September 27th-30th: Downtown Tyler Film Fest is Ready to Roll Film

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The Downtown Tyler Film Festival has selected the entries that will make it to the final round of judging and be shown as part of the festival. Submissions have been grouped into different categories shown each night Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Friday, Sept. 29. On Saturday, top-scoring films will be screened again during a “Best of the Fest” showing. Winners of four different categories will be announced on the 30th.

“Our film festival has grown into an international event, attracting films from Tyler, throughout Texas, across the U.S. and around the world,” said Tara Holley Jones, festival director. “The entry process has become very competitive, and the quality of the entries is truly exceptional.”

The Festival nights are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.: “Where in the World,” featuring films made outside of Texas and the U.S.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.: “The Young,” will mainly feature films by young filmmakers under the age of 18, but other projects as well.
  • Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.: “Texas Originals,” features films by Texas filmmakers.
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.: “The Best of the Fest.”

There will be a question and answer session each night with the filmmakers in attendance. To view the full lineup, visit

Saturday’s “Best of the Fest” celebration will include the pre-screening Stella Artois reception, the screenings of the best films from the previous nights, an awards presentation and a post-screening party at Gallery Main Street.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. each night, with a pre-screening reception sponsored by Stella Artois.

Tickets are $5 Wednesday through Friday and $15 on Saturday, either online at or at the door.

Full details on the festival schedule, the featured films and more, are available at the festival website,

Liberty Hall Theater will host a free matinee of consisting past entries, and featuring many Texas-made and East-Texas made films this Saturday as part of the Hit the Bricks Second Saturday event in Downtown Tyler. The matinee will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend. Some of the films contain graphic language and content, and that parental discretion is advised.