Year 5
Now in our fifth year, TRYON19, presented by PCFI, proudly announces the dates of the upcoming festival to be held from October 11th to October 13th, 2019 in Tryon, N.C. Year Five is a milestone year for our film festival placing us firmly on international film competition circuit.

The Tryon International Film Festival is now perpetually listed on IMdb. If your film is nominated and wins a performance category, IMdb will pick up your success and aggregate your news to their platform and beyond.

As a filmmaker, actor, director, producer, etc, you should submit your work to IMdb for maximum industry exposure.

The Tryon International Film Festival is a spectacle to be witnessed only by being here. It is one of the few film festivals in the world that employs an entire town. Seven screening venues operate seamlessly during the entire three-day event as retail shops, restaurants and bars come alive with activity as filmmaker and fans walk the streets and enjoy parties, street entertainment and art.

Tryon is also one of the few towns in the country that allows the public to walk the streets with a drink in their hand!

The centerpiece of the festival is the newly renovated Tryon Theatre, which as been in continuous operation since 1938. It was a favorite stopping point for F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Niven, Lefty Flynn and others.

Our equestrian category remains as a constant in the festival, because of Tryon’s rich equestrian history.

In 2016, TRYON expanded its categories of submissions from full-length feature films, shorts and documentaries to the highly impactful “Human Rights & Dignity (HRD)” performance category. The impact of this additional grouping resulted in an influx of films from 17 countries.

TRYON19 will continue to build on HRD’s ever important form of messaging which touches all areas of the globe. Many of the most powerful films in this category vividly reach the viewer’s soul regardless of language translation.

The festival also employs a strategy of direct sourcing of film projects from around the world. This level of film recruitment has resulted in fabulous works from industry notables including Robert Redford, Cecilia Peck, Laura Dern, Mariette Hartley and many others.

Whether the film genre is drama, comedy or environmental, TRYON19 will continue to encourage and promote woman and other minority filmmakers throughout the world, before, during and after each festival run. Many filmmakers from past festivals will be called back as judges, educators and industry supporters.

TRYON19 will continue to invite local filmmakers to highlight their grassroots efforts, and staff operations will continue to attract filmmakers, actors, and artists from the world, both within the indie-film sector, television, online, interactive, virtual and post-cinematic release.

Our multiple screening venues include the historic Tryon Theatre, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Upstairs Art Space, Carri Bass Studio, and the Tryon Depot.

Note: to filmmakers requesting waivers: While we consider waivers requests from filmmakers, we do scrutinize the reason for the request. We remain conservative with waiver requests because of the following: (1) Films of various length and number, require a significant amount of time to consider with our screening committee and offsetting it with a submission fees helps. (2) We see a significant relationship between filmmakers who ask for waivers, and their ability to attend our festival.

Trophies and Awards: each year our awards team utilize local artists within our community craft wonderful and thoughtful awards. If your film happens to be winner of a performance category and you are in attendance, you will be given your award during award ceremony. However due to the cost of sending trophies and awards around the globe, those winners who are not in attendance must pay for their own shipping and delivery.
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Judging Awards are offered in the following seven categories:

Best Full Length Feature
Best Full Length Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Dramatic
Best Student Film
Best Human Rights and Human Dignity
Best Over All Film
Audience Choice

A single Award will be presented per each category.
National and International award winners are encouraged to check with customs regulations, and are responsible for any and all shipping and customs fees.

Tryon International Film Festival Contest Rules and Terms:

Note: To all selected filmmakers please send send your films to:
All submissions for consideration must be online with a live link , ie: Vimeo, etc...and password for viewing access.
Each submission should include all contact information and required information:
Your name, Production Company, Phone, Email, Title of work, Place of residence :


All "Accepted Submissions" to TRYON19 for screening delivered in standard electronic film format able to be played on a standard PC. All full length feature films selected to be screened at the Tryon Theatre are preferred to be in DCP format, however standard files will be accepted.

Dropbox -

Or mail:
Tryon International Film Festival Headquarters - PCFI
285 North Trade Street
Tryon, NC 28782


•Multiple entries are allowed and each entry may enter in multiple categories.
•All submissions should be submitted via FilmFreeway.
•Submissions in other than English may be subtitled if you wish.
•Winners will be notified via email. ( Please include all pertinent contact information)

PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your Film you will be required to provide your first and last name; email address and contact number. The information you provide will be used only for contest administration and to contact contest winners. Your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any party not affiliated with the Festival and the Contest except to the extent permitted by law.


Winners will be announced in October 2019 at the awards ceremony.

Winners will be chosen by the Festival on the merits of each entry in the Festival’s sole and absolute discretion. If not present, winners will be notified by the email address provided in the entry form.


The responsibility of the Entrants film content lies solely upon the Entrant. The Tryon International Film Festival nor its organizers or affiliates are not responsible for any or all deliberate or otherwise infringements on copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity made by any or all Entrants.

An Entry should be the original work of the Entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If an Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the Entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the Entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submitting such Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by the Festival in the manner set forth in these Terms, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry, music licenses and location releases. The Festival reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Festival from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Festival may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Festival may be similar to the Entrant’s Entry, or that any compensation is due to the Entrant in connection with such other Entry or other works used by the Festival.

PRIZES: Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or subject to substitution. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries and the quality of each specific Entry.

TERMS FOR WINNERS: Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees as well as all additional costs that may be incurred.
If the specified prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Festival in its sole and absolute discretion may substitute a prize of like or equal value. The Festival reserves the right to condition the award of prizes upon the execution by the winner(s) of a publicity release. Notwithstanding this reserved right, entry is conclusively deemed to be permission by the Entrant for the Festival to use the Entrant’s name (without compensation to the Entrant) if the Entrant is a winner to publicize the Contest and otherwise, as determined by the Festival, unless prohibited by law. The Festival reserves the right to require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document and provide other proof of eligibility as a condition of receipt of the prize or award. In the event the winner is a minor, the Festival reserves the right to require the minor winner’s parent and/or legal guardian to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document, provide other proof of eligibility and guarantee the minor winner’s obligations, representations and warranties hereunder as a condition of receipt of the prize or award. In the event a winner fails or refuses to execute or provide any required documentation, the Festival reserves the right to award the prize or award to a substitute winner in the Festival’s sole discretion. The Festival may require the winner to be present for/participate in press and promotional activities. In addition, the Festival may request actors and other participants in the Film to be present for/participate in press and promotional activities and the Entrant shall not direct any such individuals to refuse to so participate.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Terms, and the decisions of the Festival, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless the Festival, the Festival’s licenses and assigns, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity and from any and all claims, debts, demands, actions or causes of actions, suits, sums of money, damages, and liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature, which have arisen or may arise as a result of the Released Parties exercise of the rights granted to them as set forth herein; (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/Film, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including without limitation, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by the Festival and its designee, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from the Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so; and (d) to hold the Released Parties harmless and to indemnify the Released Parties from and against all costs, expenses and liabilities incurred by the Released Parties in connection with the defense of any claim or claims on account thereof, including reasonable attorney’s fees. By participating, the Entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the Festival, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.

OWNERSHIP/USE OF SUBMISSIONS: By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant to the Festival a royalty-free, fully paid up, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use during the 2018 season.
MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunication or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, processing of Entries, the incorrect uploading of an Entry, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Terms, as solely determined by the Festival, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in the Festival’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Festival, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or submission of Entries, the Festival reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, FESTIVAL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforce ability of these Terms, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and the Festival in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of North Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law rules (whether of the State of North Carolina or for any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State North Carolina.

Note to all submitter: Please find the Tryon International Film Festival on Facebook at Polk County Film Initiative and Tryon International Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • mohammad Hormozi

    Thanks for the festival
    I'm happy to attend your festival

    December 2018
  • A great 4-day film festival; very well-run & organized. Lots of support to the filmmakers; thanks for the opportunity to participate!

    October 2018
  • Unfortunately we haven't been able to attend the festival, but the contact was friendly and helpful and we always received updates and news by mail.

    October 2018
  • Brooke Lewis

    What a wonderful and professional festival! Beau and the Team were so welcoming to us and our film. Our Superstar, Courtney Gains, attended and gave us a rave review! Communication was great throughout! This is a goodie ;)

    October 2018
  • Great Festival, great location and outstanding organization! Deeply honored for having been selected! Highly recommended!

    October 2018