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Downtown Tyler Film Festival now accepting entries

(Source: City of Tyler) (Source: City of Tyler)

From the City of Tyler:

Beginning Saturday, March 15, entries will be accepted on for the fourth annual Downtown Tyler Film Festival showing Sept. 24-27 in the City of Tyler’s Liberty Hall.

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is a celebration of storytelling through film in East Texas. This is an international film festival with short films from all around the world, however it seeks to encourage local East Texas, independent works.

Only short films of 15 minutes or less are accepted. Films may be of any genre but must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2012 and should be suitable for a general audience (PG-13).

There is also a student category for films produced entirely by filmmakers under the age of 18. Last year, there were several student films produced in the Tyler area, and festival coordinators hope to receive even more this year.

“Students are the perfect model of independent filmmaking: endless creativity, lots of experimentation, and no money,” said Film Festival Chairman Justin Reese. “We want to encourage them to hone their craft by providing an audience they can impress and a cash prize they can use to fund their next film."

There will be awards with cash prizes for Best of the Fest, Best East Texas Film, Best Student Film and Audience Favorite. Films may be submitted through Film Freeway March 15-July 31, but applicants are encouraged to submit as early as possible for cheaper entry fees.

East Texas filmmakers will also receive a 25 percent discount off of the entry price by entering the TEXASFOREVER2014 code into See Film Freeway or for eligibility details.

“The Downtown Tyler Film Festival has doubled the number of entries received each year and 2014 is expected to be bigger and better than ever,” said Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. “It is amazing what our Tyler filmmakers are producing and how much they improve each year.”

More information is available at or by following Tyler Film Fest on Facebook and Twitter. Any inquiries should be made to the Main Street Department at (903) 593-6905.

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