NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential 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. We provide a first-class festival experience that includes four days of film screenings, parties, networking events and panels.

NFFTY 2019 will be held October 24-27 in Seattle, WA.

In 2014 and 2016, MovieMaker Magazine rated NFFTY as one of the top 50 festivals worth the entry fee.

- Two filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest will be selected to attend TheNextFilmFestival International in Odense, Denmark during the summer of 2019 with flight and hotel costs covered thanks to the generous support of the Scan Design Foundation.

- Jury Awards – We are committing to awarding the best short films created by filmmakers 24-and-under from around the world. We are proud to announce that a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated Short for both student films and non-student films, as well as Best Experimental for student films, for a total of seven Jury Prizes and $3500 in total cash prizes in this category.

- Other Festival Prizes & Awards – We’ll be announcing additional Jury, Audience, Special Awards closer to the festival. In 2018, we gave out $1,500 in cash awards, over $5,000 in software and gear, and over $40,000 in additional 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.

- The film’s director(s) must have been 24 years of age 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.


View the Official Rules & Guidelines here:

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View info on Music Licensing here:

Overall Rating
  • Check this festival out! NFFTY is extremely impressive. The festival was well run with a diverse line up of both foreign and domestic films that had enjoyable Q/A. NFFTY is everything you'd want out of a film festival.

    November 2019
  • Sav Rodgers

    NFFTY is an exceptional film festival. Every young filmmaker should know about it - and everyone else should make sure emerging moviemakers are submitting their work here. A ton of value to be found here.

    November 2019
  • tala schlossberg

    I left NFFTY feeling so inspired by the films I saw, people I met, and the supportive atmosphere that was created.

    November 2019
  • Birds of Paradise

    This was an amazing festival experience! NFFTY clearly knows what they are doing. The communication was top notch and they did a great job of making everyone feel welcome. They provide not just a great festival but a place to make connections with other young filmmakers and industry professionals that are invaluable.

    November 2019
  • Morning MengYing wu

    NFFTY offers such a great experiences with amazing screenings and guest speaker and networking opportunities. It's a must-go festival if your film is selected!

    November 2019