The Downtown Tyler Film Festival has been around since 2011 showcasing the work of independent film makers from not only East Texas but from around the world.

In past years, films have come in from England, Spain, Iran and many other countries according to easttexasmatters.com.

But, the focus of the festival is to highlight those local cinephiles.

This year's festival is September 27 - 30 but entries need to be submitted by May 31, 2017.

Your film or documentary should be 15 minutes or less in length. It must also be rated for a general audience.

Prizes will be handed out in different categories during the festival.

  • Best of Fest - $1,000
  • Best East Texas Film - $750
  • Best Young Filmmaker - $250
  • Audience Favorite - $150

For all the details and how submit your original film, go to tylerfilmfest.com.