OKLAHOMA CITY - Organizers expect 30,000 movie lovers to flock to Oklahoma City later this week for a popular film festival.
"We have grown in prominence over the years and we started to get more national accolades. We were listed as one of the 20 coolest movie festivals in the world, which is great," said Lance McDaniel, executive director of deadCENTER Film Festival.
McDaniel says it's that recognition by MovieMaker Magazine that keeps the festival growing.
"The reason why that matters internationally is that people from Denmark read about us and want to come to Oklahoma," McDaniel said.
The festival, which is in its 15th year, has grown into an extremely competitive event.
Organizers say 1,100 people apply to have their movies shown during the festival, but only 100 are selected.
"So, you have a one in 11 shot of getting in, so it's much harder," he said.
In the future, organizers say they hope to open other film festivals to give film makers another outlet to showcase their work.
"Luckily, about a third of the movies we play are from Oklahoma because Oklahoma filmmakers are doing amazing work," he said.
Other movies that will be shown at deadCENTER are from Poland, Denmark, Mexico and Asia.
The festival opens on Thursday, June 11 and will run through Sunday.
All access passes are still available for $150 each.
If you can't buy a ticket, community movies are free and will be shown on the "Great Lawn at the Myriad Gardens each night at 9:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the festival's website.