DeadCenter (deadCENTER) Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: DeadCenter (deadCENTER) Film Festival

SINCE: 2001

WHERE: Oklahoma City, OK, USA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The deadCenter Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Justan and Jayson Floyd, with a one-night screening of short films from Oklahoma filmmakers at City Arts (now Oklahoma Contemporary) on the State Fairgrounds. Because the event was taking place in the middle of the country, the state, and the calendar year, they settled on “deadCenter” and we’ve been fans ever since!

While we’re notoriously Oklahoma’s largest and most celebrated film festival, we’re also home to award-winning education initiatives and the future of storytelling through technology. We started in downtown OKC as a two-day film festival back in 2001, and 21 years later we’ve grown into a year-round nonprofit with statewide, national, and international engagement.

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deadCENTER Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates, Opens Call For Entries

deadCENTER Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates, Opens Call For Entries

The 16th deadCENTER Film Festival will take place Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12, 2016 in downtown Oklahoma City. Filmmakers may submit their films for review beginning on Monday, Aug. 10.  Films will be selected in the following categories: narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, student film and Oklahoma film. Submissions can be made online through submissions platform, FilmFreeway.  The early bird deadline is Oct. 31 and entry fees vary based on […]

BEING EVEL, WELCOME TO HAPPINESS Win Top Awards at 15th deadCENTER Film Festival

BEING EVEL, WELCOME TO HAPPINESS Win Top Awards at 15th deadCENTER Film Festival

A documentary about the complicated legacy of Evel Knievel and a metaphysical drama about a children’s book author won top honors at the 15th deadCENTER Film Festival, held June 10-14 in downtown Oklahoma City. “Being Evel,” (pictured above) by Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge was selected as Best Documentary Feature, and Best Narrative Feature was awarded to Director Oliver Thompson’s “Welcome to Happiness.” A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel – […]

2015 deadCENTER Film Festival to Open With ‘Best of Enemies’ and ‘Rolling Papers’

2015 deadCENTER Film Festival to Open With ‘Best of Enemies’ and ‘Rolling Papers’

For the first time in its 15-year history, 2015 deadCENTER Film Festival will roll-out two official Opening Night films: “Best of Enemies,” at 6 p.m. and “Rolling Papers” at 8:30 p.m.at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr. The 15th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. “Best of Enemies” is a feature documentary directed by Robert Gordon and […]

Oklahoma Film HOLLIS to Premiere at deadCENTER Film Festival

Oklahoma Film HOLLIS to Premiere at deadCENTER Film Festival

Filmed in rural Oklahoma, the feature film HOLLIS will premiere at Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER Film Festival taking place June 10 through 14, 2015 On Thursday, June 11, “Hollis” will be playing at Harkins Theater (150 East Reno Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104) at 7 p.m., with an encore showing Saturday, June 13 at noon. Individual tickets will go on sale 20 minutes before the showing. The film follows a young man, Darryl, who is forced to make the […]

100 Films Selected For 2015 deadCENTER Film Festival

100 Films Selected For 2015 deadCENTER Film Festival

Approximately 100 films have been selected for official screenings at the 15th Annual deadCENTER Film Festival to take place Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City. More than 1,000 films were submitted for the 2015 deadCENTER Film Festival, including comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films from Oklahoma and around the world. Click here to view the schedule “With well over 1,000 submissions, this was our most competitive year ever,” […]

‘Hellion’ and ‘Alive Inside’ take top honors at 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival

‘Hellion’ and ‘Alive Inside’ take top honors at 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival

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A portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas, and a heartwarming story about the healing power of music, have won top honors at the 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival, held June 11-15 in downtown Oklahoma City.

Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler, was selected as the Grand Jury Narrative Feature category winner, and Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” won top honors in the Grand Jury Documentary Feature category.

Other award-winners included: