The deadCenter Film Festival has selected 106 films to be screened at the 16th annual festival, scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at five locations in downtown Oklahoma City.
More than 1,200 films were submitted for the 2016 festival, creating the most competitive field in the festival’s 16-year history.
“We were blown away by the quality of films submitted to the festival this year,” said Kim Haywood, director of programming for deadCenter. “Our international reputation has greatly increased the number of submissions. And, Oklahoma filmmakers continue to create outstanding, unique stories that can compete on a national stage.”
Of the 106 films selected for the festival, 22 are feature-length and 84 are short films. Twenty-three of the films were made in Oklahoma and six debuted at Sundance Film Festival.
Feature films with an Okie connection include: “District Up!,” a documentary about the rise of Oklahoma City’s cultural districts directed by Dennis Spielman from Norman; “Electric Nostalgia,” a sci-fi thriller from Oklahoma City-based writer/director Jacob Burns; “Great Plains,” a narrative feature directed by Blair Hayes and shot throughout Oklahoma that explores domestic violence issues; “Heartland,” the story of a heartbroken Oklahoma artist directed by Maura Anderson, which won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature Drama at Cinequest Film Festival; and “O, Brother!” a comedy directed by deadCenter Artistic Director Lance McDaniel, shot in Oklahoma City and featuring local comic Spencer Hicks.
DCFF is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. More than 30,000 people attended deadCENTER Film Festival screenings in 2015, generating an economic impact of approximately $4.25 million for Oklahoma City.
All Access passes are available online for $150, and gains the holder priority admission to every film, party, panel and special event. Individual tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door prior to each screening. Admission priority is given to pass holders.
DCFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, providing year-round events to support its mission to promote, encourage and celebrate the independent film arts. Learn more about deadCENTER Film Festival at www.deadcenterfilm.org.
Oklahoma Film Selections:
667, Neighbor of the Beast
Bunee: The Boy from Constanta
Even in Death
Heroes of the Realm
The Party of Special Things to do
The Superlative Light
Yes, We’re Open