Seattle Office of Film + Music


NFFTY OPENING NIGHT GALA IS TONIGHT
April 28, 2011, 11:05 am
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Join hundreds of local and international filmmakers as NFFTY 2011 kicks off this evening. NFFTY features original films by young filmmakers from all over the country and around the world, yet some of the most creative and talented moviemaking youth reside in our own backyard. The Seattle Office of Film + Music congratulates local youth filmmakers whose works have been accepted into this year’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The festival runs through May 1.

The Art Institute of Seattle students Megan Shinner, Raul Anaya and Schick Soto had their work accepted in to NFFTY 2011. Ballard High School, NFFTY founder Jesse Harris’ alma mater, boasts a bunch of involved youth filmmakers: Jamie Bennett, Louis Weissman, Maddy Yaple, Blair Scott, Amelia Elizalde, Emily Deering, Chloe Warner-Moyer, Elise Neroutsos, Dana Baumgartner, Mia Montagna, Sheridan Koehler, Dana Baumgartner, Emma Hutchison, Sydney Jarol, Dylan Miller, Ryan Zemke, Karli Lafferty, Kaila Lafferty, Kirsten Zeller, Rikke Heinecke, Elizabeth O’Laughlin, Tony Meyer, Ryan Zemke, Levi Friedman, Lily Bennett, Ivy Vance and Elise Neroutsos! Griffin Stoddard is representing for Garfield High School this year at NFFTY. Mercer Island High School’s Sten Olson and Lindsey Luckevich are proud to premiere their work at the festival. Seattle Academy’s Hadley Hillel, Erin Larson and Maddy Berkman are also in the mix. The Center School’s Zoe Brozman’s submission was also accepted into the festival. Cleveland High School’s Tanya Byrd, Latrice Byrd, Melissa Donahue and Jennifer Gumiran will be walking the NFFTY red carpet tomorrow. Seattle’s Reel Grrls Julia Constantine, Mariana Urban, Diana Federighi and Julia Levy will be making the non-profit proud at the festival. Around the town Seattleites Jesse, Dylan, and Miles Stipek, Bunee Tomlinson and Elle Viane Sonnet also have films in NFFTY 2011. Congratulations to the future movers and shakers of Seattle filmmaking!

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NFFTY 2011 BING COMMERCIAL STARRING YOUTH FILMMAKERS
April 4, 2011, 1:27 pm
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Coming at you with another Seattle infused NFFTY 2011 promotional short from director Jesse Harris. Starring local youth filmmakers Ben Kadie, Megan Shinner and Sam Kelly, the Bing-sponsored video humorously follows the joys and follies of shooting film projects with friends. The filmmakers talk about their experiences with NFFTY and getting into film at an early age and what about the medium drives them most. With the help of Bing “the official decision engine of NFFTY 2011,” the filmmakers avoid disaster and get the dream shot. See if you can pick out the scenes shot in downtown Seattle, at Pike Place Market and Gasworks Park. Click on the NFFTY link above to learn more about the 2011 festival and NFFTY filmmakers.
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NFFTY 2011 BING COMMERCIAL STARRING YOUTH FILMM…, posted with vodpod

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NFFTY MAKES SPARKS FLY WITH NEW VOLVO PROMOTIONAL SHORT
April 1, 2011, 1:54 pm
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NFFTY revs it into high gear with this brand new promotional short, featuring 2011 Festival sponsor Volvo Cars of North America. Directed and co-written by NFFTY director Jesse Harris, the film captures a young screenwriter as he cruises down the road to creative innovation with the help of his shiny new Volvo S60. His trip down the imagination highway quite literally takes to the Seattle streets with awesome car chase sequences through SODO and Pioneer Square, not to mention some beautiful footage of the Seattle skyline. See it all for yourself below, and be sure to follow the above link to learn more about NFFTY 2011.

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NFFTY 2011 – VOLVO S60 PROMOTIONAL SHORT, posted with vodpod

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RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER OF FILMS SUBMITTED TO NFFTY 2011
February 18, 2011, 12:01 pm
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The submission window for the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) finished with a bang this week, with a final count of nearly 700 entries–almost twice the amount of youth-made films submitted last year. NFFTY received entries from 25 countries and 40 U.S. states, and there were also significantly more submissions from female filmmakers than in previous years. “[In an embodiment] of the theme for the 2011 Festival, ‘United By Film, Future By NFFTY,’ this year’s submissions show that despite cultural and geographic differences, all youth are drawn to share stories about the basic human emotions and condition,” NFFTY explains in an official press release. Interestingly, NFFTY programmers have also noticed that the economic downturn and tough issues felt across the globe, have had a strong impact on youth. Notes NFFTY Executive Director Jesse Harris, “Even though many of the films are uplifting and comedic, there is an increase this year in films dealing with these darker and more serious issues.” For more on NFFTY 2011, follow the above link.

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JOIN THE NFFTY 2011 FILM SELECTION COMMITTEE
December 17, 2010, 11:33 am
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Fancy yourself a film buff? Get those critical juices flowing and become a volunteer curator for NFFTY’s 2011 Youth Filmmaking Competition! Members of the selection committee will be asked to screen two hours of submitted films per week– assigning a simple rating to each work– to help determine the festival lineup for NFFTY’s 2011 competition. The film submissions will be made available online for festival curators to view in a secure, high-quality environment, and at their own convenience. Not only will selection committee members get to view some outstanding, never-before-seen youth-made films—they will also be treated to some sweet NFFTY swag, including a $250-level NFFTY membership, a Best of NFFTY DVD, free tickets to general festival films, opening night tickets and more! Check out the link for more information.

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