Downtown Tyler Film Festival returns after two-year absence

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:54 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is making its return to Liberty Hall after taking a two-year hiatus.

The film festival will be a little different this year with its start date being June 10 and continuing to June 13 instead of the fall. The biggest difference this year will be that the event is a digital only festival for the first time ever. Rebecca Hale who is the festival’s director says despite that viewers will get a similar experience like they did in the past with two hosts and a panel of judges leading the way.

“They recorded it live from our stage they are in full tux its kind of an Oscar’s type vibe situation, we also have interviews with our judges and stuff so you will get to meet them,” said Hale.

They chose this approach because of several reasons. Some of the filmmakers participating are international filmmakers who can’t travel due to COVID-19 restrictions. They also wanted to make the event more accessible for those who are in the disabled community as well as those who are still high risk to COVID-19.

“That was our main thinking when we made it this way instead of perhaps doing like an outside socially distanced film festival or something like that,” said Hale. “We decided it would be more accessible to everyone if we made it virtual.”

They had also planned to do a virtual event long before COVID-19 restrictions had loosened. The film festival is considering doing a hybrid version as well in the future where they offer both in-person and virtual options for viewers.

You can get tickets here. Each ticket is $15 for a night or $50 for the entire weekend.

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