The National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the Seattle film festival dedicated to presenting the best from emerging filmmakers under the age of 24, has today announced its full lineup for its 2016 addition. This year marks the tenth anniversary of NFFTY, and in celebration of that milestone the festival is presenting its largest program ever, including 227 movies from 24 countries and 33 states, from filmmakers ranging from age 5 to 24. Additionally, the festival is pleased to announce that 40% of its titles this year are directed by women, many of which will screen as part of their "Femme Friday" event.
This year's festival will also include its first ever screenwriting competition, "Story Starts Here." All finalists will receive individual feedback from an esteemed panel of industry professionals, including Chris Grunden (VP of Film Programming at HBO), Erica Sterne (Former Head of Post Production for The Weinstein Co.) and Wilbert Plijnaar (Storyboard Artist). One finalist will be chosen to receive a $500 cash prize, announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on May 1.
Per the festival, their aim is to "[reflect] the interests and concerns of the next generation, with films covering all topics and genres, from compelling and provocative, to hilarious and uplifting." This year's NFTTY includes a strong selection of shorts (including those that will screen as part of its Opening Night Gala), along with an impressive array of documentary offerings and an emphasis on international films.
You can check out the complete lineup right here, along with scheduling and ticketing information.
This year's NFTTY takes place April 28 - May 1 in Seattle.
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