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Review for The Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

NFFTY is responsible for the momentum I have experienced thus far in my career as a filmmaker. If it wasn't for the people I met through the festival I would simply not be where I am today. The best program of its kind hands down!

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Review for The Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

NFFTY has been a huge stepping stone in my journey towards success as a filmmaker in the Seattle community and beyond. Because of NFFTY I have started my career several years earlier than others my age. I have made several invaluable connections from networking at the festival- directors, producers, marketing professionals, and directors of photography; many whom have been huge advocates for my growth. I've learned and become a better filmmaker because of the festival. No joke. NFFTY is praised nationwide as one of the best film festivals in the world, and is the largest youth film festival internationally- really the only festival that both showcases youth talent but also advocates for their success in the industry.

I attended my first festival in 2011 and had a film in the action sports category, sponsored by the likes of xbox, nike, volvo and bing. The showing was sold out; I had the chance to view my film on a true large format screen and it was a thrilling experience any aspiring young filmmaker needs to have under their belt. The nerves, anticipation, sweaty palms and audience questions following the screening were a test of my confidence, but ultimately rewarding. I wouldn't trade that night for anything.

Following that first year, I have had a film in every year of the festival since 2011, and I attended my first masterclass in 2012 with Owen Craft. The skills and on-set experience I learned through NFFTY programs have been incredibly valuable, and like I said earlier, got me my job. I have been employed in a full time starting position at a major production company in Seattle for almost a year now. If a filmmaker plays their cards right, NFFTY can be all they need to become successful in the film industry. I am now on my way upwards- growing every day and closer each day to my goal of working in the camera department. I have connections in LA that I've made through the festival, and hope to transition down to the hub in the next few years.

I know it sounds cheesy pinning my success on a film festival in Seattle, but every filmmaker who has attended will tell you it's an incredibly valuable experience that they wouldn't trade for anything. I could go on for hours about how great NFFTY is, but that is my condensed story. NFFTY is great people, great films, awesome learning opportunities, networking and, could very well be the start of an exciting career in the coolest industry you could work for- film.

They aren't kidding with their tagline...

"Film Starts Here".

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