In 2013, the festival continued to grow, with twice the number of submissions as 2012 and a continued increase in the quality of the films. Our winner for Best Narrative Film, “Ma Forêt”, was a beautiful Belgian rumination on a boy’s relationship with a forest, and the encroachment of industry and adulthood on his utopia. “Niche in the Market”, a short, punchy documentary about London street vendors and the tiny booths they occupy, won our Best Documentary award. The moody sci-fi drama “No Matter How Far”, made in Tyler by our 2011 Best of Fest winners, took home Best Texas Film. The literally uplifting “Icarus Falls” won Best Animated Short, and we were pleased to award our inaugural Best Student Film award to student documentary “From Farm To Table”.


Best of Fest “Ma Forêt” by Sébastien Pins

Best Documentary “Niche in the Market” by Rod Main

Best Texas Film “No Matter How Far” by Rigsby/Reese

Best Animated Film “Icarus Falls” by Jesse O’Brien


  • Wednesday-Friday (Sept 25-27), 7-9pm: Presentation of films in competition.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 daytime: Breakout sessions
    • 10am: Fest Success: Advice from the Founder:
      Learn the secrets to success in entering films into festivals from Stephen Self and Donna Gatewood, the founders of the Downtown Tyler Film Festival.
    • 11am: On-Camera Makeup Technique:
      Tips, tricks and techniques of cinematic makeup taught by a local cinematic makeup specialist.
    • 1pm: Casting: How to organize, stage and conduct a successful casting call:
      Learn from Chris Abraham and Olivia Hardt how to maximize success with your first casting call.
    • 2pm: Picking the right gear for the job:
      Confused by the many gear choices available? Learn from Robert Johnson, of VideoTex in Dallas, how to use the latest and greatest equipment for maximum effect.
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3pm: Donation Matinee - Student and Art Films
    • Student
      1. Breaking Point
      2. Tasty Texas Treats
      3. From Farm To Table – Winner, Best Student Film
      4. Where Is God
      5. Takedown
      6. Vampire Problems
    • Art Films
      1. Nuit Blanche
      2. Ma Forêt – Winner, Best Narrative
      3. Woo Woo
      4. A Conversation
      5. Carnival Autumn
      6. Salome
      7. From Cows to Quinoa
      8. Cravat
      9. Other Wounds
      10. Maya Cloud
  • Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5:30-6:45pm: The Wrap Party begins at Gallery Main Street
    Hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, wine and beer, DJ.
  • Saturday, Sept 28, 7-9pm: Presentation of “Best of the Fest” films + announcement of winners and presentation of awards
  • Saturday, Sept 28, 9pm: The Wrap Party continues at Gallery Main Street for all Saturday night badge holders