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Announcing the guest jury for the 2019 Local Filmmakers Showcase

Film Streams is thrilled to announce the independent jury for our 2019 Local Filmmakers Showcase: mentees, artist mentors, and staff from Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program (KBMP)

Now in its tenth year, the showcase celebrates work by Nebraska and Iowa filmmakers. Thanks to the generous support of Mutual of Omaha, filmmakers whose work is selected will receive an honorarium and a percentage of the box office for the showcase. 

KBMP offers access to an interdisciplinary arts studio and professional artist support for teens. Students and mentors meet after school in an environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art practice, and which encourages community involvement. 

This dedication to art and community, as well as its young participants’ fresh perspective on creativity and storytelling, make the Kent Bellows mentees and artist mentors a natural choice to determine the Local Filmmakers Showcase program. Film Streams is excited to see their values and points of view reflected in their final selections.

Filmmakers may submit work for consideration via Film Freeway. There is no fee for entry. For a project to be eligible, at least one of its filmmakers must be a resident of Nebraska or Iowa (including college students). Films must be completed at the time of submission and received no later than Friday, July 26, 2019. Questions about submissions may be directed to

A maximum of three submissions are allowed per filmmaker. It is the applicant’s responsibility to gain permissions for any borrowed intellectual property, like music, prior to submission. We encourage filmmakers to submit pieces no longer than 40 minutes in length. Movies that have screened publicly for a paying audience, outside of festivals, will not be considered for this program. 

Space in the showcase will be reserved for a deserving entry by filmmakers who are in primary or secondary school. Area elementary, middle, and high school students and classes are invited to submit projects for the Student Spotlight.

The 2019 Local Filmmakers Showcase will take place in November. Filmmakers whose work is selected for the showcase (as well as their collaborators, families, and friends) will be invited to an opening night celebration and screening. 

Past showcase juries include a group of artists who created work for the renovated Dundee Theater, the staff of Hello Holiday, the Union for Contemporary Art, staff and musicians from Saddle Creek Records, reporters from the Omaha World-Herald, the staff of Jackson Street Booksellers, and Omaha-based recording artists The Faint.