Submit to NFFTY 2019

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Notification Date: AUGUST 21, 2019


What is NFFTY?

NFFTY is the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. In 2018, we screened 286 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 24 states and 24 countries, with over 10,000 in attendance.

NFFTY 2019, our 13th anniversary, will be held October 24 - 27 in Seattle, WA.

MovieMaker Magazine has twice (2016, 2014) rated NFFTY as one of the top 50 festivals worth the entry fee. We are currently one of the Top 100 Rated Film Festivals on FilmFreeway (out of more than 4,000).

Submission Deadlines + Entry Fees

Online Application and Film Received By:

Early Deadline: April 12 – $30
Mid Deadline: May 17 – $35
Regular Deadline: June 14 – $45
Final Deadline: July 12 – $55

Note: 10% discount available to FilmFreeway Gold members


  • 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/or 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.

  • Last year we gave out $1,500 in cash awards, over $5,000 in software and gear, and an additional $40,000 in scholarships.

  • Original Content Projects – In the past few years, we’ve given out over $50,000 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!