2018 Film Festival

2018 Film Festival

Join us for the 7th biennial Vision Maker Film Festival
Lincoln, Nebraska - April 20-26, 2018

More films and events will be announced in February.

Festival Pass is just $25. 

“We Are All Related” is the theme of the seventh biennial Vision Maker Film Festival. The theme is a conceptual translation from the Lakota language—Mitakuye Oyasin—a commonly used expression indicating the Lakota’s relationships to each other and in the world.

Opening night is Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, featuring the film RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, which explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture in the United States.

Ticket prices for Opening Film: https://theross.org/movies/#tickets
* $9.50 Adults; $7.00 Students & Children; $7.50 Military & Seniors; $6.50 Members; $5.00 UNL Students

The Festival will feature two, hour-long episodes from Growing Native, a VMM documentary series that features Tribes in regions across the country that are reclaiming old ways for their health today. An episode hosted by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne-Arapaho) is set in the Pacific Northwest and the other is hosted by Moses Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota) features Oklahoma.

Working with filmmakers of color on all levels is a key focus of this weeklong event, from inspiring future filmmakers to polishing fine skills and knowledge of professional resources. Our partners in the National Minority Consortia (NMC) will each share their feature documentary films and bring filmmakers of color to Lincoln to work with emerging filmmakers.

Local Native youth will learn from professional documentary producers during workshops open to the public, April 21-23. Teachers, students and the public are encouraged to attend and learn about a variety of cultures. We are screening stories of social justice, hope and overcoming adversity throughout this powerful event. 

Each National Minority Consortia** member will screen a feature documentary and bring in the director for workshops that will be open to 15 fellows selected by each organization. The fellows will be part of an 18-month mentorship program with these five Master Filmmakers. This is part of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woods Charitable Fund.

The Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts will help with the programming, as well as representatives from Independent Television Service, PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Big Sky Film Festival and Working Films. Many of these workshops will be open to the public, April 21- 23. 

* Children are 12 and under.
 • Seniors are 60 and older
 • Students and Military must show a valid ID to receive discount
 • We accept cash, check, NCard, Visa, and Mastercard
 • Box Office Opens 30 Minutes Before Showtimes
 • Assistive listening headsets and closed caption devices available for select titles.• Check the individual film pages or inquire at the box office for details.

**NMC Members: The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), Vision Maker Media, Black Public Media (PBM), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

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Thank you to our sponsors. We appreciate your support for our seventh biennial film festival.





• Four New Films Now Available
• Five Documentaries on Special in January
• 'Rumble,' 'Growing Native' to be Featured at Festival
• Public Media Internship
• Open Call Deadline March 1
• Filmmaker Challenges - E&O Coverage
• 'Keep Talking' Earns First Place at AIFF
• 3 Streaming Services Feature VMM Films
• Filmmaker Opportunities
• Upcoming Film Screenings
• Find Us On the Road