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.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Live Action Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Special Jury Narrative Feature
Special Jury Documentary
Special Jury Short

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 6-9, 2019 are NOT eligible to screen except for Music Videos and Virtual Reality. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SCREENINGS AT FILM FESTIVALS PRIOR TO deadCenter.

OKLAHOMA PREMIERE STATUS: Any film entered outside of the student film categories (High School, College) must be an Oklahoma, US, or World Premiere. Any film entered may not screen publicly in Oklahoma prior to June 10, 2019. Cast and crew screenings are acceptable as long as they are not open to or advertised to the public.

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, 2019, 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
  • Annie O'Neil

    This festival is one of the best! If you are accepted, be sure to go. OKC is a great city to explore (be sure to see the memorial) and the people there could not be nicer. The audiences are enthusiastic and most films screen before packed houses. The volunteers and staff are wonderful. Go and have a great time!

    October 2018
  • Taylor Stanton

    Truly a great festival! I screened my short animation here ("The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley") this year. I was unable to attend which was a real bummer. From all of my communication with them, their team made our film feel so appreciated and supported. Thank you for having us and very much looking forward to submitting to them again in the future! :)

    October 2018
  • Thank you for selecting my film OLD BLOO. deadCenter really communicated well and I wish I could have attended.

    June 2018
  • Will Nordstrom

    Thank you deadCenter for selecting my film and giving me an award! One of the high quality festivals for young filmmakers.

    June 2018
  • 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