Tryon International Film Festival adds equine category, announces 2017 dates

Published 10:00 pm Friday, December 9, 2016

As 2017 approaches, the Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) is taking significant strides to ensure that the next festival will be the most comprehensive, open-minded and innovative ever.  All because of the imagination and cunningness of today’s independent filmmakers, the management team of the Tryon International Film Festival 2017 (TRIFF17) has already begun sculpting the architecture of its upcoming edition.    

Now in its third year, TRIFF17 presented by PCFI, proudly announces the dates of the upcoming festival to be held from Oct. 27-29, 2017 in Tryon, N.C.

The 2017 season introduces a new equestrian category dedicated to the health, preservation and wellbeing of the horse, with the tagline “It’s all about the horse.” All genres of films, including documentaries, which respectfully highlight the beauty, health and welfare of the horse, will be considered.     

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In 2016, TRIFF 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.

TRIFF17 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 resulted in fabulous works from industry favorites like Robert Redford, daughter Amy Redford and Cecilia Peck.

Whether the film genre is drama, comedy or environment, TRIFF17 will continue to encourage and promote women 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.

TRIFF17 will continue to invite local filmmakers to highlight their grassroots efforts, but staff operations will boldly continue to attract and recruit filmmakers, actors, and artists from the world stage, both within the indie-film sector, television, online, interactive, virtual and post-cinematic release.

TRIFF founders promise to the world cinematic community that all marketable film projects will be heavily recruited, not just out of post-production but also in cinematic release as well.  Preserving the shelf life of motion pictures is paramount.     

Directors for the following positions have been established to help with the heavy lifting of the massive requirements that are involved in producing what will soon be one of the most successful film festivals in the world.

• Director of Film and TV Programming

• Artistic Director

• Director of Film Management

• Director of Features and Online Productions

• Director of Vendor & Expo Services

• Director of Human Rights & Dignity Programming

• Director of Equestrian Selection and Programming

• Director of Travel and Liaison Services

• Director of International and Corporate Sponsorship

• Director K12 Education Coordination

• Director of Food & Beverage

• Director of Volunteer Coordination

• Director of Judge and Jury Operations

• Director of BBQ and Masquerade Ball Fundraisers

• Director of Facilities and AV Management

For more information on these opportunities, find the Tryon International Film Festival on Facebook, or online at, or call Beau Menetre at 404-379-5762 or Kirk Gollwitzer at 864-414-7765.

PCFI also humbly asks all individuals, local businesses and corporations to continue to support these efforts through tax deductible donations mailed to Polk County Film Initiative, 285 North Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782.