The Oklahoma Film + Music Office Hosts Virtual Film School at 20th Annual deadCenter Film Festival

The Oklahoma Film and Music Office (OF+MO) is proud to be a returning sponsor of the 20th annual deadCenter Film Festival, which will be held virtually June 11-21, 2020, with most films and events streamed through the organization’s website and select social media platforms.

deadCenter annually promotes, encourages and celebrates independent films with both the organization’s annual film festival, as well as their year-round educational outreach via the deadCenter Institute. Smithsonian Magazine recently named deadCenter Film Festival one of eight film festivals worth virtually attending this year.

The decision to virtually host the event in response to the current health and safety regulations surrounding COVID-19 marks a first for deadCenter, and in doing so, has allowed the festival to boast its longest run and largest number of films ever with over 140 films, cast reunions, film classes, panels and special events taking place over the event’s two-week run. Thirty of the festival’s selected films were made in Oklahoma or produced by Oklahomans, including the world premiere of two features, “Birdie” and “Breaking Them Up”, both of which used the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO.

As part of the sponsorship of the festival, OF+MO will host the deadCenter’s Filmmaker Distribution Forum and multiple industry panels, as well as the festival branded “OF+MO Film School”, a two-day series of virtual film education courses. “OF+MO Film School” will provide introductory classes on a number of film topics, including virtual auditioning for actors, screenwriting, stop motion and CGI animation, location scouting, hair and makeup, costuming, set etiquette, post-production and art department design. Each hour-long class will feature a live Q+A session during the last fifteen minutes of broadcast. “OF+MO Film School” classes will be free and open to the public who may access them via deadCenter’s Facebook and Vimeo platforms, as well as OF+MO’s Facebook page.

Friday, June 12

  • 10:30 a.m. –  Screenwriting
  • 11:30 a.m. – Intro to Production
  • 12:30 p.m. – Stop Motion Animation
  • 1:30 p.m. – CGI Animation
  • 2:30 p.m. – Virtual Auditions
  • 3:30 p.m. – Location Scouting

Saturday, June 13

  • 10:30 a.m. – Costuming
  • 11:30 a.m. – Post-Production
  • 12:30 p.m. – Vanities (Hair + Makeup)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Set Etiquette
  • 2:30 p.m. – Producing Films in Oklahoma
  • 3:30 p.m. – Intro to the Art Department

“The Oklahoma Film + Music Office has been deadCenter’s most strategic partner for the past 20 years,” according to deadCenter Film’s Executive Director Lance McDaniel. “This year, they are offering an awesome slate of free film classes and panels to help educate filmmakers of every experience level and grow the Oklahoma film industry.”

“We’re incredibly proud of the trailblazing efforts of the entire deadCenter team to bring this event to fruition this year,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We look forward to stepping into the virtual realm with deadCenter, and we hope audiences benefit from learning more about the numerous ways to work within Oklahoma’s film industry from some of our state’s most respected film professionals.”

For a complete schedule of screenings and events as well as information on purchasing all-access passes, visit deadcenterfilm.org.

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About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.orglink.

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