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The Talented Youth


 

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The Talented Youth is a Seattle-based socially responsible arts organization. Its mission is to encourage and acknowledge the accomplishments of young artists working in the visual and performing arts, celebrating their vision through festivals and competitions that showcase their extraordinary talents and the compelling stories they tell.

Each spring we produce The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY- pronounced nifty), which showcases work by filmmakers 22 and under from across the U.S. and the world. NFFTY is the only Film Festival that provides young filmmakers (elementary to college age) a "full feature" festival experience with state-of-the-art venues, access to industry professionals, broad public exposure, and an inclusive atmosphere.

NFFTY takes place at the Seattle Center and includes:

Film screenings

Filmmaking workshops and panels

Concerts by youth bands

Opportunities for young filmmakers to network with each other and with industry professionals

NFFTY 08

March 28-30, 2008

1,800 attendees

176 entries

77 films screened

12 awards

9 industry panels and workshops

21 major sponsors

58% of the NFFTY 08 audience was under the age of 25.

68% Caucasian; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 8% African American; 5% Hispanic; 2% Native American (in comparison, less than 10% of Seattle International Film Festival audiences are under the age of 25; 81% is Caucasian).

NFFTY 09

April 24-26, 2009

3,000 attendance*

500 entries*

77 films screened

14 awards

9 industry panels and workshops

30 major sponsors*

*Projected

Other Programs of The Talented Youth

NFFTY Earth

Promoting the power of film to bring positive changes to the environment

Supporting social justice

Encouraging peace and partnerships with other countries

Special recognition given during NFFTY to films that have environmental, social justice, or peace issues at their core (highlighted by a juried NFFTY Earth Award)

Use of paperless submissions, recycled content and soy-based ink in all print material

S ubmissions outreach to international youth, environmental and social justice organizations

Raising environmental, social justice, and peace awareness through educational displays and presentations at the festival.

Future goals for NFFTY Earth include initiating national and global youth film projects and youth production of NFFTY Earth Public Service Announcements.

NFFTY 365

Expanding NFFTY from a 3-day festival to a year-round program. To date NFFTY 365 has:

Negotiated Comcast On Demand broadcasting of "Best of NFFTY" films

Teamed up with Janet Wainwright Public Relations to host sneak previews of youth appropriate Hollywood films

Co-sponsored Sidewalk Cinema summer events throughout Puget Sound

Presented NFFTY programs to media literacy middle school and high school classes throughout Western Washington

Co-produced a series of teen nights with Experience Music Project for Fall 2008

In October 2008, NFFTY 365 will host the Seattle premiere of Go, a social justice film on Uganda from the makers of Invisible Children.

Mission: To encourage and acknowledge the accomplishments of young artists working in the visual and performing arts, celebrating their vision through festivals and competitions that showcase their extraordinary talents and the compelling stories they tell. To promote the power of film to bring positive changes to the environment , s upport social justice, and support peace and partnerships with other countries.
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