Tryon International Film Festival Information


The Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) and Emerge MultiMedia is pleased to present the Tryon International Film Festival! TRIFF is fast becoming one of the most popular film festivals in the Southeastern United States. In its fourth year the governor of North Carolina has proclaimed it as the "North Carolina State Film Festival." All proceeds benefit the PCFI and help fund promoting the film industry in the Carolina Foothills. But it's far more than that. There's something enlightening for everyone…

  • Six venues projecting almost 100 fims over two and a half days

  • Exciting Gala both evenings

  • A Film Trade Expo for filmaking vendors, businesses and organizations

  • Industry leaders panels and Call Out (think shark tank for novice filmakers!)

  • Plenty of Food Trucks offering many different cuisines and beverages

  • Festival memorabilia for sale

For your health and safety…
• NO pets
• NO coolers
• NO backpacks

ALL bags are subject to inspection.


Finding the Festival

The Festival is spread across 6 venues in scenic downtown Tryon, NC. Use Google maps from any address to find the Festival Headquarters at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, where you can turn in your tickets to pick up or purchase your festival passes, pick up your program and purchase Festival merchandise. Find a map of the festival venues here



  • Friday Night Gala at the Tryon Fine Arts Center

  • Saturday Night Gala at the Tryon Fine Arts Center


  • Two Day (Saturday & Sunday) Movie Pass & Awards Ceremony

  • One Day Saturday Movie Pass

  • One Day Sunday Movie Pass & Awards Ceremony

Purchase your tickets before October 5th at EventBrite.

Bring your proof of purchase to the Festival Headquarters at the Tryon Fine Arts Center to pick up your pass

Passes may also be purchased day of at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. 

We strongly recommend you purchase Gala event passes ahead of time as those events have limited seating and do sell out.

Thank our Sponsors

Our Sponsors are amazing.  When you see a sponsor or a sponsoring business, please say thank you or stop by their establishment to let them know who much we appreciate them.  The Tryon International Film Festival powered by Emerge Multimedia would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors and our community coming together.

Thank our Volunteers

We could not put on Tryon's premiere film event without the support and hospitality of our film-loving volunteers.  Look for the TRIFF Volunteer Team throughout the festival and please say Thank You, give them a high-five or gentle pat on the back. Show your love! Join our volunteers here.

Parking and Transportation


Parking is FREE and all the venues are an easy walking distance to each othe. See the Festival map for public parking areas.

other points of interest


Soak up some local flavor while you are in town. Visit the Polk County Visitor Center or the Tryon Visitor Center.

  2018 by Polk County Film Initiative - Tryon International Film Festival, 285 North Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782 •

Help ensure the Tryon International Film Festival continues to support excellent filmmakers. Donate securely here

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