The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the largest youth film festival in the world, recently announced the lineup for its 2013 Festival, which will be held April 25-28, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Out of nearly 700 entries worldwide, programmers selected 215 films to screen during the 4-day festival. The films of NFFTY 2013 represent 30 U.S. States and 20 Countries, all from the future generation of talented directors aged 22 and under. “These are truly the Oscar winners and industry leaders of tomorrow. Imagine if you could have met Spielberg or Bigelow at 19, that’s NFFTY,” said NFFTY Artistic Director Jesse Harris.
Now in its seventh year, NFFTY has continued to grow year-after-year. Festival audiences are continuously exposed to insights of today’s youth. “The films of NFFTY 2013 represent the voice of this generation. But they also show us how closely connected and similar the youth of the world really are. Despite cultural and geographic differences, we see similarities in the stories these young filmmakers tell,” Harris comments.
NFFTY is also seeing a trend in an increased number of female directors. Over 40 percent of the films this year are from female directors, well above the Hollywood film industry average of 10 percent.
More than 10,000 attendees are expected, including young directors from Egypt, Greece, Iceland, Denmark, the UK, and more. The entire lineup of films, events and panels can be seen at: http://www.nffty.org/schedule-2013.
NFFTY is the largest and most influential film festival in the world for filmmakers age 22 and under. NFFTY 2013 sponsors include Volvo Cars of North America, Expedia, vitaminwater®, Chipotle and more. http://www.nffty.org.