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The dates have been set for 2020: February 13-16. Filmmakers are welcome to begin submitting films for judging and selection for OFF 2020. 

If you have favorite independent films that you would like to suggest, send them to OFF at We select and invite some films for showing based on the recommendations of members of OFF. The film should be recently made and generally not available on most video platforms (or on TV or in movie theaters). We show both short and full-length features, narrative or documentary, about issues of interest to our audience. 

We love having filmmakers come to the Festival to take part in discussions about their films. The travel budget is small, but the welcome is large!

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Welcome to OFF 2020

Long-time Oneota Film Festival director Christy Ebert-Vrtis will be in Malta with her family and Luther students next February. Therefore, the Oneota Film Festival board has added Jack Meggers to the board as co-director to help produce OFF 2020. As a writer/director, Jack Meggers, an Iowa native, spent fifteen years in New York City and Los Angeles working in the film industry. And Meggers is familiar with OFF. His film Portrait : A Ballet Film in Four Movements was shown at the 2018 Festival. Meggers shadowed Ebert-Vrtis at the 2019 Festival to get a feel for the directorship. Meggers will focus on several aspects of the Festival as a member of the acting board this fall and winter. He will be the person in charge "on the ground" for membership events leading up to the festival and during the festival itself, February 13-16.


The first Membership event for the 2020 season will be on October 18 at 7pm at the Waukon Main Feature Theater & Pizza Pub, 38 W Main St, Waukon, IA. Appropriately, Jack Meggers’ short film The Burial will be screened with free admission. A question and answer session with Meggers will follow the screening of the film. Main Feature Theater and Pizza Pub offers a full menu and drinks to enjoy before and during the screening. 


The Burial was filmed on locations in Allamakee County and viewers will recognize characters and places. His fascination with the Iowa side of the Mississippi River valley, specifically the Driftless Area, dates back to when he was a child. He captures the beauty and majesty of this ancient landscape, and reveals the history that rests just under the earth.e

It's not too late to

All OFF Events are Free!

Some are open to members only!

Donations are welcome!


Mr. Rogers Look-alike Contest Winner

and OFF Volunteer Sally Gehrke 

OFF Lending Library

The OFF Member Film Lending Library is open and some of the films shown at OFF X are available! Here's what you need to know to access this unique member perk:

  • Films from the first OFF through the present

  • You may check out 3 films at a time, and keep them for up to two weeks

  • The OFF Lending Library is only available to current OFF Members (If you are not a member, join now for 2019)


Films are available at Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center at 119 Winnebago, Decorah, Iowa. The hours are 10am to 4pm M-F.


If you have questions contact Marilyn Rue at

Preview the Listing of Films

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