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2013 Trail Dance Film Festival

Trail Dance Film Festival has quickly emerged as a premier film event in the Southwestern United States. The festival is the flagship event of the Trail Dance Film Festival Association, a non-profit organization that creates scholarship funds for students studying film and media arts in addition to promoting cinema appreciation in Oklahoma. Trail Dance boasts three state-of-the-art venues and a 750-seat auditorium with top-notch sound and projection systems – all within short walking distance of TDFF headquarters.

Held annually in Duncan, Oklahoma – the birthplace of legendary filmmaker Ron Howard – the festival introduces up-and-coming filmmakers from around the globe to Oklahoma’s emergent film industry, and provides a welcoming forum and film showcase amidst a beautiful Western landscape.

The festival has garnered respect on the circuit and earned accolades. TDFF was honored with the “Outstanding New Event” RedBud Award at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and MovieMaker Magazine has named Trail Dance in their “Top 25” lists three times – once as “Worth the Entry Fee,” and twice as one of the “Coolest” film festivals.


Regular: August 15, 2012
Late: September 12, 2012
WAB Extended: October 10, 2012


The award winning Trail Dance Film Festival will open for submissions on June 15th, 2012 to begin it’s seventh glorious year. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films from all genres into one of four film categories: Short Narrative, Feature Narrative, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary.

All genres will be accepted for entry with the exception of Adult Oriented subject matter. Trail Dance encourages filmmaker’s 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). Over 20 custom sculpted Golden Drover awards will be presented to deserving filmmakers during our Awards Gala on closing night.

TDFF offers visiting filmmakers lodging discounts and local transportation from the airport, hotel, and area businesses to the event venue. The festival partners with the Oklahoma Film and Music Commission to provide visiting filmmakers with information on locations, crew members, actors, and financial incentives in Oklahoma. All TDFF festivities are open to the public and include live entertainment, professional seminars, networking opportunities, Wild West gunfights, music, and much more. The Festival concludes with a grand awards gala where the Golden Drover Awards are presented to worthy filmmakers, and where one lucky student is awarded a scholarship to pursue a career in filmmaking.

Trail Dance has been called the “Best Networking Festival” for a reason. Each year filmmakers converge on the festival’s world class facilities from all points of the globe. There is no better place to share “Best Business Practices” with peers from all facets of the industry. It is no wonder why filmmakers make the trip back to Trail Dance time and time again.

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