A July 28 launch party for filmmakers and film aficionados will kick off efforts leading toward the second annual Downtown Tyler “Show Us Your Shorts” Film festival.
The event 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.
Technical Director Steve Self said organizers are anticipating a “small avalanche” of entries via its new participation in an international film festival entry service Withoutabox.  “This means we’ll have a great variety of films to show, and our audiences will be able to view excellent short films even from the other side of the globe,” Self said.
Full information on how to enter films is available at the festival website, www.tylerfilmfest.com.