Oklahoma is a state that is home to some of the most innovative and exciting film festivals in the world. From DeadCenter, the largest film festival in Oklahoma, to the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, to the Fly Film Festival, there are plenty of opportunities for film enthusiasts and industry professionals to explore the best of independent cinema. DeadCenter is the biggest film festival in Oklahoma, drawing more than 20,000 people every June. According to MovieMaker magazine, it is one of the “50 best festivals that deserve the registration fee” and also one of the “20 best film festivals in the world”.
The festival includes a series of events held over several days, culminating in the Will Rogers Days parade on the weekend. It offers a great opportunity to see new short films, documentaries, comedies, horror and monster movies and some of the best independent films from around the world and all over Oklahoma. The Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival is an annual six-day event that was created to celebrate the work of actors, directors, producers and other members of the independent film industry. Filmed in Tulsa, Body Electric is a feature-length documentary by former artistic director of the Lyric Theater in Oklahoma, Nick Demos, that evaluates visibility, dysmorphy, acceptance and empowerment in the queer community.
The Fly Film Festival is an annual event organized with the purpose of honoring the film industry and accelerating the creative spirit of young independent filmmakers. DeadCenter accomplishes this mission with a renowned festival every June, a year-round educational program, and year-round screenings in collaboration with museums and various arts organizations. The Tonkawa Film Commission and citizens of Tonkawa are proud to welcome filmmakers from around the world to screen their films at Wilkin Hall's beautiful 200-seat theater located on the university campus in Northern Oklahoma. The film festival chose their name BisonBison because they believe that independent filmmakers and students should be cherished and preserved like African wild animals.
Your support and donations help the festival attract more incredible filmmakers to Tonkawa as well as expand it for the community. In addition to theater shows, there is also a parade that goes through downtown Tonkawa. The Bison-Bison Film Festival is a small annual event organized to recognize and celebrate the work of film students by presenting their short films at Poncan Center. Oklahoma is home to some of the most exciting film festivals in the world. From DeadCenter to Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival to Fly Film Festival, there are plenty of opportunities for film enthusiasts and industry professionals to explore independent cinema. Whether you're looking for cutting-edge films made by independent filmmakers or just want to experience some of Oklahoma's best films from around the world, these festivals have something for everyone.