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National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) 2011

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers (age 22 and under).

NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes up to 200 film screenings, filmmaking panels, film contests, parties, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other.

Young filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and action sport categories. More than 6,000 film fans attend.


All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one of the following categories:

  • Feature – any narrative film over 30 minutes in length.
  • Short – any narrative short film under 30 minutes.
  • Documentary – documentary of any length.
  • Music Video – music video of any length.
  • Animation – any form of animation, any length.
  • Experimental – any length film that does not fit the mold of typical filmmaking.
  • Action Sports – any film 10 minutes or under that represents, showcases or is inspired by Action Sports including skateboard, snowboard, surf, wake, BMX, and freeski.

Reasons to attend the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY):

  • See your film shown in a state-of-the-art theater and grow as a filmmaker by receiving audience feedback following your film’s screening.
  • Meet and learn from Hollywood industry professionals who attend NFFTY and participate in panels and workshops.
  • Meet other young filmmakers from across the US and the world.
  • Have fun! NFFTY is a weekend of parties, music, food, and meeting great people.


Every film that is accepted gets 1 complimentary VIP pass to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Deeply discounted Festival Passes and Opening Night Tickets will be offered to all filmmakers for cast and crew, family, and friends.

NFFTY presents both Jury and Audience awards during the festival as well as a NFFTY Earth Award for the best film with an environmental, social justice, or international peace theme. Other special awards are sometimes awarded too.


  • The film’s director(s) must have been 22 years old or younger at completion of filming.
  • International directors are eligible to enter.
  • Films must be entered into only one of seven categories.
  • All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be original or filmmakers must have obtained permission from the owner.
  • All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

How to enter?

Before you start the online application, make sure you have the following items ready:

  • Good quality digital file of your film for upload. See Encoding Guidelines.
  • Film Still (300 dp1 recommended)
  • Synopsis and other film/director information
  • Credit Card Payment ready or mail in check
  1. Complete an online application no later than midnight PST, 31 January 2011.
  2. Upload your film or mail in DVD

    If you choose not to upload your film, immediately after completing your online application, send a DVD (Region 0 or 1) of your film (one film per DVD for multiple submissions) to:

    NFFTY Submissions
    1750 Montgomery St.
    Suite 150
    San Francisco, CA 94111

If you have additional questions about the rules, submission process or festival, email: filmmakers [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Entry fee

  • $25 – Until 30 November 2010
  • $35 – Until 31 January 2011