The Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) proudly presents season seven, October 8, 9 & 10, 2021.

While life as we knew it changed in 2020, advancements in technology ushered in capabilities the likes of which we never thought we would soon utilize, all in the form of virtual meetings.

While the world was sequestered to their homes and humanity was suddenly shrouded in protective masks, creativity never took a rest.

During the year of COVID-19 the Tryon International Film Festival had the strongest international participation ever. So much so, that regardless of whether the 2021 season will be live or not, we will continue to use our online platform from now into the future.

As we did in 2020, we will reach out to every single filmmaker whose film is selected for in interview and a chance to introduce their works of art. Even more, in 2021 you will be able to invite your friends, crew and supporters to visit the Tryon International Film Festival.

Participation is key to success of your film so we urge you to submit your film to our 2021 season.

Also, if your film performs well in Tryon, it may also be a candidate for our sister festival in Gstadd, Switzerland the very same year. Beyond Switzerland your film may also travel to Berlin, Italy and London, because of their strong industry ties on that side of the world.
We believe this is what film festivals are all about, to give your film a boost towards success for years to come.

Few festivals compare visually to TRIFF, which for three days, the entire town of Tryon, North Carolina lights up like a sparkler. Six screening venues operate seamlessly, including a bonus evening amphitheater screening that features music, food, drink and a special film.

The Tryon Fine Art Center along with The Tryon Theatre, a vintage, state-of-the-art cinema, which has been in continuous operation for more than 80 years, play host to the opening gala and award ceremony as the retail shops, bars and dining establishments embrace visitors.

Plan to spend the entire festival at one of our exclusive B&B’s along with your fellow filmmakers. Introduce your own film, attend a breakout session, walk the streets or hang out at our complementary VIP lounge in the center of town.

By virtue of the amount of high-quality submissions received over the years, our film selection process has matured as well. We select highly crafted films of sophisticated workmanship in the full-length features, short films and documentary categories.
We are also known for our Human Rights & Dignity category which has been a cornerstone performance grouping since our inception. Films submitted in this category also have a good chance of also being screened in Switzerland.

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

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 reasons: (1) Films of various lengths, require a significant amount of time to consider with our screening committee and offsetting this effort with submission fees helps. (2) We see an inverse relationship between filmmakers who ask for waivers to 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.

Facebook: Polk County Film Initiative, Tryon International Film Festival

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 Overall 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.

Rules & Terms

Tryon International Film Festival Contest Rules and Terms:
Note: To all "Selected" filmmakers please send your films to: kgollwitzer@yahoo.com
All submissions for consideration must be online with a live link to YouTube or Vimeo, with passwords for viewing access. PLEASE INCLUDE DIRECTOR BIO AND HEAD-SHOTS.
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 TRYON2020 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 - kgollwitzer@yahoo.com
Or mail:
Tryon International Film Festival Headquarters - PCFI
285 North Trade Street
Tryon, NC 28782

•Multiple entries are allowed but submitted separately.
•All submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway only.
•Submissions in languages other than English should be subtitled to improve your success.
•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 on October 11th, 2020 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 2020 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
  • John Sexton

    Great films, great people. Always a great festival !

    October 2021
  • Rawaa Barnes

    Very pleased to have been selected at Tyron.

    October 2021
  • Love this fest! The team is amazing, accommodating, warm, inviting, make this an experience I look forward to each year attending.

    October 2021
  • Jakob Zapf

    Amazing to be part of your festival! And thank you so much for the award, it is a great honour. I would have loved to be able to join you (but a little far from Germany).

    October 2021
  • Aaron Hosé

    A sincere thank you to Tryon International Film Festival. We were honored to have Kirk and Beau's event host the East Coast premiere of our film ONE PINT AT A TIME. My only regret was the timing of everything which prevented us from being able to attend this charming festival. Looking forward to next time!

    October 2021