TRIFF and EQUUS Television announce collaboration

Published 11:52 am Thursday, May 11, 2023

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TRYON–Tryon International Film Festival recently announced a cooperative partnership with EQUUS Television Network. TRIFF, now in its ninth year, runs October 6-8 this year. It is now listed on IMDb as a festival and has been gaining recognition from notable directors, producers, screenwriters and actors. 

TRIFF offers a variety of films on an assortment of topics and is looking to expand its selection of equine films. EQTVN is excited to help with this expansion.

EQUUS Television Network is a Worldwide OTT Television Network that is dedicated to Equestrian lifestyle programming. The network is headquartered in Wellington, Fla., and is available subscription-free on various platforms.

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The film festival debuted in 2015 and has expanded its many categories to include a Best Short Equestrian Feature and Best Full-Length Equestrian Feature addition, accommodating both dramatic features and documentaries. It also offers a selection of other categories that equine filmmakers can enter.

Kirk Gollwitzer and Beau Menetre are the co-founders of TRIFF, and the festival is programmed under the umbrella of the Polk County Film Initiative, a 501(c)(3) organization. 

EQUUS Television correspondent Diana De Rosa will be on location to conduct interviews and report on behind-the-scenes activities, giving viewers an inside look at the preparation that goes into making this annual film festival a success. She interviewed Beau and Kirk to kick off this partnership and give its viewers the history behind TRIFF, the plans for this year and the vision for the future. 

“We aspire to expand and surpass the boundaries of the EQUUS Television Network coverage up to, during and even after the Tryon International Film Festival,” said EQUUS Television CEO John Barlett. “With De Rosa on location, we know that our viewers will be treated to an unparalleled viewing experience.”

Menetre and Gollwitzer are excited about the partnership with Equus TV and the opportunities it brings for filmmakers. 

“We’re thrilled to have EQUUS TV promote TRIFF to their audience and potentially help our filmmakers gain exposure and distribution opportunities,” said Menetre.

Gollwitzer echoed Menetre’s sentiment, adding, “This partnership allows us to expand our reach and connect with a wider audience who shares our passion for equestrian-themed films. We believe this collaboration will bring tremendous value to the filmmakers and the TRIFF community.”

If you are an equine filmmaker that has a film you want to submit, head on over to the TRIFF website to find out how to enter. Entry is already open and does not end until the “Regular Deadline on August 1, 2023.”  Filmmakers can also submit directly at

For more information about the Tryon International Film Festival and how to enter, visit TRIFF online at and for the EQUUS Television Network visit


Submitted by Kirk Gollwitzer