ANNA BLINER 

FESTIVAL & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR / PROGRAMMER

This year's NFFTY filmmakers definitely know how to use the medium of film to transmit emotion and awareness on a range of topics. There's a beautiful honesty and transparency in these films. I have selected five films that provide the best overview of what is awaiting you at the festival. Start memorizing these filmmakers' names today -- you'll want to watch them as their careers unfold.

ANNA'S PICKS: 

STILL HERE 
Ryan Kreston - 23 | Pennsylvania
Opening Night 
"What does it mean to be lonely? Still Here is a gorgeous film that shows how an emotionless environment can cause strong feelings of despair as well as appreciation for interpersonal connections."

LAU & LAUDRUP 
Charlotte Brodthagen - 24 | Denmark
A Globe Less Traveled
"You think there might be no plausible connection between the outbreak of a zombie-like virus and refugee migration? You are mistaken!"

THE LIGHT GROUND
Lukas Väth - 22, Lukas Nicolaus - 22, Lucas Englander - 23 | Germany
Double Discovery 
"An extraordinary visual journey on speculating about the enigmatic course of life and time; on the unknown and the unpredictable; on expectance and hope."

BORROWED TIME
Ragnhild Nøst Bergem - 23,
Øystein Skattum - 21 | Norway
Powerful Grit 
"An insightful documentary on being trapped in your own paralized body, with a mind that is very much alive with thoughts, feelings and love."

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST 
Ceylan Carhoglu - 22, Nicole Jordan-Webber - 22 | California
Stories Of Us
"A cinematic exploration of the stunning environment of Laos and its elephants that are on the verge of extinction. This powerful documentary explores this problem, and the intimate relationship between the animal and its keepers."