Tryon International Film Festival set for October | Arts

The Tryon International Film Festival has set Friday-Sunday October 7-9, 2022 for its eighth annual festival that draws filmmakers and moviegoers from around the world to the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Additionally, the festival is now accepting film submissions for 2022. Filmmakers can submit their work, through, via the FilmFreeway link. The deadline for submitting applications is August 1; the late entry date will be August 22.

The festival has added two new categories to its list of acceptable films: Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short. The established categories are Best Feature Film, Best Full Length Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Drama, Best Student Film, Sabian Award for Best Human Rights and Human Dignity, Best Film global and public choice.

“The 2021 Festival was a huge success, a testing success, but no less a success,” said festival co-founder Beau Menetre. “With the COVID pandemic continuing to change the landscape of public gatherings almost daily, we have learned to pivot and pivot quickly. Plans made yesterday, change today, and again tomorrow. In 2020 we went completely virtual: it was a huge change, but we learned so much about the technical end of hosting a festival. 2021 was in person with a strong online viewing opportunity. We have learned to be both an in-person festival and an online festival. We’ll be both again this year, just refining our process. With what we’ve learned and experienced – and with new plans being worked on – I predict the 2022 festival will be our best yet.

Last year’s festival presented more than 50 films to guests, both in person and online. Filmmakers and guests enjoyed three days of social events, screenings and workshops in Tryon, which has been called “the friendliest town in the south.” For 30 days after the in-person festival, the films were available for online viewing.

“Admittedly, 2021 has been stressful, primarily because of COVID,” said festival co-founder Kirk Gollwitzer. “October has been a very stressful time for the whole world. There have been power surges, policy changes, openings and closings, delays and uncertainties. But we are fortunate to live in a community small enough to implement changes quickly and sophisticated enough to understand and accept why last minute changes are needed All feedback is positive.”

In addition to having a diverse and top quality selection of films from around the world, the Festival is distinguished by its hospitality in Tryon. “Every year I get comments from people about how much they love coming to Tryon in the fall,” Menetre said. “Due to the mountains with an autumnal backdrop, Tryon is a destination for those wishing to get away for a few days. Once they arrive here, they find a laid-back but discerning community. People from all walks of life and walks of life move here and bring art, music, gourmet food and a high level of worldly sophistication. Actors, artists, writers, captains of industry are among our residents. The bustling downtown is home to a historic movie theater, a French restaurant, several art galleries, and authentic New York bagels, all within walking distance. I know people who came for the Film Festival and decided to move here.

One of the biggest changes to the Tryon International Film Festival in 2021 has been the addition of workshops – something that will continue and grow.

“Beau and I thought having an educational component to the Festival would be a good idea, and 2021 proved we were right,” Gollwitzer said. “Most of the credit goes to Ashely Crane, who did all the coordination. We had five workshops, all taught by leading professionals in filmmaking. They’ve covered everything from storytelling basics and budgets to production and acting. We will definitely have workshops again this year – just more. Ashely is now working on how to reach more film students and eventually earn them college credit.

Already, New View Realty has again committed to be the Title Partner of the Festival. “We are very fortunate to live in a community that is so supportive of creative endeavours,” Menetre said. “New View Realty has been with us since the very beginning, and I can’t say ‘Thank you’ enough. In 2021, we had many sponsor partners, who made the Festival possible. This clearly shows how much the local community supports the Tryon International Film Festival. »

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