Dead City is a film festival looking for films from middle-America with abandoned strip-malls, shuttered factories and forgotten about city centers.

Hosted in the historic Fairborn Phoenix in Fairborn Ohio, we pull together resources, talented people who love film, music and the arts to throw a very cool party. The theater as well as this festival is owned and operated by a filmmaker.

Reach out to contact@fairbornphoenix.com for any questions.

Grand Prize: Dead City Skull Trophy & Bottle of Whiskey **
Runner UP: Dead City 2nd Place Trophy & a beer *
Third Place : A Beer and a photo with our chicken Phoenix Mascot ***

*** Everyone gets a photo with the Chicken
**if you're under 21 you get a crockpot
*If you're under 21 you get a silly hat

From a "Dead" City.

Must be under 20 minutes


Be Cool*

*It's ok if you don't think you're cool, just be cool.

Overall Rating
  • Shalyn Grow

    Honored that "Me and My Shadow" was a Finalist for the first ever Dead City Film Fest! Love to see a festival that emphasizes small towns (or dead cities) and gives them the air time they deserve. A meaningful and worthwhile mission, very grateful to be included in the stellar lineup. Thank you Dead City!

    November 2023