The Tryon International Film Festival has scheduled its eighth annual festival for Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, 2022, drawing filmmakers and cinephiles 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 TryonInternationalFilmFestival.com using the FilmFreeway link. Closing date is August 1st; The late entry date is August 22nd.
The festival has added two new categories to its list of acceptable films: Best Full-Length Animated Film and Best Animated Short Film. The established categories are Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Documentary Film, Best Dramatic Short Film, Best Student Film, Sabian Award for Best Human Rights and Human Dignity, Best Overall Film and Audience Choice.
“The 2021 festival was a huge success, a grueling success, but no less successful,” said festival co-founder Beau Menetre. “As the COVID pandemic is still changing the landscape of public gatherings on an almost daily basis, we’ve learned to spin and spin quickly. Plans made yesterday change again today and tomorrow. In 2020 we went completely virtual: it was a big change but we learned so much about the technical side of hosting a festival. 2021 was personal with a strong online viewing opportunity. We’ve learned to be both an in-person festival and an online festival. We’re going to be both again this year, just refining our process. With what we’ve learned and experienced – and with some new plans in the making – I predict the 2022 festival will be our best yet.”
Last year’s festival brought guests more than 50 films, both in person and online. Filmmakers and guests enjoyed three days of social events, screenings and workshops in Tryon, branded as ‘The Friendliest Town in the South’. The films were available online for 30 days after the presence festival.
“Admittedly, 2021 was stressful, mostly because of COVID,” said festival co-founder Kirk Gollwitzer. “October was a very stressful time for the whole world. There have been surges, changing policies, openings and closings, delays and uncertainties. But we are fortunate to live in a community that is small enough to implement changes quickly and sophisticated enough to understand and accept why last-minute changes are needed. All feedback was positive.”
In addition to a diverse and high-quality curation of films from around the world, the festival is known for its hospitality in Tryon. “Every year I get comments from people about how much they love coming to Tryon in the fall,” Menetre said. “Tryon is a destination for those looking to get away for a few days due to the mountains with an autumn backdrop. Once you arrive here, you’ll find a laid-back but savvy community. People from all walks of life and from near and far settle here, bringing with them art, music, gourmet food and a high level of worldly sophistication. Actors, artists, writers, captains of industry are among our residents. Bustling downtown features 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 Tryon International Film Festival in 2021 was the addition of workshops – something that will continue and expand.
“Beau and I thought it would be a good idea to add an educational component to the festival, and 2021 proved we were right,” Gollwitzer said. “The most credit goes to Ashely Crane who did all the coordination. We had five workshops, all taught by leading filmmaking professionals. They covered everything from storytelling basics to budgets, production and acting. We will definitely be holding workshops again this year – simply more. Ashely is now working to reach more film students and potentially earn them college credit.”
New View Realty has already signed up again as the title partner of the festival. “We are very fortunate to live in a community that is so supportive of creative endeavors,” Menetre said. “New View Realty has been with us from the beginning and I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough. In 2021 we had many sponsoring partners who made the festival possible. This speaks to the strong support of the local community for the Tryon International Film Festival.”
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