National Film Festival for Talented Youth | Seattle Youth Film Festival | Student Film Festival

Our Organization

NFFTY/The Talented Youth

The Talented Youth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that was founded in 2007 with NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) as its flagship program.

NFFTY has grown into the world’s largest youth film festival. Each year the festival showcases films by directors 22 and under.

NFFTY & The Talented Youth support young filmmakers by offering professional level workshops year-round. In addition NFFTY.org hosts filmmaker resources, tips, news and information.

Within NFFTY lies a creative production company, NFFTY Creative, that connects brands with emerging talent to produce original content.

Our Mission

The mission of The Talented Youth is the encouragement and acknowledgement of young artists working in the media arts – promoting their accomplishments through festivals and programs and celebrating the extraordinary talent that exists and the compelling stories they tell.  We seek to address marked needs in education and networking for young artists, and to expand opportunities for promotion of their work to a larger audience.

The mission of NFFTY is to enable, nurture, promote and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to inspire, lead and entertain the world with their stories.

The mission of NFFTY 365 is to provide year-round opportunities for the promotion of youth filmmaking and the education of young filmmakers.

The mission of Youth Filmmaking Excellence is to provide professional level training to young filmmakers in order to increase their artistic and technical filmmaking skills.

The mission of NFFTY Creative is to provide original content production, produced by our in-house creative leaders as well as past NFFTY Alumni filmmakers, for our sponsors.

Core Operating Values

  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Anything taken on is done to exceed expectations
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Social responsibility
  • Financial sustainability
  • Creativity and thinking outside the box
  • Flexibility

Vision Statement

The Talented Youth produces the most influential youth film festival in the world and serves as a venue and convergence for the most talented up and coming youth directors to showcase their films as well as introduce them to industry professionals and other professional development opportunities.