My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle, WA, USA
I feel that in my short experience as a filmmaker I have been lucky enough to travel to festivals quite a bit. From fancy glamorous ones (the ones with gourmet dinners that are usually half the portion you were expecting and expensive fees that might as well be spent to make another short) to small and cozy ones where you are mostly disappointed by the low attendance.
I honestly thought NFFTY was going to be small and cozy.
The first time I attended the festival it felt like I stepped into a mesmerizing film making party. The organization and organizers were beyond any expectations. The venues were not gigantic but felt grand, and the people I met have become close friends that I cherish still today. The movies selected were outstanding, sometimes frightening because suddenly confronted with younger people with, in all honesty, much better skills than mines.
NFFTY was not only a place where I met some of the most interesting people in the field, but it is where I learned from them, thanks to a surprising humbleness and willingness to listen and be listened.
Ever since the first year I attended, NFFTY has become the spotlight of my Spring. There was no need for fancy dinners, no expensive fees or impressive line-ups of celebrities. Just great movies, great people, and an experience that has thought me a lot leaving me eager to show up every year for more.