NFFTY 2013 Staff Picks04/19/2013
Check out the screenings that the NFFTY staff are most excited about!
One of my favorite parts of NFFTY are the incredible filmmaking panels we put together every year. A Web of Content: Filmmaking in the Digital Age (Friday @ 11:30a) is no exception. It will be a fascinating discussion on the latest trends and opportunities in filmmaking with an all star lineup or panelists. Another thing that makes NFFTY so special is the fact that unlike almost any other youth film festival, we screen features. This year I’m thrilled to present Double Featurette (Saturday @ 3:30p). The screening includes two mini features, Mesmerize and The Case of Amber Gram. These longer films always allow for a much deeper story and connection with the audience. They are great films that will pull you in and keep you watching. Finally this year, I’m stoked for Animated Your World (Sunday @ 3:00p). This is a fantastic lineup of animated films, from all different styles and genres. Sometimes it’s fun to just sit down and watch a bunch of super creative and playful films. Of course, every screening at NFFTY 2013 is outstanding, so see check out the full schedule too.
Everyone needs to cancel any plans they’ve made and show up for our Happy Hour Shorts screening (Friday@ 6:30pm). Not only are the films funny and uplifting, but if you are 21+ and show up an hour before the screening (5:30pm), with your ticket purchase there will be beer tasting from Fremont Brewing! Then I’m really looking forward to the Masterclass: Documentaries (Saturday @ 12:30pm). Anyone who is interested in being a documentary filmmaker, or who wants to learn from a filmmaking master should definitely attend. The presenter, Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, is coming here all the way from Denmark to share her expertise! And since I LOVE music videos, I’m super excited to watch the Musical Masterpiece screening (Sunday @ 4:00pm). I’ve been lucky enough to see a few of these ahead of time, and I can tell you – the music itself is great and the films are AMAZING!
The #kindawesome inspiration screening (Sunday @ 2:00 PM) is a new addition to our festival lineup and I highly recommend it. Sponsored by KIND Snacks, the screening showcases films that all focus on people and organizations that are doing awesome, inspirational work around the world. Some of the films films shed light on people who have over come personal obstacles, and others focus on people who are doing their part to make the world a more awesome place. So do the #kindawesome thing and check out this batch of films! Every year, NFFTY’s grittiest dramas are screened together in a Powerful Grit screening (Saturday @ 6:30 PM). This block of moving, evocative films is a personal favorite screening of mine. These shorts dive deep into some hard-hitting human emotions and leave you with a lasting emotional impact. To be so emotionally affected by a short film made by a young filmmaker is a unique experience, and something that makes NFFTY truly special. The Create A Career: Life After NFFTY panel (Friday @ 2:00 PM) is a must-see for filmmakers, industry professionals, and the whole film-loving community. Four current and alumni NFFTY filmmakers will discuss the path they paved to a successful working career and how they utilized NFFTY to help launch their careers in the industry. Each panelist has built a career in a very different part of the film industry, so each will offer a unique point-of-view of how to find a trade and jump-start a career post-NFFTY.
Filmmaker & Outreach Coordinator
I’m really excited for people to see the films in Keep It Cinematic. This is a great showcase of the artistic genius that these filmmakers possess and it’s a beautiful screening to experience. One of my other picks would have to be Life on Earth. I love documentaries, and this screening is the perfect way to learn about a variety of issues and stories in a short timeframe. My last pick would have to be Experimental Shorts. This screening offers a really unique opportunity to see just how creative this group of filmmakers is, it’s pretty inspirational!