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Tryon International Film Festival

The 2nd Annual Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) will be held October 8–9 in Tryon. The festival, under the direction of the nonprofit Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI), features screenings of independent films from around the world. Awards are presented in six categories including features, documentaries and short films. A gala event, the screening of Robert Redford’s American Epic, will open the festival on Friday, October 7, at 6 p.m.

Organizers Beau Menetre and Kirk Gollwitzer expect to repeat the success of last year’s festival by screening 35 films that they say have exceeded expectations. “We have some very powerful films,” says Menetre, “especially in our new Human Rights category. One in particular called Camp 72 is one of the most powerful documentaries I have ever watched.”

Last year’s winner, Lama La, will make its world premiere at this year’s festival. Nepali director Nischal Poudyal and the entire film team from Kathmandu will “walk the red carpet,” says Menetre. “They have a lot to celebrate as this is a wonderful and inspiring film.”

Films will be screened at Tryon Theatre, the Tryon Fine Arts Center and the Tryon Depot. There will even be screenings against the front wall of the recently restored historic Missildine building. The Lanier Library will be a venue for artists to give talks.

Building on last year’s festival, Menetre likes providing “the opportunity to engage with the filmmaker right after you watch their movie. That is a signature touch that I would like to continue with TRIFF for many years to come.”

“It is the mission of PCFI to launch a perennial film festival,” says Gollwitzer, “that will continue on for generations. We want filmmakers around the world to recognize the name, ‘Tryon,’ as one of the leading film festivals in the world.”

To learn more about TRIFF 2016, including a schedule of events and ticket information, visit

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