The Tylerman International 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. Selections and winners of the festival will have the option of showcasing content on TYLERMAN TV. (Masks required for this event)

Over $3,000 in prizes given away annually for
1. Best Feature
2. Best Short
3. Best Story Line
4. The Unity Partnership Social Awareness Award
5. The Tylerman Film Festival Choice Award
6. Best Documentary

Thank you for considering The Tylerman Film Festival. We're in our fourth year now and are looking forward to selecting your project.

In order to receive a cash prize in this festival you must pay the $25 entry fee. I have no problem offering the discount but if you don't think enough of your film to invest $25, winning $300 to $500 isn't fair to the other participants.

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 MP4 Format 1920x1080 or 4K to I need all films and artwork by June 15th, 2022.

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
  • I would recommend this festival to everyone. Thank you for selecting my film A War on Friendly Grounds. I'm super excited and grateful.

    September 2021
  • Michael Carlin

    Excellent experience attending the Tylerman Film Festival. Everybody was really top notch. I highly recommend.

    September 2021
  • Timberly Hope

    I drove from Memphis, TN to IL for this festival and it was WORTH IT! The time I spent in the host hotel was exciting. The festival time was invaluable. I networked with many in the industry and my film WAITING was awarded the Unity Partnership Social Awareness Award. I am so grateful to have participated in such an amazing celebration of art.

    September 2021
  • vandana k

    Dear Tylerman Film Festival Hosted by Cantigny Park Team, Thanks very much for the Official Selection of my film Justice for God at your festival. Happy to be part of your festival.

    September 2021
  • Haleh Saberi

    Absolutely amazing and organized festival I had an honor to be apart of. Thank you!

    September 2021