OFF Academy
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OFF Academy

3/8/2018 to 3/9/2018
When: March 8th & 9th
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: The Funny Bone Comedy Club - Village Pointe Shopping Center
17305 Davenport St
Suite 201
Omaha, NE  68118
Contact: Elizabeth Zellner, OFF Academy Coordinator

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What is OFF Academy?
OFF Academy is a two-day filmmaking seminar for 8th-12th grade students that delves into numerous aspects of the filmmaking process – from producing and directing to screenwriting. Each morning is comprised of 90-minute breakout sessions and offer in-depth, hands-on education with each student choosing their own class to attend.. Our afternoon session is classroom style and offers open discussion and group work amongst the students.. Each session is taught by an expert in that area of filmmaking and uses multimedia to enhance the learning process. Students may choose from four different sessions offered and benefit from the constructive discussion and collaboration that comes from being seated at tables of four-to-five people. Teachers are encouraged to attend and participate in OFF Academy with their students as well. We encourage them to connect with other educators in attendance to further collaboration between schools.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for participants. The lunch hour is a "lunch and learn" where each group is paired with a visiting screenwriter or filmmaker to eat and further discuss topics the students are interested in exploring.  In addition to the Academy, students may use their Academy badge to attend the six-day Omaha Film Festival and view narrative features, documentaries and short films. Here, students have further access to filmmakers and can interact with them during Q&A's directly after each film’s completion. During the weekend, students may attend the OFF Filmmaking Conference Panels and the Writers Theatre where screenplay finalists are performed for a live audience.


For seminar schedule, see website for details:

What do the students receive?

  • Two day filmmaking seminar with area production experts and nationally recognized industry talent
  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • “All Access” badge with complete access to the six day Omaha Film Festival film screenings, Filmmakers Conference and Writers Theater
  • OFF t-shirt


Cost and Scholarships

Thanks to the generous donations from several local organizations, we are able to offer partial scholarships to ALL students lowering the $150 price to $50. Full scholarships may be available for students in need and are are awarded on a first come first serve basis. For more information on scholarships please contact us.

For more information:
Elizabeth Zellner, OFF Academy Coordinator