Tryon International Film Festival

Online Edition 

Oct. 9-11, 2020


July 19, 2020


WELL!  It has been one hell of a last few months since we’ve last updated you, so let us begin with where we are now.  


There was never a time we ever considered cancelling our film festival because of COVID-19 and the problems in the world.  There were times, however, we were very challenged about how we visualized what our film festival would look like in October. 


We have seen other high profile festivals go digital and witnessed the challenges that they faced in captivating an audience base.  But by some rare stroke of good luck, we were contacted by an international digital film festival platform that completely pressed all the buttons on our functional wish list. 


We are now very excited about our plans moving forward as we coin our October festival as being an "Online Edition". 


The beauty of this year's festival is the fact that the filmmakers who have submitted their films will be able to invite their friends, supporters and crew members to our digital festival during our run-days, along with an added ability to view, support and enjoy these wonderful films, post-festival, for an entire week following. 


So far-- we have received superb works of film art from more than 23 countries and the filmmakers that are selected into our programming will be able to unite their fans around the globe and enjoy our festival within the safety of their homes. 


Further, with the bulk of our film screenings being shown online, a live portion of our film festival will still be buzzing in our wonderful town of Tryon, NC. 


We plan to have our opening gala, with social distancing standards in place, at our outside amphitheater known as Roger's Park, complete with after-dark films, both on Friday and Saturday evening. 


Several private screening parties are also on tap for the weekend, which begins on October 9, 10 and 11. 


We will have a dedicated interview team reaching out to the filmmakers around the world to capture their excitement and personal experiences of their film production process, and every filmmaker will have the opportunity to digitally introduce their film. 


For those who can visit our town, we expect it will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with our locals, actors, directors, writers, producers at our evening outdoor events, VIP Lounge and after parties. 


So, in celebration of our outstanding film festival, we eagerly approach our Sixth season with the tagline “We Take You There”.   


Beau Menetre and I continue our passionate mission to become one of the leading and most unique film festivals in the world.  That might sound like an extremely lofty objective, but we believe that the Town of Tryon along with our supportive community, building a world class film festival is very possible.


We must push forward---because storytelling and film creation never stops and we are driven to support those hard working film creators towards future success.    

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