Not at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (or NFFTY). Unfortunately, this festival wasn't around when I was in high school but I wish it was. (I probably would've swept the awards.) It was founded in 2007. With our 3rd festival in 2009, NFFTY has become the largest and most influential film festival and support organization for filmmakers age 22 and under.
NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes 100+ film screenings, filmmaking panels, concerts by youth bands, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. Young filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and international categories. NFFTY is a core program of The Talented Youth, a non-profit arts and cultural organization.
NFFTY is one of only a handful of multi-day youth film festivals. NFFTY has no minimum age requirements and brings a diverse grouping of elementary age to college age filmmakers together for cross mentoring. We provide young filmmakers a "full feature" festival experience with screenings in state-of-the-art venues, exceptional access to industry professionals, and broad public exposure.
NFFTY films enjoy distribution opportunities through partnerships including Comcast On Demand in the greater Seattle area, Indieflix, and Takepart.com. "Best of NFFTY" films are shown in school classrooms and screened before feature presentations at Seattle area outdoor cinema events.
The NFFTY 2009 Grand Prize will be an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to meet with creative executives and agents, thanks to HBO. Another filmmaker will receive a full scholarship to attend the summer Prodigy Camp of TheFilmSchool.
Check out the festival trailer below.