TromaDance Detroit is committed to creating and operating a film/art festival that is for the people and by the people. All people, regardless of budget, can submit a film and attend the event. This year we do offer an option to pay us a dollar for your submission. It's only an option though. If you don't care to or can't afford a dollar then there's a completely free option. Just click the one labeled "Free" or "Regular" depending on your choice. Either way, all films will be considered equally. If you choose the dollar option, one hundred percent of your dollar (after FilmFreeway takes out their fees) goes toward helping pay for the actual event.

TromaDance is a film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike most other film festivals, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art - in all its forms - is for the people!

TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.

Everyone at TromaDance is treated as an equal. The elite and the celebrated are treated no better or worse than the experimental filmmaker or the random moviegoer off the street. Admittance to all screenings, panels, parties, and events is strictly on a first come, first served basis. If there are any VIPs at TromaDance, they are the filmmakers whose blood, sweat, and hard work are on the screen.

TromaDance is an opportunity for everyone who's ever picked up a camera to have their work seen without the compromises required by elitist cartel interference. TromaDance is proud to be the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people.

TromaDance Detroit continues this tradition and expands on the possibility of a free and independent festival for the people! TromaDance Detroit features not only independent films, but we've expanded the festival to include art in all of its forms. Music, performance art, and more!

All selected filmmakers who attend the event will receive a hug.

No rules or terms for entry. Just send us your film with no limitations. Only a small number will be selected but every submission will be considered.

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  • A cool and fun film festival with a lot of diverse movie screenings!

    July 2018
  • Felipe M. Guerra

    Unfortunately I couldn't be there, but looks like a festival held by fans and to fans, as all festivals should be. I hope someday I'll be able to be at TromaDance in person.

    July 2018
  • This was my first film festival, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Although I mostly kept to myself, everyone was nice and I had a blast. The venue was cozy, the event organizers were friendly and helpful, and I would consider going again even if my future projects aren't selected.

    June 2018
  • Robin Stam

    I wish I lived closer to Detroit so I could attend the festival. I love the concept of the festival and the history behind it (protest against commercial festivals like Sundance). This shows true love for filmmaking and it makes me proud that my animated music video "From Pong to Doom" was selected.

    June 2018
  • Mehdi Karimian shahzadeh aliakbari

    so good . so thanks as you..

    June 2018