DECORAH-- The Sixth-Annual Oneota Film Festival is to be held March 6–8, 2015. Do you dig films? Then mark your calendar now for the sixth-annual Oneota Film Festival (OFF), set to feature a compelling array of notable and award-winning independent films March 6–8 on the Luther College campus in Decorah, Iowa. “Expect a fun, engaging event,” says Nancy Sojka, OFF board chair. “Filmmakers have begun submitting their work, and board members have begun negotiating screening rights for a range of independent full-length films and shorts exploring everything from adventure and environmental sustainability to the arts and culture.” According to Sojka, OFF board members have already selected a number of excellent films, including the award-winning short documentary Cave Digger and the acclaimed full-length documentary These Birds Walk. Cave Digger, nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, trails one man, Ra Paulette, as he shapes New Mexico’s sandstone into massive caves of art—with only his dog for company. These Birds Walk follows the struggles of young runaways in Pakistan—and the often heart-wrenching efforts of the humanitarians who care for them. You can see short summaries and find links to the trailers to all the selected films on the Selected Films page on the OFF website.
Since its 2010 inception, OFF has brought together hundreds of film enthusiasts in this scenic corner of Northeast Iowa to enjoy award-winning films, converse with filmmakers, and celebrate film as a way to engage and explore some of the most critical issues facing our communities. As have past festivals, the 2015 festival will coincide with the Luther College Ethnic Arts Festival, to be held Saturday, March 7.
“Once again, all film festival events will be free of charge,” says Sojka. “That’s why the support of sponsors, members, and volunteers is absolutely critical.” All funding from sponsorships, memberships, and donations directly supports the programming, workshops, and special events that have made the festival into a destination experience each winter. Sponsorship levels range from $200 to $1,500 and offer exposure to hundreds of film-lovers and filmmakers as well as underwriting opportunities for specific films. Memberships are available at three levels—$100 (director), $30 (gaffer), and $10 (key grip, students only)—and include special invitations to festival and year-round community events. And volunteer opportunities abound, both before and during the 2015 event. “Whether sponsors, members, or volunteers, our supporters truly are the heart and soul of the festival,” says Sojka. “They make it possible to continue to both hold and grow this annual community event.” Visit the Oneota Film Festival website to learn more about the festival, its 2015 lineup, and the many ways you can support it.