The Tylerman Film Festival hosted by Cantigny Park seeks to grow an environment of legacy that affords filmmakers the opportunity to be credited for their art with critique, prizes, and networking opportunity. Fun times include the McCormick Museum, Tank Park, The First Division Museum, Rose Gardens, and Q&A from reputable Producer's, Writer's, and Director's. (We will have limited seating for both days of the festival. Masks are required.)

Over $3,000 in cash prizes given away annually for Best Feature, Best Short, The Aleathea Ligon Social Awareness Award, The Tylerman Film Festival Choice Award, Best Twist Award.

Films will be judged on: Originality, Screenplay, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and the Judges personal score. Submissions are non-refundable. Once selected, you will be notified and your film must be submitted via DVD and turned in prior to August 1st, 2020. While we will be showing Rated-R films in a designated adult area, Cantigny Park will not allow x-rated film nor will it allow gross nudity as our intent is to host a family friendly environment.

The Tylerman Film Festival (TFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in our festival. If your film is chosen as an official selection (TFF) does not compensate for travel, accommodations, or appearance fees unless otherwise offered. Online distribution of the film prior to screening at the festival is prohibited. (TFF) reserves the right to schedule changes and may at any time revoke a film screening, festival passes, accommodations, and any other filmmaker agreements for any reason. ONLINE SCREENERS ONLY.

Once the film is accepted to The Tylerman Film Festival, DIGITAL COPIES and PRESS SCREENERS (DVD) will be requested along with a downloadable MP4 Format. The committee reserves the right to rescind any screening engagement if the film is not delivered on time. The Tylerman Film Festival holds your screeners in a secure fashion and takes the filmmakers rights very seriously. Please note that technical glitches will not be adjusted during the screening of your film. Your screener must be in final format upon acceptance and filmmakers will not be allowed to have private technical meetings with the projectionist.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Upon acceptance, the undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Tylerman Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival and a very friendly group to deal with. Would submit a film to them again anytime.

    August 2020
  • Cool little festival. Happy to have screened.

    August 2020
  • Michael Pomaro

    The Tylerman Film Festival is a thoughtfully run festival that always makes the filmmakers feel special. Great communication and kindness from all involved, I’d recommend this fest to anyone.

    August 2020
  • Ken Sagoes

    I had the most wonderful time at The Tylerman Film Festival. I would give it 5 stars.

    August 2020
  • Great festival, I am honored to be part of it with my short "Radical Camp"!

    August 2020