48-hours + 5 minutes + 1 smartphone = the Omaha Film Festival's Smartphone Film Challenge

Aug 21, 2012

The Omaha Film Festival is offering a 48-hour Smartphone Film Challenge as its spark during Omaha Creative Week.

Jason Levering, Executive Director for the Omaha Film Festival, says approximately 28 groups will have sparks for the community to enjoy throughout the week of August 31st.  The Omaha Film Festival’s 48-hour Smartphone Film Event challenges filmmakers to create a short film that runs 5 minutes or less in two days. 

Levering says the only tool they are allowed to use to film the production is a smartphone, though teams can use any audio or editing equipment they want to in post-production.

"There will be special challenges that we give out.  Every filmmaker will get a genre for their film. There will be a location of the city they have to shoot at least one scene in. Every filmmaker will be given a prop and a line of dialogue.”

The 48-hour challenge kicks off Friday, August 31st at the Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney Street.  All the films will be screened on Saturday, September 8th.  Omaha Creative Week runs August 31st through September 9th at various locations throughout the city.