World Premiere of SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE to screen at PLFF2015!

The Prairie Lights Film Festival is excited to announce the world premiere of the Nebraska horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE for this year’s Prairie Lights Film Festival!

shiversSHIVERS is constituted of ten short films that have been shot over the course of the past 4 years, beginning in 2011. Over 50 Nebraska writers, directors, musicians, FX artists, actors, and crew members participated in the creation of the films, which run the gamut from horror comedy to film noir to retro 80’s period pieces.

ACHSThe story centers around a lonely man who finds a beautiful genie and wishes for her to tell him a group of scary stories. Included in the anthology is A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, shot last winter at The Grand Theatre itself! We are proud to bring a film featuring dozens of talented Nebraska filmmakers to the big screen, but to also showcase a short film created in Grand Island, Nebraska.

There will also be a Q&A session with the filmmakers, writers, and actors who were involved in the creation of the anthology project! You can Pre-Order a weekend pass to see SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE and a ton of other soon to be announced films right now for the low price of $10.00! You’ll get access to all three days of the festival, discounts at local restaurants, free popcorn and soda vouchers, and more! Check the tickets page to Pre-Order you pass to Prairie Lights 2015!



The Third Annual Prairie Lights Film Festival 2015 returns October 16, 17, and 18!


We’re pleased to announce that the Third Annual Prairie Lights Film Festival will be held October 16, 17, and 18 at the historic Grand Theatre in Grand Island!

We’ll once again be showcasing a diverse selection of Nebraska films and Nebraska filmmakers right smack dab in the middle of the state!

1461478_10200703378858743_1092131814_nWe’re also pleased to announce that Nebraska writer/director Joshua Weixelman will be Master of Ceremonies this year! Josh has extensive knowledge of, and has worked on, many local film productions and brings a wealth of insight and expertise to the role. We’re happy to have him host this year’s event!

Please check back over the coming weeks as we make Guest and Film announcements. You can also follow us on Facebook. And filmmakers, enter now!

Prairie Lights 2014, that’s a wrap!


On behalf of everyone at the Grand Theatre and all the great Nebraska filmmakers, we want to say “Thank You” to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Prairie Lights Film Festival!

Be sure to like the Facebook page to find photos and news articles about this year’s festival and if you attended the festival this year, please take a minute to fill out this survey on your experience.

Once again, thank you to everyone who attended and we’ll see you again next year!

Prairie Lights Badges are in! Order Your Weekend Passes now!

prairielightspassWeekend badges for the 2nd Annual Prairie Lights Film Festival are in! All badges come with the following:

  • Free popcorn vouchers
  • Free soda vouchers
  • Discounts at Bonzai Pizza, Sin City Grill, and The Chocolate Bar
  • Entrance to all 36 films over the course of 3 days!
  • Entrance to all filmmaker Q&A discussions
  • All for the low price of $10!

Be sure to pre-order a 3 Day Weekend Pass right here and be sure to check out Boarders hotel if you need a discounted room for the weekend!

Official Schedule and Lineup for the 2014 Prairie Lights Film Festival!


Here it is, folks! The official schedule and lineup for the 2014 Prairie Lights Film Festival!

We will be screening over 35 films during the course of the 3 day film festival event. Dozens of short films and 10 feature length films, including Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA and ABOUT SCHMIDT!

We also have a plethora of awesome guest filmmakers who will be performing Q&A’s of their films which you can find right here.

On top of that, we have multiple World Premiere’s including A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY (shot at the Grand Theatre), REMISSION, COULROPHOBIA, and IMMORTAL DARKNESS.

The film festival will also include a number of performances by local band Mindless Machines, a music video block, and a number of Filmmaker mixers at local eateries Sin City Grill and The Chocolate Bar.

Weekend passes are on sale for $10 right now! All passes are good for every movie during the 3 day event. Additionally, you get free popcorn, free soda, and food discounts at Bonzai, Sin City Grill, and The Chocolate Bar throughout the course of the weekend.

Out of town visitors can secure discount hotel rooms at Boarders!

So get your passes, and join us for the Red Carpet opening ceremony beginning at 6pm, Friday, September 12th!

Aaron Gum’s BENT OVER NEAL to screen at the PLFF!

bentovernealThe PLFF is super excited to announce a screening of the feature length film BENT OVER NEAL! Here’s the synopsis

Bent Over Neal is a dramedy, filmed entirely in Omaha and Council Bluffs, about shlub Neal, whose father passing has sent him into a midlife crises that puts his best friend and brother-in-law, Rob, in an awkward position. The results are unexpected and life changing for Neal and his family.


BENT OVER NEAL will be the lead in to Alexander Payne’s ABOUT SCHMIDT and will screen Sunday, September 14th at 2:30pm. Be sure to get your $10 weekend passes to secure a viewing of this great indie film!


Dan Iske’s HUNTED and ANDROID BRIDE to screen at the PLFF!

droid1The Prairie Lights Film Festival is proud to welcome back Omaha filmmaker Dan Iske of The Dead Hour for a screening of two new episodes of his fantastic webseries: HUNTED and ANDROID BRIDE.

ANDROID BRIDE is a horrific love story while HUNTED centers around a group of eager young workers looking to climb the corporate ladder only to get sucked into a game for their lives.


Come see both fantastic entries on the big screen at the historic Grand Theatre during the Saturday night Thriller Short Film Block! And order your $10 weekend passes right now!