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:

14 Reviews

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    Annabelle Attanasio

    Great film Festival! Happy to have been part of it!

    March 2017
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    Dan Lesser

    This festival not only was a ton of fun but an incredible source for networking was unmatched by any other festival I have ever attended. It is the perfect mix between formal, and comfortable. NFFTY feels like a family and being able to show your work amongst the numerous talent featured at this festival, it is truely a honour to attent

    February 2017
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    Joe Staehly

    Amazing film festival. Such a great experience.

    February 2017
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    Morgana McKenzie

    NFFTY gives young filmmakers the opportunity to share their work not only during the four days of the festival, but year long as well. I’ve attended NFFTY for the past three years, and am always impressed by the amount of support they strive to give to young filmmakers. I've made connections that've helped me take the next step to improving my work, and friendships that will last me a lifetime, making this festival well worth the submission fee. NFFTY pushes me to do more. I can’t stress enough how awesome this festival is.

    February 2017
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    Natalia Ferrara

    The opportunity to meet other filmmakers from all over and make connections was fantastic. Every film screening was great. The atmosphere was so inspiring. NFFTY overall was an amazing experience. I 100% recommend submitting your films, and definitely attending this festival.

    February 2017