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Nearly 700 Films Submitted to NFFTY 2011

Youth-made film submissions reflect a more united world

(Seattle, WA, Feb. 16, 2011)  The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) closed film submissions yesterday, receiving nearly 700 submissions, almost double the number from the previous year.  The festival received submissions from 25 countries and 40 US states.  There were also significantly more submissions from female filmmakers than in past years.

This year’s festival theme is “United By Film, Future By NFFTY.”  The hope is to demonstrate how everyone is brought together by film and that the future of film will be seen at NFFTY.  This year’s submissions embody the united by film theme.  Despite cultural and geographic differences, all youth are drawn to share stories about basic emotions and the human condition.

Interestingly, NFFTY programmers have noticed that the economic downturn and world issues have made a strong impact on youth all across the world.  “Even though many films are uplifting and comedic, there is an increase this year in films dealing with darker and more serious issues,” comments Jesse Harris, Executive Director.

NFFTY will present this year’s collection of films April 28 through May 1st in Seattle.  Kicking off the festival is Opening Night at Cinerama directly followed by an after-party at the Space Needle.  “This has been a great year for NFFTY. We’ve launched a youth filmmaking workshop series, membership program, had a heavy traffic increase on our website and developed relationships with exciting new sponsors.  NFFTY 2011 presenting sponsors are: Volvo Cars of North America, Bing, Nike 6.0, and Imbee.com,” states Harris.

Festival Passes and Opening Night Gala tickets are available now online at www.nffty.org, with individual tickets and the complete schedule becoming available online March 8.

ABOUT NFFTY

NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) NFFTY is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers (age 22 and under). NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes up to 200 film screenings, filmmaking panels, film contests, parties, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. Young filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and action sport categories.  More than 10,000 film fans are expected at NFFTY 2011, April 28-May 1.