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Downtown Tyler Film Festival returns June 11-13

The deadline for submissions is March 13. The extended deadline is April 10.
Credit: Downtown Tyler Film Festival

TYLER, Texas — The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.

Liberty Hall is proud to announce the Downtown Tyler Film Festival is returning June 11-13, 2020. 

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is a celebration of storytelling through film in East Texas. The festival accepts and shows short films from all around the world, but has a special fondness for local independent works. 


This is a short film festival. Only films 15 minutes or shorter will be considered. Films can be narrative or documentary, of any genre, but must have been completed after January 1, 2019, and should be suitable for a general audience (think 12A/PG-13). Films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network, or which have aired on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates, or which have exhibited at previous Downtown Tyler Film Festivals, are ineligible for competition.

The deadline for submissions is March 13, with an extended deadline of April 10. Candidates may only submit to one category.


To be considered a Young Filmmaker film, a film must have been produced entirely by filmmakers under the age of 18. Contributions (besides equipment, encouragement, food and shelter) by parents, teachers, or other adults should be minimal. Ask if you're unsure.


To be considered a Texas film, a film must have been primarily produced in the state of Texas. While some minimal out-of-area production is okay (e.g. script consultation, sound mastering), the spirit of this category is to celebrate the creativity of filmmakers working in Texas. Ask if you're unsure.


If your film is accepted, you’ll be notified by April 30, along with instructions for digitally submitting an exhibition copy and attending the festival. Please be prepared to submit an H.264-encoded MOV or MP4 via download link. We can't guarantee your film will show at the festival unless we've received the exhibition copy before May 15.


Send us an email at contact@tylerfilmfest.com or a direct message on Facebook @TylerFilmFest.


You have all the necessary rights to let us show the film at the festival. If you're wrong about that, it's not our fault. If something in the film is illegal and we get in trouble for showing it, you'll take the legal heat, not us. We can show your film at the festival (obviously) but also in commercials/materials promoting DTFF for the next five years. If you've misrepresented any of this—like your ownership of the film or your status as a young or Texas filmmaker—then we can disqualify you without returning your submission fee.

For more information, click here.