Downtown Tyler Film Festival


Years running: 12 (since 2011)

Downtown Tyler Film Festival

Short Film Festival.


The festival focuses on short films as a means of reaching out to as many new producers as possible. Festival directors pride themselves on having some of the best breakout sessions available, and encourage producers to attend as many of these special work sessions as their schedules allow. The Downtown Tyler Film Festival began as the privately funded "No-Name Film Fest" in the fall of 2004. Adopted by the City of Tyler in 2011, the festival became known as the Downtown Tyler "Show your Shorts" Film Festival, and has remained true to its original mission of being dedicated to helping new film makers learn as much a possible in an honest and totally open format.


  • Best of Fest: $1,000
  • Best East Texas Film: $500
  • Best Young Filmmaker: $250
  • Audience Favorite: $150


  • Shorts: maximum 15 minutes;
  • Films can be narrative or documentary, of any genre, but must have been completed after January 1, 2020 and should be suitable for a general audience (think 12A/PG-13). 
  • 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. 
  • Submit via Filmfreeway system.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Tara Holley Jones — FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
  • Beverly Abell — ADMINISTRATOR
  • Adriana Rodriguez — PRESS COMMUNICATIONS



United States

Official Website



110 W Erwin St
Tyler, TX 75702
United States

Phone: (903) 595-7274


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    August 01, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    February 13, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    March 13, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    April 10, 2021
  • Notifications
    May 14, 2021
  • Event Dates
    11 — 12 June 2021
Categories & Fees

Narrative or documentary films 15 minutes or shorter.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $40

Narrative or documentary films 15 minutes or shorter, produced by filmmakers under 18 years old.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20

Narrative or documentary films 15 minutes or shorter, produced in East Texas. (See rules for definition.)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $30
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