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.


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Overall Rating
  • NFFTY is one of the highlights of my year! I've met some of my closest friends through the festival and each year is a reunion. (-: NFFTY has provided many opportunities for me and is a huge source of inspiration for me as a filmmaker.

    March 2018
  • Benjamin Wilson

    A film festival experience doesn't get better than this. From the films themselves to the attendees to the additional non-screening events, you won't find a more fulfilling time at a festival than NFFTY.

    February 2018
  • Niall Shukla

    My short experimental film GUILT played at this awesome festival in 2015. I was unable to attend but felt the excitement from afar. Great team and they really promoted the films! I also won a JURY AWARD, and they sent and shipped it to me in the UK, because I was unable to be there on the day. A really supportive festival and a joy to be a part of.

    February 2018
  • Ali Nidzgorski

    NFFTY was fantastic. The venues were great, the after parties were great. It was very well organized. Red carpet, photos, great spot in Seattle. I would highly recommend submitting here! Super fun and professional!

    January 2018
  • 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