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Eighth Annual Film Festival Featuring Best New Directors Announces Closing Night Film & Initiative to Support Female Filmmakers

SEATTLE, WA (February 4, 2014) – The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is excited to announce its 2014 film festival, which will take place April 24 – 27 in Seattle, Washington. NFFTY is the world’s largest and most influential youth film festival, showcasing work by filmmakers 22 and younger from around the globe. After breaking attendance and submission records in 2013, NFFTY is entering its eighth year stronger than ever. Over 12,000 people attended NFFTY 2013, screening 215 films from a variety of genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental and music videos.

NFFTY seeks opportunities to encourage and promote the best new filmmakers. Supporting a diverse group of filmmakers, last year’s festival included films from 30 states and 20 countries.  This year, under new Managing Director Stefanie Malone, NFFTY is launching efforts to address the issue of gender inequality in film.  “In an industry where only 9% of directors and 25% of producers are women, NFFTY wants to provide opportunities where emerging female filmmakers can feel supported to pursue their passions,” Malone said.  Efforts include new partnerships and programs and the launch of a “Best New Female Director” award at the 2014 festival.

Additionally, this year’s festival will premiere the first originally produced documentary by NFFTY, A Supporting Role, which will screen at the Closing Night Event. This documentary features the work of three NFFTY alumni – Alex Bohs, Joel McCarthy and Caleb Slain – who traveled around the world to tell the story of Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit seeking to combat the issue of undernutrition.  The Closing Night film will screen at the SIFF Uptown Theatre on Sunday, April 27.

The complete festival lineup will be announced Thursday, March 20, including details about the Opening Night Screening Event at Seattle’s landmark movie theatre, The Cinerama.

NFFTY is a unique opportunity for the world’s best new filmmakers to gather and showcase the voice of their generation across circumstances and cultures. NFFTY alumni have been breaking into Hollywood as commercial directors, independent film directors, animators, actors and more. Founded to nurture, promote, and encourage young filmmakers, NFFTY has hit on a powerful need, leading the festival to grow exponentially each year.

About NFFTY
NFFTY is the largest and most influential film festival in the world for young filmmakers. NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle and includes over 200 film screenings, panels, contests, parties and networking opportunities for young filmmakers. Young filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental and action sport categories. Since its launch in 2007, NFFTY has screened films from 1,244 filmmakers from 38 countries, ranging in age from 7 – 22 years.  For updates and news on NFFTY 2014, visit www.NFFTY.org or www.facebook.com/nffty.

NFFTY is pleased to acknowledge its Presenting Sponsors of the 2014 Festival:  Volvo Cars of North America, LLC and vitaminwater®.

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For more information:
Email: kaleigh@nffty.org
Phone: 206.905.8400