2019 White Light City
Film Festival

November 1-3, 2019
Fremont, Nebraska

About The White Light City Film Festival

The White Light City Film Festival is an annual event produced by The Digg Site Productions, a Nebraska 501c3 nonprofit organization, and is supported by our generous sponsors and donors. The White Light City Film Festival is a celebration of the power of cinema and the Nebraska filmmakers who pursue their dreams. The festival focuses on meaningful films that inform, uplift the spirit, inspire creativity, and raise awareness.


History of the Festival Name

Upon returning to Fremont, Ray Simmons, supported by the owners of historic homes along Nye, Broad and Military Streets, began placing white lights in the windows of their residences. The lights could also be seen along the historic downtown Main Street.

The unification of the residents and the beauty of the lights all resulted in then Mayor Skip Edwards recognizing the uniqueness and taking the opportunity to acknowledge Ray Simmons for his contribution to this tradition by dedicating Fremont as The White Light City.

The Digg Site Productions Board of Directors loved the story and the custom it represents, and by naming the Film Festival after The White Light City, hopes to reinstate the tradition by showing our support and engaging the community in this festive concept.

To show your support of this tradition, please put white candles in the windows of your home and business. Luminaries are also a wonderful Christmas tradition among our Latino residents and are a welcome addition to this 20-year Fremont tradition.

Our commUNITY has a bright future. Welcome to FREMONT, THE WHITE LIGHT CITY.

Join Us In Honoring Marianne Simmons

Please join us this year as we honor Marianne Simmons with a tribute to her late husband, Ray, for the work they have both done throughout the years for our community, and for getting many cherished buildings in Fremont listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their dedication and love for Fremont and its residents has made The White Light City a name we will never forget.
We will celebrate Marianne and Ray with a dedication and presentation on Friday, October 5th, during The White Light City Film Festival Kickoff Party (7-9pm at Milady Coffeehouse), and again on Sunday, October 7th, with a ceremonial flipping of the switch for “Lights On” in Historic Downtown Fremont (7:30pm at Milady Coffeehouse.)

We Love Our Sponsors & Donors!

The White Light City Film Festival would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and donors.
We are grateful beyond measure for their support!

Platinum Sponsors

Thom & Barbara Christensen

Dale & Fern Olson

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Steve & Patti

Dave & Cynthia

Jane & Bill


Vince & Kerstin

Ramona & Randy



Participating & Individual Sponsors

Bill & Nancy

Stacy & Ken



Dana & Joel


Carol & Tom


Accepting 2019 Film Submissions

The White Light City Film Festival (WLCFF) is a unique film festival held in Fremont, Nebraska that celebrates film professionals as well as filmmakers and films connected to Nebraska. Our focus is on supporting and contributing to a growing film industry and culture of filmmaking in Nebraska.

Last year's White Light City Film Festival received nearly 50 submissions from filmmakers in 13 countries. The talent and passion for storytelling that all of these filmmakers exhibited is impressive and inspiring! We invite you to submit your film today for the 2019 White Light City Film Festival!