NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors. In 2016, we screened 227 amazing films from the best filmmakers 24 and younger representing 33 states and 24 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.

NFFTY 2017 will be held in April 27 - 30 in Seattle, WA.

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

Awards & Prizes

- Two filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest will be selected to attend TheNextFilmFestival International in Odense, Denmark during the summer of 2017 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 2017 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.

Rules & Terms

- 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:

View Frequently Asked Questions here:

View info on Music Licensing here:

24 Reviews

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    Ryan Zemke

    One of my favorite experiences to date. Never experienced a festival that values each filmmaker so equally and respectfully. Although I'm too old now to submit again, I'll be looking forward to attending the fest for years to come.

    July 2017
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    Oniqur Rahman

    Brilliant, can not wait for next year!

    May 2017
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    Morgan Gruer

    Great experience, genuine people, lots of fun, and felt extremely beneficial for my career. Lots of support within the NFFTY community!

    May 2017
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    Victor Obi

    NFFTY is truly one of the best film festivals! The energy at the event was amazing! So inspiring and fun!

    May 2017
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    Lunar Flame

    NFFTY is a festival I am honored to be an alumni of. The festival itself is run beautifully and creates one of the most inspiring and motivating atmospheres I've ever experienced as a filmmaker. I am already working on developing another project to submit next year; yes it's that motivating!

    May 2017