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Oklahoma film festival round-up

June 30, 2013


June 30--deadCenter Film Festival

Uniquely named due to its geographic location, deadCenter Film Festival is Oklahoma's largest film festival and also one of the 20 "Coolest" festivals in the world, according to MovieMaker magazine. Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, deadCenter aims to promote and celebrate independent film arts. From humble beginnings in 2001, deadCenter now attracts filmmakers from across the globe. The festival, held annually in June, screens more than 100 independent films over a five-day period in various downtown indoor and outdoor venues.

Trail Dance Film Festival

The Trail Dance Film Festival is an open-genre independent film competition organized by the Southwest Association of Film. The festival, founded in 2006 in Duncan, introduces up-and-coming filmmakers from around the globe to Oklahoma's film industry and provides a forum to showcase films. The 2014 Trail Dance Film Festival is scheduled for Jan. 24-25.

Bare Bones International Film Festival

Bare Bones International Film Festival is an annual event that runs for 11 days at several venues in downtown Muskogee. The festival provides a platform from which to showcase low-budget independent movies locally, regionally and internationally. The festival features narrative and documentary features, short and student films, music videos, animation, TV pilots and more. The 15th annual Bare Bones International Film Festival is scheduled for April 3-13.

Oklahoma Dance Film Festival

The only festival of its kind in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is held annually in Tulsa in the fall. The event features dance documentaries, choreography for the camera and experimental short films that emphasize movement. The festival presents a diverse collection of acclaimed films from around the world, and many new works by local artists. The 2013 Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 4-12.

United Film Festival

The United Film Festival was established in Tulsa in 2002 and has now spread to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London. The festival's focus is to bring together filmmakers from diverse backgrounds thus creating a "united" showcase of creative energy and talent. Local and international independent films are showcased at the festivals throughout the year. The 2013 United Film Festival in Tulsa is scheduled for Oct. 11-14 and will take place at various venues throughout the city.

Rachael Cervenka,

Staff Writer


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