ABOUT: Named as one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" and “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” (Twice!) by MovieMaker Magazine and "Top Regional Festival" in Chris Gore's 'The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide', deadCenter screens over 100 films, hosts mind-blowing special events, provides a window into independent film with our professional panel series- featuring luminaries such as Carol Littleton, Bob Berney, Elvis Mitchell, Lloyd Kaufman, 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.

Rules & Terms

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

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 8-11, 2017 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 12, 2017. 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.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: All Films must be available for the festival exhibition on DCP. Blurays are accepted as back-ups.

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

STUDENT FILMS: Students must include 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, 2017 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 an 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.

7 Reviews

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    Yousef Kazemi

    I cannot say enough good things about this festival! Super professionally run/organized and the quality of the programming is outstanding. One of the best festival experiences I have enjoyed. Submit, submit, submit!

    November 2016
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    Zachary Davis

    One of the best festivals you will attend!

    July 2016
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    Trevor Zhou

    The deadCenter film festival has been the best film festival I've had the pleasure of attending! They made me feel at home and made the filmmakers feel like rockstars! ***Bonus - free drinks for filmmakers at the events! Thanks to Kim, Sara, Lance and everyone else that made my experience in OKC one to remember!

    June 2016
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    Kelly Walker

    I really enjoyed the festival! Great shorts programming, incredibly welcoming community, and wonderful people. My only wish would be for more screenings - only two showings of each project meant I missed a lot I wanted to see.

    June 2016
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    Tanner Herriott

    I'd consider deadCenter as my home festival. I'm based in OKC, had four of my films screened over the years, and only missed attending one year since 2006. The organizers are insanely kind, the parties and networking opportunities are great, and the films they screen are fantastic. Crazy glad to be part of the deadCenter Film Festival.

    June 2016