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NFFTY Receives National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant

SEATTLE (December 13, 2013) – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that NFFTY [National Film Festival for Talented Youth] is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. NFFTY is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support outreach to young filmmakers, specifically supporting diversity among participants at the largest youth film festival in the world.

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants support two major outcomes: public engagement with diverse and excellent art and livability, or the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States,” said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “We’re proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities.”

NFFTY Managing Director Stefanie Malone states, “This is a wonderful opportunity that will allow NFFTY to conduct extensive outreach around the festival, helping us to support broaden our reach and ensure that we have a diverse representation of young filmmakers and media artists. We are grateful to the NEA for their support and belief in NFFTY’s mission and programming.”

See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at


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 over 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 12,000 film fans attended NFFTY 2013 with films from 30 states and 20 countries. NFFTY 2014 will be April 24 – 27.

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