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Launch of New Website / 2011 Call for Entries


All Ages to Benefit from Website’s Focus on Filmmaker Resources and Practical Tips From NFFTY Filmmaker Alumni and Other Film Professionals

September  29, 2010 (Seattle, WA)—Responding to its extraordinary growth and pressing forward with its ongoing mission to encourage and enable young filmmakers, NFFTY today re-launched its website with a focus on providing one-stop access to a wide variety of filmmaker resources and year-round education. Under the leadership of its co-founder and Executive Director Jesse Harris, NFFTY has seen exponential growth over its four year history and has quickly established itself as the leading film festival in the country for young filmmakers. Focusing on digital media artists aged twenty-two and younger, NFFTY 2010 featured 190 films by filmmakers in 33 states and 16 countries including work by filmmakers as young as seven-years-old.

NFFTY 2011 will run from April 28 through May 1. The submission deadline is January 31st. Details can be found at the new website:

Today’s website re-launch includes many new features including:

  • A revolving, freely available selection of short films from previous NFFTY Festivals
  • A variety of filmmaking resources including links to film schools, film festivals and other related websites plus examples of filmmaking tools such as talent and location releases
  • A free ‘Call Board’ for posting crew jobs, internships and other media-related positions
  • A ‘Filmmaker GPS’ link where visitors can learn more about NFFTY alumni from around the globe and communicate with them directly
  • An ‘Ask The Experts’ section featuring advice from film professionals of every stripe
  • The ‘Your Say’ blog enabling an open, wide-ranging dialogue where users can share personal filmmaking stories, advice and commentary.

In addition, early in 2011, will launch its 5-Minute Film School. Sponsored in part by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 5-Minute Film School will provide free workshops for on-demand viewing that will cover professional-level training in all aspects of filmmaking.

According to Executive Director Jesse Harris, NFFTY and its new website represent necessary and vital resource available nowhere else. “Before we started NFFTY, there was no youth film festival that supported and showcased young directors like we do. We filled that need. After 4 years of working with the next generation of filmmakers, we’ve realized that the world was in desperate need of a website specifically for and about youth filmmaking. Our new website will enable even more film fans to be exposed to the talents of young directors while filmmakers will be given tools and opportunities that will enable them to be better filmmakers.”


NFFTY is the flagship program of The Talented Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that was founded in 2007. NFFTY has grown into the worlds largest youth film festival. Each year the festival in Seattle showcases films by directors 22 and under to audiences of over 7,000. NFFTY’s mission, professionalism and youth focus has won it the support of such corporate sponsors as Volvo Cars of North America, Nike, HBO, vitaminwater, Comcast, Microsoft and others. For more information visit: