If you love and appreciate films, the art of films, or maybe you're a  filmmaker, you're invited to a launch party  on July 28th in downtown Tyler for the “Show Us Your Shorts” Film festival. The festival is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery Main Street at 110 W. Erwin. Filmmakers, supporters of independent films, potential volunteers and sponsors are all invited to the launch party, which will serve as an informal, informational introduction to the 2012 film festival.

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is a project of the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC) film/theater working group. DTAC is an all-volunteer group that works to promote the arts in downtown Tyler under the support of the City of Tyler Main Street Department and its non-profit partner, Heart of Tyler, Inc.

Film Festival Chairman, Chris Abraham says the winning films from last year’s event will be shown, and organizers of the festival will be on hand to answer questions about the event, offering information on everything from how to enter a film to how to volunteer.

Chris explains how the festival will work;

“This year’s festival will feature an expanded format, with more entries, more films and more opportunities to view the films,” Abraham said. This year, the film festival’s entry categories are divided into four groups: comedy, drama, science fiction/horror and action-adventure. Each night, the festival will also feature two screens – one at Liberty Hall, and the other at Gallery Main Street. Another new addition will be a wrap party held at the T.B. Butler Plaza after the last film is shown on Oct. 27. It is there that winning films will be announced and $3,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Tyler Main Street Department Leader, Beverly Abell says this about the festival: “We would not be able to award those prizes without the support of our sponsors,”  “We are very grateful especially to our anchor sponsor, Stella Artois, which has returned for a second year of sponsoring this event.”

Technical Director Steve Self is expecting a large amount entries and participation from the international film festival entry service, Withoutabox, which means the festival will have a great variety of films to show from around the globe.

This is an awesome event for East Texas and for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Don't miss it!

For all  information on how to enter films check out Tyler Film Fest.com