Oklahoma City's deadCENTER Film

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In Short:

There are few other entities in the state embracing the independent film spirit like deadCENTER Film in Oklahoma City. Its name referring to Oklahoma City's unique status as the center of the United States, deadCENTER was founded in 2001.

Along with the increasingly popular annual deadCENTER Film Festival, the organization has a filmFACTION membership program, presents short films each month and works in conjunction with the OKC Museum of Art in presenting feature length films as well.


The membership program for deadCENTER film is called filmFACTION. It costs $125 and offers a number of benefits including a pair of complimentary tickets to special screenings at the OKC Museum of Art and the "Oklahoma Film Series" at Harkins Bricktown Theater, shortsSUITE screenings (see below), festival pass discounts and more.

Get details on becoming a filmFACTION member by calling (405) 246-9233.

deadCENTER Film Festival:

2001 marked the first year of the deadCENTER Film Festival, and the event has grown in popularity. It was named one of the Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by "MovieMaker" magazine. Featuring over 100 independent films from around the globe, the festival is designed to "inspire growth in the local film industry." Thousands of attendees enjoy narrative films, documentaries, animation and Oklahoma projects, and awards are presented in 9 categories (see below for previous year winners).

In addition to the showings, the festival features kid's activities, food, professional panel discussions and much more. See the official site for more information.

2017 Festival Details:

The 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival takes place from June 8-11. Showings are held at various venues around Oklahoma City including the OKC Museum of Art, IAO Gallery, the Downtown Library, the Devon Energy Center Auditorium, Harkins Bricktown Theater and outside at the Myriad Gardens.

There's an opening night party on June 8 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the Museum of Art rooftop, and the official opening night film is at 6 p.m.  With so many viewing options, it's a good idea to review the film schedule ahead of time, decide which ones aren't to be missed and map out your festival film plan.

All-Access festival passes are $150 and include all screenings, parties and events.  They are available for purchase online.  Individual film tickets are available 20 minutes before a screening, but pass-holders get first admission.

2016 Festival Winners:

The winners for the 2016 deadCENTER Film Festival are:

  • Narrative Feature: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople"
  • Documentary Feature: "TOWER"
  • Narrative Short: "Stutterer"
  • Documentary Short: "The Champion"
  • Special Jury Narrative Feature: "The Land"
  • Special Jury Documentary Film: "Life, Animated"
  • Student Film: "The Duke: Based on a Memoir "I'm the Duke" by JP Duke"
  • Oklahoma Film: "Electric Nostalgia"
  • Oklahoma Short: "Even in Death"


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