What is deadCENTER?

deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the 20 “Coolest” festivals in the world according to MovieMaker magazine. For the past 14 years, we have featured thousands of films from around the world and all over the United States. From hilarious comedies and insightful documentaries to scary horror films and intense dramas, deadCENTER selects a broad slate of films each year to cater to our surprisingly diverse audience.

Our mission is to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. We accomplish this mission with a renowned festival each June, a year round education program and screenings throughout the year in partnerships with museums and various arts organizations.

And, because our festival is run by working filmmakers, we design our festival to cater to the needs and wants of all types of filmmakers, from first time student short directors to established veterans like Spike Jonze, who opened our festival in 2010, or Nick Cassavetes, who served as judge for our 2011 festival.

What’s up with that name?

The name “deadCENTER” refers to the geographic location of the festival – in Oklahoma City – the “dead center” of the United States. And because we’re downtown Oklahoma City, essentially we’re in the dead center of everything!


deadCENTER Film is a 501 (c) (3) non profit in the State of Oklahoma. Our festival and year round events are made possible by generous donations. Thank you for your time and dedication to promoting independent film arts in Oklahoma.

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