NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors. In 2017, we screened 257 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 27 states and 28 countries, with over 12,000 in attendance. We provide a first-class festival experience that includes four days of film screenings, parties, networking events and panels. We also kicked off our NFFTY VR festival, which we will continue this year -- showing films and VR from the best emerging filmmakers from around the world! Join us!

NFFTY 2018 will be held October 25-28 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 2018 with flight and hotel costs covered thanks to the generous support of the Scan Design Foundation.

- The Dorothy Award: a $500 Cash Award to a film with a strong female protagonist. All NFFTY 2018 Official Selections will be considered.

- Festival Awards – We’ll be announcing specific Jury and Audience Awards and other special awards closer to the festival. Last year, we gave out $2,500 in cash awards and $8,000 in additional scholarships.

- Original Content Projects – In the past year, 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 under 25 years of age 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
  • CG Yang

    Truly amazing, learned a lot. NFFTY was fantastic.

    January 2019
  • Elias A. Hinojosa

    Wow, what an experience. So grateful my film was selected and so happy I was able to attend. Will definitely be submitting again. The staff/curators are incredibly invested in young storytellers. A truly special festival.

    December 2018
  • Absolute joy to attend, really hope to return at some point in the future.

    November 2018
  • Daria Litvichenko

    NFFTY is a great festival I was really proud to be a part of! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but there still were a lot of opportunities for networking and career development. The communication was perfect, the festival provided detailed information about all the events and screenings. Definitely an exciting and useful opportunity, especially if you are able to attend.

    November 2018
  • Spencer Zimmerman

    NFFTY is the most positive and inspiring festivals I've ever been to. There are so many great resources and networking opportunities for young filmmakers, not to mention some of the best short films I've ever seen. Excellent communication, the festival clearly state everything they need from you. It was so smoothly run all the events and screenings almost seemed effortless. If you can, go to NFFTY.

    November 2018