Tryon International Film Festival names first annual Awe Project winners

Published 12:50 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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POLK COUNTY—Tryon International Film Festival has named the winners of the first annual Awe Project. 

The Awe Project is a student filmmaking competition that invites North and South Carolina high school and college students to submit a 1-to-2-minute film about something that inspires them and brings them a sense of awe. There is no fee to participate. 

High school senior Erica Ellis (Artios Academies of Greenville, S.C.) and college senior Audrey Buffington (Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.) were this year’s winners. 

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The 2023 film entries were screened and awards were presented on Friday, October 6, as part of TRIFF’s first Media Arts Education & Career Day held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center with support from the Carolina Foothills Foundation. Spartanburg visual effects artist Justin Myrick, a recent graduate of the Savannah School of Art and Design, judged the films.

Erica’s film may be viewed on YouTube at To learn more about the filmmakers, contact Jessica Ellis at and Audrey Buffington at

For more information on the Awe Project, contact TRIFF Director of Education | Ashley Crane at


Submitted by Debra Torrence