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Seattle’s NFFTY has become the world’s largest youth film festival

(Seattle, WA, April 18, 2011) NFFTY 2011 is April 28-May 1 with the 5th annual festival marking a record-breaking year. NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is a hometown non-profit organization that produces what is now the largest youth film festival in the world. NFFTY 2011 will feature 225 films made by directors 22 years old and younger from 40 states and 20 countries. Nearly 10,000 film fans are expected.

Festival Highlights:

Opening Night Gala at Cinerama and The Space Needle
Audiences will experience a VIP arrival at Seattle’s iconic Cinerama Theater to start off NFFTY 2011. Six outstanding short films will be followed by a not-to-be-missed gala presented by Volvo Cars of North America at the Space Needle. Opening night passes include a round-trip shuttle service between Cinerama and the Space Needle. After party is an all-ages event with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Opening Night Gala: Thursday, April 28, 7:30pm @ Cinerama/Space Needle

Friday Night & Centerpiece Shorts
The films in these two screenings present some of the best youth-made films, or what many would argue are some of the world’s best short films, period. From comedy to drama, these films touch on everything from death and revenge to the joys of first love and recollections of the past. Heather Morris, Brittany from “Glee,” makes her directorial debut in the World Premiere of “The Elevator”. Stephen Baldwin makes a cameo in the coming of age drama “The Perfect Hurl”.
Friday Night Shorts: Friday, April 29, 7:00pm @ SIFF Cinema
Centerpiece Shorts: Saturday, April 30, 7:00pm @ SIFF Cinema

Who Said Happy Hour has to be at a Bar?
Film fans can celebrate TGIF by watching an afternoon of lighthearted short films and for those 21+, by enjoying a free beer from Fremont Brewing Company while watching the films. All ages welcome.
NFFTY Happy Hour: Friday, April 29, 5pm @ SIFF Cinema

Late Night Comedy and Horror Screenings
NFFTY is not a children’s film festival as many films deal with mature subject matter. NFFTY’s two late night screenings of suspense thrillers are sure to accelerate adrenaline. Late Night Comedy sponsored by Comedy Central’s is full of laugh-out-loud innuendos and below-the-belt taboo. These programs not recommended for those under 13.
Late Night Comedy: Friday, April 29, 9pm @ SIFF Cinema
Late Night Adrenaline: Friday, April 29, 11pm @ SIFF Cinema
On the Edge of Your Seat: Saturday, April 30, 11pm @ SIFF Cinema

The only thing more compelling then a great story is when it comes from real life. The NFFTY documentary screening follows a young boy using music to heal others while he battles cancer, the tale of a young girl’s decision to not eat meat, an inside view of roller derby, and a behind the scenes look at the everyday issues facing Israeli and Palestinian youth.
Through My Eyes: Saturday, April 30, 12:00pm @ Learning Lab, EMP
Real Life Documentaries: Sunday, May 1, 11:00am @ JBL Theater, EMP

A Film For Every Fan:
LGBT. Foreign. Animation. Experimental. Music Videos. Action Sports. Social Justice.
NFFTY 2011 has a film for anyone. A few unique programs:
Animation!: Saturday, April, 30, 1pm @ SIFF Cinema
Experimental Cinema: Saturday, April 30, 3pm @ JBL Theater, EMP
Action Sports presented by Nike 6.0: Saturday, April 30, 9pm @ SIFF Cinema
MP3’d: Saturday, April 30, 1pm @ JBL Theater, EMP
NFFTY Earth: Sunday, May 1, 1pm @ JBL Theater, EMP
United by Film: International Showcase: Saturday, April 30, 5pm @ SIFF Cinema

Closing Night: NW Scene
This year NFFTY features a record breaking 40 films from directors from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Audiences can view some of the best of these at the closing night screening, followed by an awards ceremony.
Closing Night: NW Scene: Sunday May 1, 6:30pm @ SIFF Cinema

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