ABOUT: Named as one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" and “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, deadCenter screens over 100 films, hosts legendary special events, provides one-one-one opportunities between filmmakers and distribution professionals, and provides a window into independent film with our Icon panel series- featuring luminaries such as Carol Littleton, Judd Nelson, Bob Berney, Elvis Mitchell, and two time Oscar winner Albert S. Ruddy.

WHY deadCenter: deadCenter is run by working filmmakers. We know how difficult and overwhelming the distribution process can be. Since its inception in 2012, our Distribution Forum has served to ease that process. deadCenter invites sales agents and distributors from across the country to meet with every accepted dCFF filmmaker attending the festival. Whether you have a feature with tons of celebrities or a short film you made in high school, this is your chance to bend the ear of a distribution professional and find out how it all works.

The festival's energy attracts filmmakers and film enthusiasts from across the world. With enhanced national visibility and our knack for making every attendee a VIP, deadCenter makes its mark in the deadCenter of country.

FEE WAIVERS: deadCenter Film Festival is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and therefore we are unable to offer fee waivers under any circumstance.

ELIGIBILITY: Films that have been previously screened publicly in theaters in the US, aired on US television, or are available online for viewing in their entirety (as part of a distribution plan, including publicly accessible YouTube and Vimeo links) prior to or during the festival June 7-10, 2018 are NOT eligible to screen. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SCREENINGS AT FILM FESTIVALS PRIOR TO deadCenter.

OKLAHOMA PREMIERE STATUS: Any film entered into the Oklahoma Film Category may not screen publicly in the OKC metro area prior to June 11, 2018. Cast and crew screenings are acceptable as long as they are not open to the public or have an extended guest list far beyond that of the cast and crew. **While storytelling is king, we also prioritize Oklahoma premieres.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: All feature films must be available for the festival exhibition on DCP. Blurays are accepted as feature back-ups. Files will be requested for short films so that shorts programs can be put on DCP (the festival creates the DCP). VR films will be asked to upload files to our festival Dropbox.

LANGUAGE: Films produced in languages other than English must have English sub-titles.

STUDENT FILMS: Students MUST provide proof of student status (copy of student ID) at the time of production.

ROUGH CUTS: Rough cuts are accepted for entry. Rough cut submissions must indicate the intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry. If accepted, films must be completed by May 1, 2018, in order to be screened.

MARKETING: Your entry authorizes deadCenter Film Festival to use clips of your film for marketing and promotional purposes on television, online, in advertising, news and/or other media. Short films may be included on a compilation DVD screened as part of our statewide education and promotion program around Oklahoma.

ADDITIONAL TERMS OF ENTRY: Entry confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use ALL music, images, and content in the entry. This means that when you submit your film, you are guaranteeing that you have the permission to submit. And, by submitting, you guarantee that all of the music and image rights have been secured.

LOSS AND DAMAGES: The deadCenter Film Festival will take all possible care in the handling of entries. The Festival cannot be responsible for damage or loss to films or files while in our possession or in transit.

THE FINE PRINT: By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film to the deadCenter Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true.

This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever.

I fully indemnify and hold deadCenter Film Festival and its partners harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from deadCenter Film Festival or during the course of festival possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with this film.

If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by deadCenter Film Festival and pay any award of damages that may ensue.

I also agree to reimburse deadCenter Film Festival for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim.

I understand that deadCenter Film Festival reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate competition category.

By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.

Overall Rating
  • This is the absolute most wonderful festival. Every screening was packed, the films were FANTASTIC, there were loads of parties and filmmakers there. Could not have had a more positive experience. If you are accepted to this festival...GO! It is absolutely worth it to be at this one in person. Cannot speak highly enough about it!

    June 2018
  • Eric McEver

    As an Oklahoma City native, I'd long admired this festival from the audience side. When I finally took part as a filmmaker, though, I was blown away by the quality of the experience. The organization, hospitality, diversity of films and panels, and networking rank up with the best festivals I've been to. My only complaint would be that I frequently had to make difficult schedule decisions because of the many overlapping films and events. But conversely, one can chalk this up to an "embarrassment of riches." Great experience.

    June 2018
  • Mary Beth Minnis

    Lance, Sara, and the entire team at the deadCenter Film Festival ensured our film team and our film had an outstanding experience at the 2018 festival. I highly recommend submitting and attending deadCenter. They have professional standards and create an excellent environment for filmmakers.

    June 2018
  • Christopher Piazza

    This is the best film festival that I've been to in my run over the last two years. The staff and volunteers were all super friendly and helpful. The networking opportunities were great. The parties were all super fun. And, most importantly, the quality of the programming was extremely high and the screenings were consistently full. I will be highly recommending deadCenter to all of my filmmaker collegues who are on the festival circuit.

    June 2018
  • Clarissa Jacobson

    The one word that comes to mind for deadCenter is CLASSY. I couldn’t believe when they picked me up from the airport, helped me get my pass, and dropped me off at the hotel (their partner hotel is 21c Museum - what a gorgeous place). Talk about hospitality! Throughout the week I was consistently impressed by how well the fest was run, how well they treated filmmakers and how great the free catered parties were. In addition, the filmmaker distribution panel was really helpful and the after awards night party at the botanical gardens was a personal favorite - it was beautifully catered, organized and well done - dancing, free booze and great conversation. The whole thing was just classy. Lastly volunteers and staff and Okies themselves made us feel so welcome. Awesome fest!

    June 2018