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NFFTY 2016 Call For Entries


(Via Email)

What is NFFTY?

NFFTY is the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. In 2015, we screened 248 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 30 states and 25 countries, with over 12,000 in attendance.

NFFTY 2016, our 10th anniversary, will be held April 28 – May 1 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 – $25 – PASSED
Mid Deadline: November 30 – $30 – PASSED
Regular Deadline: January 4 – $40 – PASSED
Late Deadline: January 15 – $45 – PASSED
Final Deadline: January 30 – $50 – PASSED
Extended Deadline: February 7 – $55 – PASSED



  • 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.
  • The Dorothy Award: Presented by Canine Productions – One film featuring a strong female protagonist will receive a $500 cash award at NFFTY 2016. Any film submitted to the festival is eligible.
  • Original Content Projects – In the past year, we’ve given out over $100,000 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.

Please Read the Official Rules & FAQs before submitting! You may also download a copy here.

Educators, please download This Educator Guide filled with resources so you can plan for submitting and attending the festival.