Official Rules & Guidelines
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Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees – Online Application and Film Received By:
Early Deadline: October 31, 2013 | $25
Mid Deadline: November 30, 2013 | $30
Regular Deadline : January, 15, 2014 | $40
Late Deadline: January 31, 2014 | $50
**An extra $10 per submission is added if you choose to mail in a DVD rather than preferred upload method.
**Middle East Waiver – Submission fees for NFFTY 2014 will be waived for any filmmakers from Middle East countries as part of a special showcase initiative this year. Email email@example.com with proof of residency to request waiver.
- The film’s director(s) must have been 22 years old or younger at time of filming.
- All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed. See our Resource Guide.
- All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one category:
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 under 15 minutes that represents, showcases or is inspired by Action Sports.
Hustle – short film of any style (animation, doc, narrative) following stories about the everyday urban hustle for the pursuit of a passion. Presented by vitaminwater
Note: Public Service Announcements, Commercials and film trailers are not eligible for consideration in any category.
Awards & Opportunities
Festival Awards – We’ll be announcing specific Jury and Audience Awards closer to the festival.
Original Content Projects – In the past year, we’ve given out $90,000 in cash to NFFTY Alumni to produce special branded projects. Once you’ve had a film accepted into NFFTY, you will be eligible for these opportunities.
Hustle Award – The winner of the Hustle category this year will receive a $5,000 grant to go towards pursuing your passion.
At The Festival – When you attend NFFTY as a Filmmaker, you get to meet fellow young filmmakers from around the world, network with industry leaders and grow as a filmmaker. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.
A selection of short films from NFFTY 2014 will be picked for a limited-run online NFFTY film festival around early May 2014. Those filmmakers will also be notified on or around March 1st. See filmmaker release for further information.
Online Application: Must be completed online no later than midnight PST, January 31, 2014.
Digital Upload: You will have the option of uploading your film to a secure website as part of the application process. All films will be watched by our judges via this secure screening process. Films submitted via DVD will still be uploaded to this system, so we highly recommend filmmakers do their own uploading to ensure a high quality and error free submission.
Submit Link: If your film is already online, you can submit the link to your film along with the password, if password protected.
DVD Mail In: **There will be a $10 surcharge per DVD to cover personnel time and overhead. 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:
39 Mesa Street
Production Suite One
San Francisco, CA 94129 U.S.A
DVDs must be labeled with the film title and the Entry Number that you will receive from the online application process. DVDs will not be returned. The Final Deadline for receiving all films is January 31, 2013.
Payment: We encourage you to pay entry fees online during the online application process. Otherwise checks can be mailed separately to NFFTY, 1319 Dexter Avenue North, #250, Seattle, WA 98109.
International Submissions. International entrants who do not pay online must use an international money order payable to NFFTY.
Film Stills. If your film is accepted, you must be able to provide a film still that is a minimum 300dpi and high quality. A film still should be from the film itself and draw viewers in and make your film look appealing.
Synopsis. The 3-line synopsis you submit when filling out your online application will be used in the festival guide, on the NFFTY website and for other promotions, so write an interesting, compelling description of your film. NFFTY reserves the right to edit the synopsis for length and grammar.
Multiple Entries. More than one entry may be submitted. However, each entry must be submitted as a new film with a separate online entry form, a unique registration number, an additional entry fee, and on a separate DVD, if mailed in rather than uploaded. There is a 25% discount for each additional film submitted under the same user account. The system will automatically apply the discount. There will be no discounts or refunds once you process your payment.
Notification. If your film is selected to be part of NFFTY 2013, you will be notified via email on or about March 1, 2014. You will also be notified by email if your film is not selected. Please make sure that you notify us if your email changes, and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe sender email list. We often have problems getting emails through to school email addresses (e.g. .edu, .gov.), so if you have a personal email address, that is preferable for your entry.
Feedback. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond with any feedback or explanations if your film is not accepted. The need for additional editing is the most common factor making the difference between a film that is selected and a film that is not. But we also receive many more worthy films than we have programming space to screen, so don’t be discouraged if your film does is not accepted.
Film Distribution. Films selected for NFFTY 2014 may have the opportunity to take part in distribution opportunities through NFFTY. Distribution may include Internet, TV, in-flight, and more. See filmmaker release below for further information regarding distribution.
Exhibition Requirements. Films selected for NFFTY 2014 must send in an exhibition copy of your film as a Full resolution QuickTime file (pro-res 422 is best). The exhibition copy of film must be received no later than March 12, 2014. Exhibition copies will not be returned unless filmmaker includes a pre-paid envelope or makes other shipping arrangements.
I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to NFFTY and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.
I grant permission to NFFTY to use film clips/stills for promotional use. I allow NFFTY and any third parties at NFFTY the right to film, videotape and photograph my appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the festival and The Talented Youth.
I understand I will be added to the NFFTY email newsletter lists and receive email updates from NFFTY. My name and email may also be shared with 3rd party partners. In both cases, I can always unsubscribe via the email footer.
If this film is accepted into NFFTY 2014, I grant NFFTY the non-exclusive right to right to show, distribute and market my film in its entirety as NFFTY sees fit, including but not limited to packaging and inclusion in sponsorship deals and other business related activities related to NFFTY. This also includes but is not limited to presenting films as part of the NFFTY online festival component, Best of NFFTY at other film festivals and other screenings, showcases or distribution with 3rd party partners. Exceptions and requests to opt out will be granted only by written request and must be made prior to acceptance into festival or when film obtains other distribution that would prohibit any aspect of this.
NFFTY may actively pursue other distribution opportunities for the film. I acknowledge that I may be asked to complete and sign additional distribution agreements. It is always my choice to accept or reject these offers. NFFTY does not take any copyright or ownership of my film.
Submitting a film to NFFTY constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and NFFTY. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film by NFFTY in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.
I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.