The Oneota Film Festival: Stories that connect us

The 14th Annual Oneota Film Festival will be held Feb. 29-March 3 in downtown Decorah. 

The weekend will provide many opportunities to make connections with filmmakers, friends and other members of the Decorah community and beyond at the many special events, filmmaker Q&A discussions and film screenings. This year, the OFF board has selected over 45 new independent films including documentaries, dramas, family-friendly animated and short films and student films.

Festival attendees and filmmakers will have ample opportunity to make connections as the films will be shown in six locations in downtown Decorah. Films will be screened at Hotel Winneshiek, Driftless Yoga Center, T-Bocks Upstairs, Convergence CiderWorks, ArtHaus and the All Vet’s Club. Dozens of filmmakers will be screening their films and hosting Q&A discussions after, including students from local middle and high schools. Filmmakers will be honored at the Meet the Filmmakers Reception at T-Bocks Upstairs on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. 

Highlights of this year’s festival include the opening night film “Shift: The RAGBRAI Documentary” featuring northeast Iowa and Lansing; the OFF Social with Driftless Jazz at Impact Coffee on Friday night; “Labor of Love”, a film about the problems on the frontline childcare crisis followed by a panel with the directors and a local representative from Sunflower Childcare and Discovery Center; and “Greybeard: The Man, The Myth, The Mississippi”, a film about an 87-year-old man that kayaked the Mississippi River. 

The festival schedule and film descriptions are available at, and festival guides will be available soon at sponsor locations throughout Decorah. 

The Oneota Film Festival events are free and open to the public due to the generosity of business sponsors and individual supporters. 

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