deadCenter Film Festival now officially in pipeline to Academy Awards

deadCenter Film Festival now officially in pipeline to Academy Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) — In a yr of firsts, the Oklahoma Metropolis’s deadCenter Movie Pageant is now an official a part of the pageant route for filmmakers to the ACADEMY AWARDS®.

The nonprofit deadCenter Movie, the organizer of the 21-year-old pageant, lately introduced the Academy’s selection.

It’s one more first in a yr of firsts.

The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences designated deadCenter as a qualifying pageant in Animated Quick Movie/Dwell Motion Quick Movie classes.

Starting with the 2022 deadCenter Movie Pageant, award winners in these two classes will now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Quick Movies competitors.

Alyx Picard Davis sits within the screening room of the Paramount Constructing on Movie Row the place the deadCenter places of work are situated. March 2019. (Brett Dickerson/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Alyx Picard Davis, government director of deadCenter Movie stated that they had been “over the moon excited” to obtain the designation particularly since they only accomplished the second yr of efficiently operating the pageant in the course of the time of COVID.

Throughout 2020, deadCenter held all the pageant nearly which had its upsides. Many individuals abroad had been capable of view the pageant movies, which was a primary and people abroad numbers continued into this yr.

This summer time, the pageant was a hybrid of digital and restricted in-person occasions.

To study extra: It’s here! 2021 deadCenter Film Festival is in-person, online, virtual

“Not solely does it converse to deadCenter’s constant high quality of programming,” stated Davis. “[But,]this chance continues to bolster the efforts and passions of all the Oklahoma movie neighborhood and ensures one heck of a celebration in our twenty second yr!”

It’s a massive step up in status for deadCenter which began in a single room with one 16mm projector on the Fairgrounds 20 years in the past.

With this new designation, alternatives multiply for filmmakers who’re making an attempt to step up within the business.

Movie business arrives

This comes at a time when the movie business is taking off in Oklahoma.

Martin Scorsese’s $200 million film adaptation of “Killers of the Flower Moon” is being filmed close to Pawhuska this summer time.

And, Prairie Surf Media has efficiently transformed the big clearspan open areas of the outdated Cox Conference Middle downtown into soundstages a lot bigger than most studios exterior of Hollywood.

Filmmaker (and former dC Govt Director) Lance McDaniel advised Free Press at opening night time this summer time that the big Prairie Surf studios present all kinds of alternatives due to the area.

“I can construct a complete home within a kind of soundstages if I must,” stated McDaniel.

2021 a giant yr

After the pageant, deadCenter launched key details about participation and new partnerships.

“We’re proud to have engaged new audiences by inventive native partnerships with the Cherokee Nation Movie Workplace and the inaugural Finest Indigenous Quick award,” stated Davis.

“We provided a stellar slate of queer movies and joined our buddies at OKC Delight Alliance, and hosted a stay, raucous awards present and all-day celebration at Social Capital.”

The Awards Present is produced nearly whereas followers, filmmakers, and dC workers mingle in Social Capitol and watch on the displays. 2021. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

Viewership statistics

  • Furthest international locations with viewers was Australia and Japan
  • 20 international locations representing 36 area and 64 distinct cities
  • 41 states
  • Variety of attendees complete: 22,500


  • Inaugural Indigenous Movie Award: Totsu (Redbird), directed by Jeremy Charles
  • Laron Chapman named Curator of Queer Programming
  • New out of doors venues: Washington Park and Wheeler Park
  • New celebration venues: soundstage at Prairie Surf and Kindred Spirits
  • Public award present at Social Capital
  • Delight Go

Native venues

Quick movie followers watch the deadCenter Movie Pageant’s Quick Movie 2 program Saturday, June 12, 2021. (BRETT DICKERSON/Okla Metropolis Free Press)

“Because of native impartial theaters like Rodeo Cinema, the Oklahoma Metropolis Museum of Artwork, and Tower Theatre, we had been capable of safely return audiences to the massive display,” stated Sara Thompson, director of programming at deadCenter Movie.

“Outside screenings within the Wheeler district and Washington Park had been so enjoyable – we’re completely satisfied to start our return to the in-person deadCenter that our neighborhood is aware of and loves!”

Dates for the twenty second Annual deadCenter Movie Pageant will probably be introduced within the fall.

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Final Up to date July 24, 2021, 8:33 PM by Brett Dickerson – Editor

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