Through film, discussion, and other media to engage a large and diverse audience in the critical issues of our time.

The Oneota Film Festival is created by a dedicated group that includes representatives of host Luther College, the Decorah Public Library and local film enthusiasts who have formed a non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of producing the Festival.

Nancy Sojka (Board President), Erika Kambs (Festival Director) and Kristin Torresdal (Film Curator)

Nancy Sojka (Board President), Erika Kambs (Festival Director) and Kristin Torresdal (Film Curator)

The Oneota Film Festival Board consists of

  • Nancy Sojka, President & Advertising
  • John Hall- Vice President & Publicity
  • Kristin Torresdal, Treasurer,  & Content Committee Chair
  • Deborah Bishop, Secretary & Historian
  • Larry Grimstad, Membership
  • Andrew Hageman, Submissions, Submissions Juror
  • Rob Larson, Luther College Liason

The Festival Staff and Volunteers consist of:

  • Erika Kambs, Director
  • Niki Mosier, Website
  • Deb Paulson, Program
  • Emily Kurash, Panel Coordinator
  • Dan Bellrichard, Luther College Coordinator
  • Kyrl Henderson, Graphic Design, Marketing

The Board of Directors of the Oneota Film Festival has announced staff and board changes as well as the dates for the 2014 Festival.

The Oneota Film Festival (OFF), now in its fifth season, will be held Friday, February 28, and Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2.

We are aligning the film festival with Ethnic Arts Festival at Luther. The schedule will allow audiences from both events to attend portions of each festival. OFF will collaborate with the EAF for film titles of interest to both audiences.

Nancy Sojka, retired art/technology educator in the North Winneshiek School District, takes the reins as president of the board of directors replacing Kyrl Henderson. Erika Kambs, Luther graduate and former staff member of the Luther College Sustainability Office, will be director of the 2014 festival.

New OFF director Erika Kambs, who graduated from Luther with majors in Spanish and philosophy, has worked in Decorah since she graduated in 2008. Kambs brings a solid knowledge of documentary films as well as a 9-year acquaintance with the greater Decorah community. Her work history includes stints at AmeriCorps and Northeast Montessori School before joining the staff at Luther College.

Many individuals are participating with great enthusiasm, and numerous community individuals and businesses are supporting the festival with their hours, as sponsors, and with their financial resources. Volunteer HERE.

Thanks to the Driftless Arts Collective (D’Art Co.) for acting as fiscal agent for the Festival so that all contributions are tax deductible, and to all of our sponsors.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who is participating to make our fourth year a success. This festival would not exist without your kind and generous support.