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Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Lautner and other

celebrities on hand to award grants to film-related causes

(August 5, 2011 – Seattle, WA) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (producer of The Golden Globes) awarded a record $1.5 Million in grants to film-related organizations on August 4th, including funding for the 2nd year in a row to Seattle based NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) for NFFTY’s Youth Filmmaking Excellence project.

Youth Filmmaking Excellence provides professional level film training to middle and high school students in the Seattle area and beyond. The project launched last fall and has provided daylong workshops on editing, cinematography, writing and production design, taught by film industry leaders. You can watch video segments from past workshops on

The grants were given out a star-studded Grants and Installation Luncheon in Beverly Hills. Celebrities accepting donations on behalf of the organizations included Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Gerard Butler, Hugh Dancy, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Bacon, Lea Michele, Taylor Lautner, Elizabeth Olsen, Yoshiki and Jim Sturgess.

NFFTY/The Talented Youth is the only Washington based organization to receive funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “We applaud the HFPA for their continued support of the next generation of great filmmakers. Without their support, talented young people both here in Seattle and across the country would not be able to learn the advanced skills to take their careers further and have their voices eventually heard via the power of filmmaking”, commented NFFTY Executive Director, Jesse Harris.

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NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)
is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers (age 22 and under). NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes over 200 films, 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 8,000 film fans attended NFFTY 2011. NFFTY 2012 is scheduled for April 26-29. More info: