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Downtown Film Fest sets kick-off party for Friday

TYLER, July 25, 2013-- Filmmakers, independent film fans, potential volunteers and sponsors are being invited by the steering committee of the Downtown Tyler Film Festival to join them for a festival kick-off party set for Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m., at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St.

The Third Annual Downtown Tyler Film Festival will be Sept. 25-28. Organizers want to get the word out about the upcoming film submission deadline of Aug. 1, but also to cultivate audience, volunteers and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public.

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival features short films of 10 minutes or less in a multitude of genres, including comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, action, documentaries and more. Each night of the festival, different genres will be shown, with the “best of” the festival being shown the last night.

On Sept. 28, winning films will be announced. Prizes will include: Best Narrative, $1,000; Best Documentary, $500; Best Texas Film, $500, Best Animated Film, $250 and Best Student Film, $250.

The festival is organized by the film working group of the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition, an organization under the auspices of the City of Tyler Main Street Department and Heart of Tyler, Inc.

Full information on the festival is available at www.TylerFilmFest.com. The festival can also be found on Facebook.

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