.

For a film to be eligible, at least one of the project’s filmmakers must be a resident of Nebraska, Iowa, or South Dakota. Students who are attending a school in the showcase region are welcome to submit. The idea is to provide a theatrical premiere for local filmmakers, so work that has screened publicly for a paying audience (outside of film festivals) will not be considered for this program.

New for 2016, the jury will reserve space in the program for a deserving entry by area primary or secondary-school students. Elementary, middle, and high school students and classes are encouraged to submit projects for the Student Spotlight.

Films must be completed at the time of submission and received by Film Streams no later than Friday, July 22, 2016. A maximum of three submissions are allowed per filmmaker. It is the filmmakers’ responsibility to gain permissions for music prior to submission. We will not consider any film that violates another artist’s intellectual property.

More details about the 2016 Local Filmmakers Showcase, which will take place in October, will be announced later this summer. Filmmakers whose films are selected for the showcase (as well as their collaborators, families, and friends) will be invited to an opening night celebration and screening. For each film selected, filmmakers will receive a percentage of the box office for the week-long run at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, plus an honorarium. For the second year, the Local Filmmaker Showcase program will tour the region, with potential stops at cinemas in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury, to be announced soon. Films of all types and running times will be considered for the program, which will be approximately 90 to 150 minutes in length in its entirety.

For press inquiries, contact Patrick Kinney at


Pictured: Still from HUSKER SAND (dir. Tommy Haines & Andrew Sherburne), selected to Film Streams 2015 Local Filmmakers Showcase.

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