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, a Red Carpet Event Opening Ceremony, and Q&A from reputable Producer's, Writer's, and Director's. (With this years pandemic upon us we will have limited seating for both days of the festival. Social Distancing allows for 50 persons per event per room. 100 people for Saturday and 100 People for Sunday.)

Cash Prizes & Award Ceremony will be held online.

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
  • Urenna Amadi

    Although I wasn't there for this festival but it was amazing and interesting! Tylerman's festival is a good one I must confess! I believe next year will be greater. I appreciate all the love for my film. Thanks and more successful festivals ahead tylerman.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your honesty and comments. While this year's festival was our first, we were blessed to have an amazing turnout and much success with our numerous films. Not A Slave received great reviews and I thank you for your submission.

  • Maria Rago

    Amazing Film Festival!High quality of films!!
    Honored that Voice surrounding the city received an Official Selection!!!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Maria, the people spoke for you. They loved your film and truly loved the way you play piano. An AMAZING film.

  • I had an amazing time at the Tylerman Film Festival! As soon as I arrived I was greeted with a warm smile at the registration table. I was told all details of the day and all of my questions were answered.
    Time was given between films to network. The Q&A’s were powerful! I loved hearing from the directors!
    The host Andrew was an absolute delight to work with. He emailed all particulars of the film before the day of and told me what to expect.
    I was super honored my film, Don’t Be Quiet was chosen as an Official Selection!
    I am excited for next year!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Danielle, I really enjoyed having you there. Your spirit is what a festival needs in every room.