PCFI receives grant from Carolinas Foothills Foundation

Published 11:36 am Monday, July 17, 2023

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POLK COUNTY—The Polk County Film Initiative has received a one-year grant from the Carolina Foothills Foundation for $24,040 for general support and youth programming for its Media Arts on the Move project. 

PCFI was founded in 2013 with the Next Generation Filmmakers project which supported youth media arts development and the implementation of its annual Tryon International Film Festival, now in its ninth year.

The grant will support up to 70 Polk and Rutherford County high school youth and faculty engaging in media arts programming during the Tryon International Film Festival, which is being held in Tryon, on October 6 – 8. The grant also provides free access to the TRIFF23 Education Institute workshops for Polk and Rutherford County registrants. Registration will open on August 1 at tryoninternationalfilmfestival.org.

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Youth participants will take part in a Media Arts Education & Career Fair, where middle and high school youth will learn about the stages of film production, higher education and career opportunities. Participants will also view student short films, and participate in a presentation and Q&A with keynote speaker, Linda Burns of the Atlanta PA Academy, which provides training for entry-level positions in the film industry as Production Assistants. 

Participants will also be provided with weekend passes to attend TRIFF23 film screenings and its Education Institute during the weekend-long event.  

To learn more about PCFI’s TRIFF23 education programming, contact Ashley Crane, Education Director, at triffeducation@gmail.com. To learn more about how you can be involved and support TRIFF23 programs, please contact Debra Torrence at directorpcfi@gmail.com.


Submitted by Debra Torrence