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Downtown Tyler Film Festival entries due Aug. 1

TYLER, July 19, 2013--The deadline of Aug. 1 is quickly approaching for filmmakers to submit their films for consideration to be shown at the Downtown Tyler Film Festival, set for Sept. 25-28.

Only short films of 10 minutes and under will be accepted for the festival. Films of all genres are being accepted, including comedy, drama, action-adventure, sci-fi, horror, documentary and more. Awards totaling $2,500 will be presented to the winners in the categories of Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Texas Film, Best Animated Film and Best Student Film.

Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2011 and must be available for screening during the festival. Selection of films is accomplished via a juried process.

Full entry rules are available at www.TylerFilmFest.com. Entries may be submitted either in person at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., or via www.Withoutabox.com. A link to online submission is available at the Film Festival site.

This is the third year of operation for the film festival, which is a project of the City of Tyler Main Street Department and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC), in cooperation with the volunteers of Heart of Tyler.

In the first year of the festival, only Texas-made films were accepted. In 2012, the festival expanded to include various genres and entries from all over the world. This year, the festival committee has received more than 40 entries from entrants worldwide.

“The festival was created by our DTAC Film Working Group to encourage the art and industry of filmmaking in our downtown area,” said Main Street Department Leader Beverly Abell. “This is a quickly growing industry that provides businesses and jobs, as well as art in the community.”

The festival will feature screenings of selected films at Liberty Hall each night. A second screen will be on-site at Gallery Main Street. In addition, educational workshops will be held throughout the day on Sept. 28.

A kick-off party for the festival is set for Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Gallery Main Street. Abell said anyone interested in filmmaking or being a Film Festival sponsor or volunteer is invited to attend the come-and-go event, which is free. Members of the festival committee will be on-hand to provide information to potential entrants, and winning films from past festivals will be shown.

For more information visit  www.TylerFilmFest.com or call 903-593-6905.

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