NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors. In 2016, we screened 207 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

- 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:

1 Review

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    Kendra Ann Sherrill

    By far one of the best festivals I have ever attended. It's hard to convey how inspiring and beneficial attending this festival is. You make life-long friends, see incredible films and are treated like a star!

    May 2016