For Educators

Thanks for your interest in NFFTY! NFFTY is the world’s largest and most influential film festival for emerging filmmakers age 24 and under. Now entering its 12th year, the festival offers a jam-packed four days filled with films, great speakers, parties and more and our first ever foray into 360° with an accompanying gallery, panel and workshop!

We continue to be acknowledged as leaders in our industry — twice awarded the One of the 50 Best Fests Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine (2016, 2014). We work very hard to make this festival a meaningful and educational experience for all of our filmmakers and visiting students!

Please hang our NFFTY outreach poster in your classroom to help us get the word out! 



Whether or not your students have a film at NFFTY, student group field trips are highly encouraged due to the educational experience that the festival can provide.  Every year we bring out industry professionals that connect and speak to students and festival-goers. Last year we offered special conversations with renowned filmmakers: Wikke & Rasmussen, Danish filmmakers who discussed their 30+ year careers in comedy; and Chris Moore, producer of Good Will Hunting, Manchester by the Sea and the American Pie series. 

For the fourth year, we’ll be hosting a Works In Progress screening which is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to screen unfinished projects and receive constructive feedback from a panel of industry professionals. Submissions accepted through September 28th!

Fridays and Saturdays are generally filled with screenings and panel discussions/workshops by industry professionals. Each screening event at NFFTY is followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers in attendance. About 80% of our filmmakers travel to NFFTY each year, which makes a strong presence at these panel discussions.


  • We offer exceptional pricing for groups of 10 or more at NFFTY. Group pricing starts at $27 for Single Day Passes, $60 for Three Day Passes and $75 for 3 Days + Opening Night.
  • It is highly suggested that tickets are purchased before traveling to the festival, as most of the festival events and screenings tend to sell out.


If you are interested in a classroom presentation for your students, the NFFTY team is available! We are happy to share information on the upcoming line-up, what to expect, networking suggestions and more -- providing some special sneak peeks! 

We visit local classrooms [Washington] in person. We also schedule presentations via Skype and Google Hangout for our out-of-town schools! Contact to schedule a visit!


Here's a look at this year's Educator Guide on Submitting Films.

Dates: October 25 - 28, 2018
Location: Seattle, Washington
The 12th Anniversary of NFFTY will kick off with Opening Night on Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 PM with a Gala following afterwards. The festival runs through Sunday evening, October 28th. In addition to screenings, there will also be networking events, panel discussions, a Masterclass, parties, a 360° gallery, 360° bootcamp and more.

Submitting films

Film Submissions: We use FilmFreeway for our film submission process.
Ages: We accept films made by directors 24 years and younger. Last year’s festival had filmmakers as young as 5 years old and as old as 24. We make sure to make room for a variety of ages.
Genres: We accept shorts and full-length films, including narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and music videos. We are accepting VR and 360° films this year in its own separate category.
Not Accepted: We do not accept trailers or PSAs.
Educators May Submit: Teachers may submit films on behalf of their students.
Educator Discount: Teachers may receive 20% off film submissions, when submitting three or more films. Please contact to receive a unique code.

Opening & Deadlines
The call for films opened February 15, 2018. Please visit our Submit page for deadlines and more info.

Notifications: All students who submit work will be contacted by early September 2018. All filmmakers accepted will receive one All-Access Filmmaker Pass per film. There will be additional filmmaker passes for purchase as well.

While Sundance and other film festivals have a program for youth, NFFTY is entirely designed with the young filmmaker in mind. Filmmaking is, by necessity, a collaborative art form, so building a network is a critical first step for every young filmmaker. NFFTY gives youth the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and each other as they meet other young filmmakers from all over the world… We routinely travel out of state to visit college programs, tour the industry, or attend film festivals. If NFFTY was on another continent, the trip would be worth it.
— Matt Lawrence, Educator, Ballard High School