Jan 22, 2019


NFFTY/The Talented Youth is excited to introduce Dan Hudson, Festival Manager for NFFTY 2018, as our new Managing Director effective January 2019.

“Dan has been a trusted colleague and staunch supporter of NFFTY for many years,” says Kyle Seago, NFFTY’s Co-Founder. “As we move toward our 13th festival, it’s a wonderful time for him to take the helm and infuse the organization with new energy and strong guidance. He’s an unwavering advocate for young filmmakers and has proven his vision and leadership skills through his tireless work in the Seattle arts community.”


A graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, Dan has over seven years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits in Seattle. He has primarily worked with theatre and film organizations in a variety of marketing, development, and operations roles---including several NFFTY festivals, Intiman Theatre, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, and Scarecrow Video. His programming for the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle's University District was profiled by The Stranger in March 2018. He will also be continuing a second year as President of the Advisory Council at TeenTix, working to make the arts more accessible and empowering for local youth.

“We believe NFFTY is the perfect organization for Dan to use those experiences, knowledge and passion for youth arts to serve a larger audience,” says Donna Brown, NFFTY Board President.

“I see this as such an exciting and pivotal time for NFFTY,” says Hudson. “We have continued to be the best four days of film programming in Seattle of any festival or series, and 2018 was our best yet...now we can imagine what else NFFTY could and should be---regionally, nationally, and internationally. We know the film and television industry is under-represented at all levels of power and influence for female-identified, filmmakers of color, and all marginalized communities. How can we as an organization help disrupt the status quo and shift the balance towards greater equity? I’m excited to see how we can build on the work we’ve accomplished to date, and continue to provide a platform and support network for the very best emerging storytellers from around the globe.”

Come to NFFTY 2019 and experience how we build a better film community. NFFTY 2019 will run October 24 - 27, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Submissions will officially be open starting February 15, 2019. For more info on past festivals, NFFTY 2019 submissions deadlines and criteria, and more, please visit: www.nffty.org.


Founded in 2007 by three then teenagers---Jesse Harris, Jocelyn R.C., and Kyle Seago---the National Film Festival for Talented Youth is now the world’s largest and most influential film festival for emerging filmmakers. Based in Seattle, WA, the four-day film festival includes over 200 film screenings, panels, contests, parties, and networking opportunities for emerging filmmakers. Filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, and experimental categories. Since its founding, NFFTY has screened films from over 2,700 filmmakers ranging in age from 5 - 24 years. The 13th Annual National Film Festival for Talented Youth will astound filmmakers and audiences once more - join us October 24 through October 27, 2019.

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For more information:
Email: press@nffty.org
Phone: 206.905.8400