Polk County Film Initiative announces paid student internships

Published 12:06 pm Monday, January 29, 2024

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POLK COUNTY—Applications for paid four-week remote or hybrid internships during the 2024 spring semester with the Polk County Film Initiative are now open. Funding for the internships is provided by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western NC.

A total of four $500 remote/hybrid college internships will be assigned to students selected through an application submitted online and a telephone interview. The internships are designed to increase understanding about film festival development and administration, advance film production resources and opportunities in WNC, and build student portfolios with credit on materials for contributions to publications and web-based research as PCFI develops “Camera-Ready Region” assets to support film production and media arts in western North Carolina.

Applications are due no later than February 14, 2024. Applicants must be attending a college or university in Western NC (second-year community college student or sophomore or higher-level university student at Blue Ridge or Isothermal Community College, Brevard College, University of Asheville, Warren Wilson College or Western Carolina).

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Selected interns will work alongside PCFI’s Executive Director and Education Director between March 4 – April 25, 2024.  Internship projects include:                                       

  • Digital Cinema / Time Based Media / Film & Television Production – develop two short film reels about the 10th year of the film festival (TRIFF24)
  • Journalism – develop a podcast about digital cinema/filmmaking in WNC including TRIFF’s history & future plans.
  • Graphic Design – develop three graphics for use on the TRIFF website and social media. 

To apply, visit https://www.tryoninternationalfilmfestival.org/education. 

PCFI was founded in 2014, offering a one-year film-making course, the Next Generation

Film Project, for youth ages nine to 16 years. In 2023, TRIFF partnered with area middle and high schools to engage youth in a Media Arts Education & Career Day, expand its Education Institute and add a Vendor Expo to support current and grow new generations of filmmakers in the region. 

For more information about the Tryon International Film Festival please visit tryoninternationalfilmfestival.org.


Submitted by Debra Torrence