The Trail Dance Virtual Film Festival is the perfect opportunity for independent filmmakers to present their work to a supportive audience ... in a competitive environment which rewards creativity and excellence in a variety of industry specific pursuits.


TDVFF 2020 will be held April 3-4th, 2020 via a YouTube Live Steam. Don't miss this special event by the folks that started the event named twice as one of Movie Maker Magazine's Top 25 "Coolest" Film Festivals!

We're going digital in 2020. We're still going to give you the accolades, just not the gold. Winning films receive a Digital Golden Drover Award, official laurels, and their prize will be confirmed and registered.

All genres will be accepted for entry apart from Adult Oriented subject matter (pornography or films with strong sexual content). Trail Dance encourages filmmakers to submit Family Oriented and Western films, yet accepts and awards all genres including but not limited to Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Religion, Satire, Animation, Experimental, and Science Fiction (just to name a few).

Entry & Screening:
All entries must be submitted ONLINE for judging and a 1920x1080 MP4 must be provided for screening if selected. TRAIL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL DOES NOT ACCEPT PORNOGRAPHY or EXCESSIVE VULGARITY. Accepted entries will be requested to provide additional materials including Digital Poster, Filmmaker-Director Bio, Black & White or Color still, and a Cast/Credit information sheet. Trail Dance will contact applicants at various times regarding their film, thus an e-mail address is required. Screening dates, times and number of screenings is at the sole discretion of the festival programmer. ALL FILMS MUST HAVE BEEN PRODUCED FOR LESS THAN $5,500,000.00 USD. By digitally signing and submitting an entry, submitter expressly agrees to be bound by the terms of the official rules and regulations including but not limited to release of their submission. Additionally, submitter expressly states that he/she/they have the authority to waive any interest, right, or claim of any other party may have regarding their interest in the submission. Further, submitter expressly agrees to defend and hold the Association harmless from any claim arising out the Associations use or release of the submission.

Overall Rating
  • Marta Renzi

    It was bold of Trail Dance Film Festival to return from hiatus with a Virtual festival, and they pulled it off admirably. Interesting work, a mostly smooth presentation in an untried format - and even some welcome dialog on YouTube. Thank you for including THREE of my films, and for "going viral" so we didn't have to."

    April 2020
  • Trail Dance went above and beyond at a time when artistic content was needed more then ever. They are first class all the way. Veterans of a traditional festival that sadly ended, they channeled their love of cinema into this new outlet. Wonderfully done and curated! Great to be a small part of the lineup!

    April 2020