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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!

Announcements:

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!

Speakers

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!

Testimonials

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!

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.