A trailer for the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is live and from the looks of it, this will be one awesome event! The festival will happen on April 25 -28 and will showcase the work of talented film makers from all over the world aged 22 and younger.
As the saying goes, “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.” However in the world of film, it appears that behind 2011’s 250 top-grossing films, only a shocking 5% are women directors. This issue sheds light on the much-debated topic about the presence (or rather, lack of) women in film. However, some might argue that women do have a place in Hollywood by citing Kathryn Bigelow’s big win at the Oscars. During the 2009 Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow shook the film industry by winning the award for Best Director, making her the first woman in history to achieve the top honor. Although her win paved the way for women filmmakers around the world, female film creators are still struggling to keep this glimmering flame of hope ablaze especially with the numbers proving otherwise. Yet, setting an example for Hollywood as the future of film, NFFTY is currently made up of 30% female directors.
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
NFFTY needs hundreds of volunteers to help before, during, and after the festival to make it a success. This year will not only have the best youth filmmakers in the world in attendance – but the all new expanded programming for film fans. Volunteer Orientation is April 14th from 1-3pm. It’s your chance to support the future of film, and to earn a free one-day pass to NFFTY! Sign up here.
A concert hosted by KEXP to benefit National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY will go down tomorrow night, March 3rd. The concert will be killer, featuring Pollens, Katie Kate and Posse. The tickets are $8 day of show, and every one of those dollars goes towards NFFTY. It’s a great cause, so go rock out at the Sunset Tavern tomorrow night!
The Old Firehouse Teen Center and MOHAI are hosting Behind the Lens: A Celebration of Youth Filmmaking. Join the Office of Film + Music, Washington Filmworks, SIFF, NFFTY, and other partners for panels, internship booths, and refreshments. The event is happening in Redmond, Friday, December 9th at 7 p.m.
Didn’t get enough Oktoberfest? Join NFFTY on Saturday, October 1st from 2-6pm at the Nectar for the Audiosocket Oktoberfest Benefiting NFFTY. Enjoy local beer (Deschutes Brewery, Fremont Brewery, Paulaner, American Brewing), local indie bands (The Wandas, And And And), and Meat Muffins (you’ll have to come and try them for yourself). All proceeds from the festivities will go to NFFTY.
Curated by EMP’s Youth Advisory Board, After Hours brings together premiere musical talents from around the Seattle area to perform in front of an all-ages crowd; it’s a program designed by teens for teens. This year marks the first hip-hop lineup for the quarterly event. Attendees can expect energetic sets by notable local hip-hop artists like Sol and Grynch, plus newcomers Kung Foo Grip and DJ Nphared. EMP’s main gallery space will also be open during the performances, allowing people to browse the recently-opened exhibit Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Adding to the evening’s event will be youth-made music videos by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), dance showcases from the UW Hip-Hop Student Association B-Boys, and much more.
Teen Tix Blog
Seattle youth are encouraged to voice their opinions about this past year’s arts offerings as part of Teen Tix’s Teeny Awards 2011. Teen Tix provides affordable access to film, dance, theater, and other performances for teens ages 13-19. The Teeny Awards categories are both straight forward and irreverent, ranging from Best Art Exhibit to Best Bathrooms to Best Date Venue. Among the nominees are some fantastic film organizations (National Film Festival for Talented Youth, SIFF, NWFF, and more) and excellent musical performances (Sound Off! 2011 at EMP, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Seattle Symphony, and more). Voting is open to Teen Tix members only, so those qualified to participate should head on over to the Teen Tix blog and check out the full list of nominees.
After sifting through about 300 minutes (or 100 entries) of submission footage, the Seattle Times in collaboration with the Seattle International Film Festival have selected the best 3 Minute Masterpieces from the lot. 11 winners were chosen in both youth and adult filmmaker brackets, which can be viewed in YouTube form on the Seattle Times site. Most of the entries were made in or around Seattle with a Reno, Nevada submission sneaking its way in. Filmmakers from ages 10 and up made it into the winners circle, including NFFTY frequenter, 16 year-old-director Ben Kadie. You also can see the 3 Minute Masterpiece films on the big screen (for free!) at 10 AM on Saturday, May 21, at SIFF Cinema, where the grand-prize winner will be announced. Check out “Ego Boost” a hilarious 3 minute knee-slapper by Seattle’s Ty Huffer below. Click the link above to see all the winning films and learn more about the 3 Minute Masterpiece competitions.
Join hundreds of local and international filmmakers as NFFTY 2011 kicks off this evening. NFFTY features original films by young filmmakers from all over the country and around the world, yet some of the most creative and talented moviemaking youth reside in our own backyard. The Seattle Office of Film + Music congratulates local youth filmmakers whose works have been accepted into this year’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The festival runs through May 1.
The Art Institute of Seattle students Megan Shinner, Raul Anaya and Schick Soto had their work accepted in to NFFTY 2011. Ballard High School, NFFTY founder Jesse Harris’ alma mater, boasts a bunch of involved youth filmmakers: Jamie Bennett, Louis Weissman, Maddy Yaple, Blair Scott, Amelia Elizalde, Emily Deering, Chloe Warner-Moyer, Elise Neroutsos, Dana Baumgartner, Mia Montagna, Sheridan Koehler, Dana Baumgartner, Emma Hutchison, Sydney Jarol, Dylan Miller, Ryan Zemke, Karli Lafferty, Kaila Lafferty, Kirsten Zeller, Rikke Heinecke, Elizabeth O’Laughlin, Tony Meyer, Ryan Zemke, Levi Friedman, Lily Bennett, Ivy Vance and Elise Neroutsos! Griffin Stoddard is representing for Garfield High School this year at NFFTY. Mercer Island High School’s Sten Olson and Lindsey Luckevich are proud to premiere their work at the festival. Seattle Academy’s Hadley Hillel, Erin Larson and Maddy Berkman are also in the mix. The Center School’s Zoe Brozman’s submission was also accepted into the festival. Cleveland High School’s Tanya Byrd, Latrice Byrd, Melissa Donahue and Jennifer Gumiran will be walking the NFFTY red carpet tomorrow. Seattle’s Reel Grrls Julia Constantine, Mariana Urban, Diana Federighi and Julia Levy will be making the non-profit proud at the festival. Around the town Seattleites Jesse, Dylan, and Miles Stipek, Bunee Tomlinson and Elle Viane Sonnet also have films in NFFTY 2011. Congratulations to the future movers and shakers of Seattle filmmaking!