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Tryon International Film Festival Accepting Entries

downtown tryon, ncThe Tryon International Film Festival is accepting entries for the seventh annual festival.

The Festival is accepting film entries in all categories: Best Overall Film, Best Full Feature Film, Best Short Dramatic Film, Best Full Documentary Film, Best Short Documentary Film, Best Student Film, the People’s Choice Award, and the Sabian Award for Human Rights & Dignity. The initial deadline for entries to be received is August 2, 2021; the final deadline is August 22, 2021.

It is anticipated the Festival will be held in person from Friday through Sunday, October 8-10, 2021 with more fanfare than usual and will make all of the curated films available for online viewing for three weeks after the Festival. In the event that the COVID 19 pandemic surges, the Festival will pivot to be virtual, as it was in 2020. The final decision for the Festival to be either virtual or in person will be made July 31.

“We’ve already decided there will always be a virtual component to the Festival,” Co-Founder Kirk Gollwitzer said. “If the pandemic taught us anything, it was the value of allowing people to see the films at their personal convenience via their online devices. We also learned again how much people want to visit Tryon in the fall. We plan to have the best of both worlds this year: A red-carpet in person festival with all of the bells and whistles and online access to all of the films for three weeks afterward.”

“We are feeling pretty good about how things are going,” Gollwitzer said. “We are certainly ahead of our own curve this year. Each year, we get better and better at the endless details that need to be handled to host a successful film festival — and we have hosted some damn nice ones. We select the best films being offered from around the world and present them in what is known as ‘The Friendliest Town in the South.’ The Town of Tryon and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains are tremendous draws to the Festival — a real vacation destination. People who come here for the Festival sometimes stay. It happens all the time. There’s no place like Tryon, and it is the perfect place for a fall film festival.”

A new component to the annual film festival will be educational opportunities. Staff are currently lining up several classes, workshops, and presentations with industry professionals. These events will address subjects such as scriptwriting, film production, and marketing. “We will announce the entire curriculum very soon,” Gollwitzer said. “Our goal is to make this film festival well rounded and to give people many reasons to attend.”

For more information about the Tryon International Film Festival, please visit

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