April monthly networking meeting

Bring your April Fool’s Day jokes to this month’s networking meeting on Wednesday, April 1.

The Nebraska Film Association is proud to present Andrew Nelson, head of video production for Home Instead, as this month’s featured speaker.

You’ll also get an update on LB45 and other progress made in the legislature.

Please note the new location below:

Where: DJ’s Dugout
636 N 114th St.
When: 5:30 p.m. –  Announcements, followed by speaker, and open networking.
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

See you there!

March montly networking event

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Nebraska Film Association is happy to invite Omaha Film Festival Program Directory Marc Longbrake back to give us a great preview of what to expect at the upcoming (March 10-15) festival!

There will be prizes, making this a networking meeting you will not want to miss! The Omaha Film Festival, now in its 10th year, features 97 films this year.

Check out the schedule on the website: http://omahafilmfestival.org/
Share on Twitter using hashtag #omafilmfest

Join us Wednesday, March 4 at Clancy’s (114th and Dodge) at 5:30 p.m. (Cost is FREE for members, $5 for non-members)

See you there!

UPDATE: Legislative watch

LB45 -Eliminate film vehicle provisions under the Motor Vehicle Registration Act

UPDATE: The bill, with an amendment, was passed with a vote of 26-1 on Feb. 10 to the next round of debate.

On Jan. 26, Sen. Colby Coash (D-27), NFA President Mark Hoeger and Robert Christofferson spoke before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee regarding the bill.

Read the full transcript on pages 8-17 of the transcript.


Click  – here – to find out who represents your legislative district and get their contact information.




February Networking event

WEATHER NOTE: If Omaha Public Schools cancels classes, the February networking meeting will be postponed to a later date.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Nebraska Film Association is proud to present February’s monthly networking meeting featured speaker Omaha Film Festival Program Director Marc Longbrake!

Longbrake joins us about one month before the actual Film Festival March 10-15. (Check out related upcoming events on http://omahafilmfestival.org/)

He’ll give us a sneak peek at some of the upcoming programming, a history of the last nine years of film festivals, and an introduction into “how to film festival.”

This is one you don’t want to miss! Join us on Wednesday, February 4 at Clancy’s Pub (114th and Dodge) at 5:30 p.m. (Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members)

Make sure to sign in to be eligible for some FREE raffles provided by the Omaha Film Festival!

See you there!

In case you missed it: NFA November meeting recap

Wednesday’s meeting had some real excitement and good conversation going on!  If you weren’t there, you really missed out!


The 10th Omaha Film Festival is fast approaching. Marc Longbrake, who just returned from the Austin Film Festival, reminds members the Fall Mixer is Nov. 21. The Late deadline to enter films and screenplays for the OFF is Nov. 17 and volunteers are always needed, just email omahafilmfestival@gmail.com.

The NFA sent surveys to candidates in the recent election. While there wasn’t a lot of response, the two gubernatorial candidates did answer positively, and others that responded expressed interest in learning more! The Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office has election results: http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/

The NFA has in the works a quarterly program for Omaha’s cable access network KPOA. A sign-up sheet was passed around, but volunteers are still being accepted for all positions: Cam op, floor director, audio tech, writer/producer and others. Look for more about this coming up soon! This will be a showcase of Nebraska projects and talent and we’ll need you to make it happen – think PROMOTION!


Some production gear on the film location for a locally shot film.

NFA members talked about their recent experience supporting a film shot locally and written by Omaha Native Erich Hover – It Snows All the Time. Some members were extras and another was a location manager!

Independent filmmaker and new Nebraskan Alex Ward shared details about his upcoming project and need to fill crew and talent positions. It was his first visit at a NFA networking meeting and we look forward to many more! There were other first-timers there, too! Hope to see them again at future NFA meetings!


Speaking of future meetings, Margie would like NFA members (and other filmmakers) to send her testimonials to be used to help us inform lawmakers about the film industry here in Nebraska. Just write out a few paragraphs describing projects that you’ve worked on and your experience here in the state when it comes to filmmaking! Email marjsturgeon@gmail.com. The legislature starts back up on Jan. 7!

Candidates respond to NFA survey

On Thursday, NFA sent a short survey to candidates for Nebraska Legislature (Read it here).  You can click on the name of the candidate or scroll all the way down to read responses in the order they were received.


Pete Ricketts
Chuck Hassebrook
Mark G. Elworth Jr.

District 2

Ron Nolte
Bill Kintner

District 3

Tommy L. Garrett

District 4

Robert Bob Hilkemann
Stacy Ryan

District 6

John Stalnaker
Joni Craighead

District 8

Burke Harr
Gwenn Aspen

District 10

Bob Krist

District 12

Merv Riepe
Greg Hosch

District 14

Jim Smith

District 16

Lydia Brasch
Scott Japp

District 18

J. Michael Tesar
Brett Lindstrom

District 20

John S. McCollister
Matt Lathrop

District 22

Paul Schumacher
Douglas J. Liewer

District 24

Mark A. Kolterman
Kirk Tesar

District 26

Matt Hansen
Brint SMoyer

District 28

Dallas Jones
Patty Pansing Brooks

District 30

Roy Baker
Bob Tiemann

District 32

Laura Ebke
Phil Hardenburger

District 34

Curt Friesen

District 36

Matt Williams
Luis Sotelo

District 38

John L. Kuehn

District 40

Tyson Rope Larson
Keith Kube

District 42

Roric R. Paulman
Michael Groene

District 44

Dan Hughs
Steve Stroup

District 46

Adam Morefeld
James Michael Bowers

District 48

Mike Meister
John P. Stinner Sr.

Responses in the order they were received:

Mark Elworth Jr. (Candidate for Governor)

1. No I do not. I support the private sector being in charge of this. We are trying to cut government spending and cut taxes. the government doesn’t know what’s best for your industry, you do.
2. No, I’m for minimum government, I see this as a issue for the private sector. Politicians are good actors and all, but I can’t support spending tax dollars on this.


Robert Hilkemann (Candidate for District 4)

In regard to setting up a committee to recommend incentives for film makers, I believe we need to expand any industry, including the film industry, that will bring economic benefit to our state and we need to make ourselves competitive with other states.

As to a film liaison, I would need to know more about projected costs of such a liaison and if that function could be performed by an existing agency as effectively.
Thank you for seeking my opinion.


Roy Baker (Candidate for District 30)

We could not go wrong with creating a committee to study the matter of promoting the film industry in Nebraska.  Over the years, there have been some movies made using Nebraska locales, and I was always proud when that happened.  I am sure many other Nebraskans feel the same way.  I am unfamiliar with how promotion is handled in other states, but I am more than willing to learn.


Roric Paulman (Candidate for District 42)

I know little of this subject. If elected would be glad to sit down and learn more.

John Stinner (Candidate for District 48)

1.  Yes, I would support the formation of a committee, as I am always for the promotion and growth of economic development.
2.  It appears to be reasonable, but I would need more research.

Chuck Hassebrook (Candidate for Governor)

I strongly support bringing the film liaison position up to industry standards and forming a Committee to conduct a study on how Nebraska could best structure incentives to support film making in Nebraska in the most cost effective and effective manner.  Nebraska has already demonstrated its potential for the film industry.  But just as in every other industry, we must work to make ourselves competitive.  The money spent in film making provides an economic shot in the arm to our communities.  And supporting a vibrant creative community in our state helps us draw and keep the creative young people that all of our businesses need to thrive in the 21st century.

Pete Ricketts (Candidate for Governor)

1.  I am interested in learning more about the formation of such a committee. It seems reasonable to pool resources in a structured effort to examine how best we can promote Nebraska as an inviting and welcoming place for film production.

2. Again, I would appreciate the benefit of your perspective about the ways we best position Nebraska for more filmmaking opportunities, including any changes recommended in this position.

Candidate survey for the Nebraska Film Association

The Nebraska Film Association has reached out to candidates for the Nebraska Legislature with a survey of interest to our mission.

As each candidate responds, we’ll share their answers here on the website and in the Facebook group.

Below is the email we sent Thursday afternoon:

Below is information about the Nebraska Film Association and a two-question survey for which we’d like to share your answers with the rest of our membership through our website: www.nebraskafilmassociation.com.

We appreciate your time in reading this and writing a response, and look forward to seeing what you have to say as we consider who to vote for this Election Day!

From the NFA:

Expanding and diversifying Nebraska’s economy is crucial to the state’s growth and success. Economists have consistently identified two growth factors that Nebraska needs to develop: 1) Retention and attraction of young talent, especially in the creative classes and 2) create a worldwide recognized identity and brand for Nebraska.
The multi-billion dollar film and media industry is an proven tool in achieving these goals.  In the past, Nebraska has had several large studio driven projects that have resulted in millions of dollars in economic impact and helped make Nebraska a cooler place to hail from.
However, in the past 20 years the competition for location filming outside of Hollywood has become extremely competitive.  Local economic incentives have become essential to producers when making location decisions. Nebraska is one of several states that does not offer any type of incentive at this time, and is not taken seriously as a location for film and media projects.
The opportunity is not just feature films and television. Larry the Cable Guy fought hard to bring Prilosec commercial production to Nebraska, but despite the positive environment the producers found in Nebraska, they could not responsibly serve their clients when incentives are available in other states.
Nebraska is blessed with scores of successful national and international brand companies that spend millions in commercial advertising production nearly all of which leaves Nebraska.
Around the world, film incentives have been tailored to meet local economic objectives. Hawaii has incentives to encourage tourism. Michigan, job creation. Texas, training young people.
The Nebraska Film Association advocates that a committee be formed including the Department of Economic Development and the Legislature to determine Nebraska’s economic goals for film incentives, the amount of reasonable investment and expected return, and then propose a package of Nebraska tailored incentives.
1. Do you support the formation of this Committee?
Every state in the US has a film liaison that helps and encourages producers utilize their state as a production location. Currently, Nebraska’s film liaison is an ad-hoc part-time contractor.
2.Do you support bringing the Nebraska liaison position up to industry standards?
Please elaborate your general outlook on the potential for the motion picture industry in Nebraska and the roll of state government to promote it.