Filmmakers Attending NFFTY

Back to Main  | Why Attend NFFTY?  | Filmmakers FAQ

NFFTY 2018 is October 25 - 28 in Seattle, Washington. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet other young filmmakers from around the world, network with Hollywood industry, gain press and exposure for yourself and your film, and have an amazing weekend filled with film screenings, parties, and fun!

Watch this short video of NFFTY 2016 Recap. We strongly encourage you to find a way to come to the festival!


Filmmaker Passes get you into all screenings as well as filmmaker-only events and are provided only to filmmakers whose films have been accepted into NFFTY 2018. We provide ONE FREE Filmmaker Pass per film.  For films with more than one filmmaker listed on an entry, additional Filmmaker Passes can be purchased. To claim your free pass and to purchase any additional Filmmaker Passes needed, go to Filmmaker Pass and use the unique code sent in your acceptance email. If you can’t find it, then check FilmFreeway where you submitted your film. The Tracking ID you were assigned will also allow you to redeem your pass.

Discounted Filmmaker Passes are only valid for filmmakers of NFFTY films. However, general admission passes, Opening Night Gala tickets, and single show tickets for family, friends, and crew can be purchased at Passes ALWAYS sell out – so don't delay!

All passes will be available upon arrival at The Mediterranean Inn Thursday October 25th from 11am – 3pm, then at various opening night venues throughout the rest of the evening. They can be picked up Friday – Sunday at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.


Wonderful – you’ve decided to come to NFFTY. If you’re not a local, you need to book your flight and hotel. If you are under 18, you need to come with a parent or someone over 18.


Plan to arrive on Thursday, October 25th by mid-afternoon. NFFTY’s Opening Night Gala kicks off at 4:30 PM with a red carpet experience and a press wall. The Opening Night screening begins at 6:30 PM in SIFF Cinema Uptown, followed by a catered after-party at MOHAI – located in an historic building on Seattle's South Lake Union. The festival concludes on Sunday, October 28th with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony, beginning at 8:00 PM.


Airfares from most major US cities to Seattle are currently $100-$200 each way. 


Mediterranean Inn (Next door to the Uptown Cinema)
Attendees will need to call the hotel directly to make reservation at 206-428-4700 or email a request to Please ask for the NFFTY group rate. If booking via any website or travel agent, the festival rate will not be honored. Cancellation Policy: Should you change your plans and decide to cancel your reservation, please let The Mediterranean know by 4:00 PM 24 hours prior to arrival date to avoid first night room and taxes charges.

Maxwell Hotel (2 Blocks from all main festival venues, 300 Roy Street)
To Make reservations call – 866-866-7977 or email –
When you call or email to book your room, you must reference NFFTY 2018 to receive the special discounted rate of $169/night + tax. Rate applies to single/double occupancy. Add $20/each additional person. 


If you would like to be matched with another visiting filmmaker and share a double queen room, email


If you plan on flying into Seattle for NFFTY 2018, we recommend you use the Century Link Light Rail or other public transportation to travel from SeaTac Airport to your hotel. The Light Rail is connected to the airport and costs under $3 per trip. If you’re staying at the Mediterranean Inn or the Maxwell Hotel, you’ll want to ride the Light Rail all the way to the last stop and take a hotel shuttle, a cab/Uber, or the bus to your hotel. If you are 18 or younger and plan on traveling alone to the festival, we can help you find alternate transportation solutions, just email the NFFTY Festival Manager, Dan Hudson, at

More information soon.  Please keep checking back to the Filmmakers Page as we will add updates frequently.