Participating filmmakers compete for Trail Dance's coveted Golden Drover Awards in an open-genre competition that draws talent from across North America. For two thrilling days, more than 100 truly independent films (with a budget cap of $5.5 million) will be screened, back-to-back-to-back, with some eye-opening Q&A sessions tossed in for good measure. Countless projects and big ideas have sprung from chance meetings at Trail Dance, and there's no telling what careers might blossom from this year's Old West fest. After all, Trail Dance's closing awards ceremony is broadcast online for the world to see.
Trail Dance has twice been named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "Coolest" film festivals on the circuit, and it's not hard for visitors to see why. Each year, a number of Trail Dance's Official Selections go on to secure distribution. Each film submitted receives four all-access passes to the festival, and festival visitors enjoy the convenience of a shuttle service to get around town. Complimentary or discounted filmmaker lodging is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but all Trail Dance guests receive a star's welcome as they drink in some of the best films on the festival circuit.