“The Sapphires,” a movie about a 1968 Australian girl band that sings soul music for the troops in Vietnam, will kick off the eighth annual Omaha Film Festival Wednesday.
The five-day festival will screen 91 films, including 16 narrative features, seven documentaries, four special screenings and 64 short films divided into seven sessions. All will be shown at Regal Cinema (formerly Great Escape), 7440 Crown Point Ave. Nightly parties at venues around the city will give film fans and filmmakers a chance to mingle and connect.
Shorts by Nebraska filmmakers, among the festival’s most popular offerings, number 19 this year and will be shown in three blocks, March 7 and 8 at 8:45 p.m. and March 9 at 8 p.m.
Local filmmaker Nik Fackler (“Lovely, Still”) will screen his new documentary, “Africa,” at 6 p.m. March 8. Recent University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate Alexander Jeffery will show his first feature, “One Way,” at noon March 10.
A filmmaker conference March 9 and 10 will include panel discussions and talks by Oscar-winning cinematographer Mauro Fiore (“Avatar”) and Oscar-winning editor Mike Hill (“Apollo 13”), both of Omaha.
Others speaking at the conference include actors William Katt (“Carrie”), Yolonda Ross (“Antwone Fisher”) and Jessalyn Gilsig (“Heroes,” “Glee”); screenwriters Jim Kouf (“National Treasure,” “Rush Hour”) and Tim Dowling (“Role Models,” “This Means War”); and writer-director David Greenwalt (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
New this year is a Saturday writers’ theater, in which scripts entered into the festival’s screenwriting competition will have 10-minute readings performed by local actors. Local writer-actor and filmmaker Aaron Zavitz is directing.
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