NFFTY 2010 opens Thursday night

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth – NFFTY for short – is kicking off this year’s festival of films made by young people on Thursday, April 29, with an opening night film presentation at Cinerama and an opening night party at EMP’s Sky Church. The opening night films are seven shorts by young filmmakers ranging from 13 years old to 21, from all over the USA.

The festival continues through May 2nd at SIFF, Cinerama, EMP/SFM, and the Seattle Center Pavilion with a series of panels, parties and programs, concluding with an awards ceremony to recognize exceptional films. Among the highlights are Sunday night’s Closing Night: Washington Scene program which highlights films from young Washingtonians. We don’t just love to see movies here, we love to make them, too, and there are some great up-and-coming young filmmakers putting their works on display: fiction, fantasy and fact-based films are included.

Washington’s not the only source of great youth filmmaking, though: films in the festival come from China, the UK, France, Denmark, Iran, Mexico, Canada, and more. There are documentaries on a wide variety of subjects, fiction films encompassing a wide variety of themes, animation, sports and music movies and more.

Obviously, NFFTY is a lot of fun for young people – there’s even a family film program with movies for the whole family, including the younger kids – but what makes NFFTY doubly-exciting is that these films are well worth watching even for audience members who have left their own youth behind. And, hey, you never know – one day you may be watching one of these teens or young adults picking up their first Oscar and be able to brag about how you saw their first film way back in the day.

Passes and tickets can be purchased in advance online. For a complete schedule, check the NFFTY site

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