Submissions for NFFTY 2015 are now CLOSED
All submitters will be notified on March 2.
We have raised the age of eligibility for NFFTY submissions to 24 and under. Please view our official press release for more information.
What is NFFTY?
NFFTY is the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. In 2014, we screened 214 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 30 states and 15 countries, with over 12,000 in attendance. NFFTY 2015 will be April 23-26 in Seattle, WA.
In 2014, MovieMaker Magazine rated NFFTY as one of the top 50 festivals worth the entry fee.
Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees - Online Application and Film Received By:
Early Deadline: October 31, 2014 | $25
Mid Deadline: December 1, 2014 | $30
Regular Deadline: January 5, 2015 | $40
Late Deadline: January 26, 2015 | $50
Extended Deadline: February 7, 2015 | $50
**Middle East Waiver – Submission fees for NFFTY 2015 will be waived for any filmmakers from Middle East countries as part of a special showcase initiative this year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of residency to request waiver.
- The film’s director(s) must have been 24 years old or younger at time of filming.
- All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed. See our Resource Guide.
- All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one category:
Feature – any narrative film over 30 minutes in length.
Short – any narrative short film under 30 minutes.
Documentary – documentary of any length.
Music Video – music video of any length.
Animation – any form of animation, any length.
Experimental – any length film that does not fit the mold of typical filmmaking.
- Note: Public Service Announcements, Commercials and film trailers are not eligible for consideration in any category.
Awards & Opportunities
- Festival Awards – We’ll be announcing specific Jury and Audience Awards closer to the festival.
- Original Content Projects – In the past year, we’ve given out $90,000 in cash to NFFTY Alumni to produce special branded projects. Once you’ve had a film accepted into NFFTY, you will be eligible for these opportunities.
- At The Festival – When you attend NFFTY as a Filmmaker, you get to meet fellow young filmmakers from around the world, network with industry leaders and grow as a filmmaker. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.
For Educators: View and download the NFFTY 2015 Educator Guide. This important document covers everything you need to know about submitting films to attending the festival in April.