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Keep It Cinematic / 8–9:30 pm / pg 22 Late Night Comedy / 10–11:30 pm / pg 24

NW Scene / 12–1:30 pm / pg 28

Saturday April 28

Music And Dance: Stories in Motion / 2–3:30 pm / pg 30 Across the Globe: International Showcase / 4–5:30 pm / pg 33 Modern Grit / 6–7:30 pm / pg 36 Centerpiece Gala presented by Xbox 360® / 8–9:30 pm + Afterparty / pg 38

/ Expo Ends, 5 pm Friday Night Shorts / 7–9:30 pm / pg 21 Sex, Lies & Angst / 9–10:30 pm / pg 23 Late Night Horror Show / 11–12:30 pm / pg 25

Bring the Kids / 11 am–12:30 pm / pg 26 Real Life: Documentaries / 1–2:30 pm / pg 29 Music Video Mixtape / 3–4:30 pm / pg 31

/ Expo Ends, 5 pm Experimental Cinema / 5–7 pm / pg 34 Feature: Night Sights / 7–9 pm / pg 37

Action Sports / 9:30–10:30 pm / pg 39

Late Night Adrenaline / 10–11:30 pm / pg 40

48 Hour Film Off / 10:30–11:30 am / pg 41 Animation! / 12–1:30 pm / pg 43

Sunday April 29

Aftenoon Eclectic / 2–3:30 pm / pg 45 Random Acts / 4–5:30 pm / pg 47 Closing Night / 6–7:30 pm + Afterparty / pg 49

Future of Film Expo / 11 am–5 pm / pg 70

Centerpiece Gala presented by Xbox 360 ® / April 28, 8pm, SIFF Uptown + Afterparty 9pm, Intiman Theater / pg 38


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NFFTY Earth / 11 am–12 pm / pg 42 Made to Inspire / 1–2:30 pm / pg 44 The Human Condition / 3–4:30 pm / pg 46 Through My Eyes / 5–5:30 pm / pg 48

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he films in the festival this year are unquestionably the most outstanding collection of films we’ve ever had, and perhaps one of the most incredible lineups of films in any festival ever. With 222 films coming from 30 U.S. states and over 20 countries, you can imagine the vast diversity and unique entertainment these films bring. The stories of NFFTY 2012 are heart-stopping, laugh-out-loud funny, gut wrenching and truly unforgettable.

But we can’t do all this alone­ — WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Talented Youth, NFFTY’s parent organization, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We must raise money from individual donations to maintain stability, sustain our festival, and grow year round educational programming. We have a goal of raising $20,000 during this festival weekend from individual donations. Please consider a donation of any size to help support the great things we do. We have some great thank you gifts too! Thanks for coming to NFFTY and discovering what’s next in film! Enjoy the shows!

Jesse Harris Artistic Director

Lindsey Johnson Managing Director

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Not only is this a phenomenal year at NFFTY for great films, but we’ve added an entirely new component to the festival: Future of Film Expo, co-presented by The Next Fifty (celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Seattle’s World’s Fair). The Expo, right in the middle of NFFTY 2012 (Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28), brings the best in film education, new technology, and industry experts to Seattle. The Expo features over 30 exhibitor booths, 15 filmmaking panels and workshops led by industry experts, plus amazing hands-on learning experiences for film enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Best of all, it’s all free!

This has also been a big year for our Youth Filmmaking Excellence Program. We provided several professional level workshops for Seattle area filmmakers in high school, with an emphasis on supporting students with limited financial and film resources. We have plans for many more this summer and fall.

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An innovative paperless submission and screening process is developed. NFFTY is expanded to 4 days with 190 films from 33 states and 16 countries. Text voting for audience awards is introduced. Year-round youth filmmaking workshops start.

NFFTY becomes the largest youth film festival in the world, featuring 222 films chosen out of 700 submissions, with filmmakers from 40 US states and 20 countries, 2 filmmaking panels, and multiple networking events. 200 filmmakers attend from all over the world along with 7,000 film fans.


Volvo signs on as our first sponsor. NFFTY expands to a 3-day festival with 73 films, 9 filmmaking panels, and 2 concerts. NFFTY Earth and NFFTY 365 programs begin. A Los Angeles Advisory Board is organized.



NFFTY 2009 screens 113 films and includes 4 filmmaking panels and 2 concerts over 3 days. NFFTY is operated as a carbon neutral event.


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After Jesse Harris makes a feature film at age 17, he realizes the need for a festival and organization to support the next generation of young filmmakers. NFFTY starts as a one night festival with 14 films. The Talented Youth is formed as a 501(c)(3 non-profit organization.

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As a non-profit, NFFTY is faced with the same tough economic times all arts organizations have seen these past few years. Despite that, NFFTY has always remained a stable organization, continuing to grow and provide more support every year for young filmmakers. However, we are faced with a $20,000 deficit in our 2012 budget. Help us raise this amount during this festival weekend by making a donation during the festival or online when you get home.

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WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR Dear Film Enthusiast, It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 2012 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), a unique film festival celebrating the works of young filmmakers from around the world, 22 years of age and under. The City of Seattle is proud to be home to this dynamic, inspiring showcase of talent. Now the largest youth film festival in the world, NFFTY is in it’s sixth year. I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to see a relevant, entertaining, and thought-provoking collection of over 222 films from 30 states and 20 countries. There is something for everyone with 28-screenings (features, documentaries, thrillers, action sports, experimental, dramas, music videos and family-friendly), panels and a 48-hour film contest. This year NFFTY is also launching the first ever Future of Film Expo in partnership with the Next Fifty featuring Panels,

Workshops, and Exhibitor Booths with the best resources and organizations for film technology and education. There will be programming for the very technical as well as for the entry level film fan. Whether you’re a filmmaker, a film fan, or a family cruising through Seattle Center- this is a free event you won’t want to miss. It is a great pleasure to salute the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. I look forward to the continued progress and success of NFFTY in establishing Seattle as one of the world’s premier film cities. I commend the staff, volunteers, filmmakers, and sponsors who have worked so hard to bring this vision to fruition. Enjoy the shows!

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2012 HIGHLIGHTS PARTY! Ticket includes access to exclusive Xbox 360® After-Party at the Intiman Theater immediately following the screening! Walk down the street or jump in a complimentary pedicab and drink, dance and dine into the night. All ages, cash bar.

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The Future of Film Expo is a new addition to NFFTY 2012. The Expo will host all of NFFTY’s additional programming including Panels, Workshops, and Exhibitor Booths featuring the best resources and organizations for film technology and education. There will be programming for the very technical as well as for the entry-level film fan. Whether you’re a filmmaker, a film fan, or a family cruising through Seattle Center- this is an event you won’t want to miss.


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What’s Your Vote? We will be asking you to Text, Tweet, or go on the Web to vote for your favorite film. KEYWORDS to send are listed at the end of each film listing on the following pages and will also be displayed at the end of each screening.

Twitter: @Poll + KEYWORD

The film receiving the most votes at each screening wins an AUDIENCE AWARD.

Don’t Text or Tweet? No web access on your cell phone? / Vote online at the NFFTY information table after the show or once you get home. / Voting will stay open for ONE HOUR after each event. / One vote per phone. No surcharge for text to vote, standard carrier message rates may apply. / Even if your phone does not get service in the theater, the text vote will be sent once you leave the building.


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Opening Night Gala presented by Volvo Cars of North America / Thursday, April 26th / 7:30pm Cinerama


rrive in style and walk the red carpet at Seattle’s iconic Cinerama Theater to kick off NFFTY 2012. Enjoy an outstanding lineup of short films from some of the best young directors from around the world. After the screening jump in our free shuttle bus and head to the Seattle Aquarium for an unforgettable after party. Mingle with Seattle’s finest, Hollywood industry and the young filmmakers of NFFTY 2012. After party is an allages event with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Safe (A Tale About Hope) / Ginevra Boni - Age 22 United Kingdom VOTE: SAFE1 Two children are alone, trapped in a burning house. The city is spoiled. A bird flies downtown looking for someone that could save them, but humans have forgotten how to listen.

Shattered / Phillip Schoen - Age 15 Idaho VOTE: SHATTERED A girl is hired to clean a house. As she is cleaning she breaks a vase and must hide the mess before the owner comes home.


L.A. / Tim Hendrix - Age 19 California VOTE: LAMUSIC A singer wanders through an massive, cardboard, editorial-cartoon style recreation of Los Angeles that shapeshifts according to the lyrics of the song.

En Route / Colin Levy - Age 22 California VOTE: ENROUTE “En Route” traces the life story of a professional pilot, backtracking from the moment of his death through the events and influences that led him there. A slight deviation in course-- a fortuitous decision in child’s play-- spawns a ripple effect that alters his identity and, ultimately, his fate.


Shuffleboard Kings / Chris Aitken - Age 21 Canada VOTE: SHUFFLE A recent widower, Bert finds friendship and community in the local senior shuffleboard team, but when a group of young bullies challenges the team for shuffleboard supremacy, Bert must fight for the pride of the old guard..

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Da Capo / Julien Budorovits - Age 22 Germany VOTE: DACAPO A film about being captured in a dream with strange beauty.

Leave work early and take a laugh off! Enjoy a screening of fun and hilarious short films that will help you laugh your way to a great weekend.

Getting Rid of Mormons / Clio Gevirtz - Age 15 California VOTE: MORMONS A bright comedy about a generation clash: A young girl and her grandmother argue about appropriate dress, but who’s lecturing who?

Batman - Out of Character/ Kurtis Theorin - Age 18, Kris Theorin - Age 14 Pennsylvania

But Here’s The Catch! / Nick Terry - Age 19 Washington VOTE: CATCH Jerry Frankhouser has LOTS of ideas for television shows and chooses to pitch them via video to Hollywood… will he have success?

Cop Story / Nick Nielsen - Age 22 Washington

The Visit / Johannes Skov Andersen - Age 17 Denmark VOTE: VISIT A non-verbal comedy that takes place in an apartment. A man, Birger, must take care of his neighbor’s six-year-old girl, but not everything goes quite as planned.

White Rabbit / Whitney Mornson - Age 22 Minnesota

VOTE: BATMAN Two friends are playing with Batman action figures. One is a huge Batman fan while the other knows nothing about him. What will happen? Will David learn about Batman before its to late? Will their friendship survive? Will hilarity ensue? You will just have to watch to find out!

VOTE: COPSTORY When a veteran police officer is asked a question about his past he is forced to confront the mistakes he has made as well as rethink his past relationship with the local community of French-American mimes.

Birds of A Feather / Tansy Michaud - Age 21 Florida VOTE: FEATHER Two sisters face off to track down a rare bird, but can they resolve their sibling rivalry before their trip goes horribly awry?

Life Insurance / Almog Avidan Antonir - Age 20 California VOTE: INSURANCE A suburban couple realize that life insurance may be the only way out of their loveless marriage.

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VOTE: RABBIT Young couple Jeff and Alicia face a problem when their dog Java shows up at their doorstep with their neighbors’ pet rabbit - dead.


The Nuclear Family / Austin Keeling - 20 California VOTE: NFAMILY Without TV, a young boy turns to science.

Friday Night Shorts / Friday, April 27th / 7pm SIFF Uptown 2

Don’t waste your time on Friday’s mainstream, B-grade blockbuster. Experience 6 fantastic shorts that you’ll never forget!

Wind Up / Hadley Hillel - Age 16 Washington VOTE: WINDUP Wind Up is a dark film that follows the story of Jacob, a boy whose father has just died, leaving his mother unable to function. When he finds a toy monkey in the woods, dark events soon begin to unfold around him.

Finding Benjaman / John Wikstrom - Age 20 Florida

Half / Alex Bohs - Age 20 Illinois VOTE: HALF1 Noun: One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.

Roll Model / Lily Bennett - Age 17, Enjuli Chhaniara - Age 16, Dayan Flynn-Walsh - Age 16 Washington

VOTE: FINDING Benjaman Kyle was found unconscious outside of a Burger King in 2004. He did not have any clothes, any identification, or any memories. Even after seven years, the FBI still doesn’t know who he is. Neither does he.

For Elsie / David Winstone - Age 22 United Kingdom VOTE: ELSIE Glenn is a disillusioned piano teacher who once aspired to be a concert pianist. He is moving back to his parents house when Kilov, a Russian gangster, offers him a unique opportunity: £10,000 if Glenn teaches his daughter Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”…in a day.


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VOTE: ROLL When left home alone, Lily likes to roller-skate around the house. But when her mom comes home unexpectedly, Lily is caught in a big mess.

Sunshower / Justin Reager - Age 21 Florida VOTE: SHOWER Sean, a high school romantic, is in love with a girl named Emily but cannot build up the courage to kiss her. He enlists the help of his inventor best friend, Mikey, to build him a Sunshower Machine to fabricate the romantic kisses he has seen in the movies.


Immerse yourself in the beautiful scenes and images crafted by these visionary young filmmakers. These shorts will blow your mind!

Alone Together / Ben Kadie - Age 16 Washington VOTE: ALONE After a terrible ocean storm, Brendan finds himself on an island with Eloise, the girl of his secret dreams. But, if they leave the island will she still need him?

ANNABELLE / Avital Epstein - Age 21 Florida

A Noble Cause/ Karl Kimmel - Age 20 Canada VOTE: NOBLE In the wake of a deadly explosion in Iraq that killed two US soldiers, a private recounts his role in the event to an Army colonel. The colonel, however, has evidence that this soldier’s lack of discipline may have cost those two soldiers their lives. And now he wants a full confession.

Late Pass / Matt Morgan - Age 18 New York

VOTE: ANNA In a dystopian future, a young couple’s love has fostered an unwanted and illegal pregnancy categorized as a genetic liability. As the secret police close in, Annabelle must flee while Jonas is interrogated by a government official.

VOTE: LATEPASS A young man will do anything to win the heart of the school slut.

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Be Individual / Julien Bam - Age 22 Germany VOTE: INDIVIDUAL Every person’s story is different, and therefore everyone is an individual. Dancing connects and brings everyone together, regardless who you are and where you are from!


Empty Sky / J. Michael Vargas - Age 22 Florida VOTE: EMPTY Brought together by music, two high school girls, Samantha and Taylor, begin a secret romantic affair. But when Taylor’s mom corners the girls, Taylor seems unwilling to protect the relationship, leaving Samantha to decide if it is worth her heartache to preserve it as she leaves for college.

Assumption / Alfie Barker - Age 15 United Kingdom VOTE: ASSUMPTION A troubled teenager finds a way to unfetter his trouble and grief.

Sex, Lies & Angst / Friday, April 27th / 9pm SIFF Uptown 2

Your parents probably don’t want to see this screening, but if they did – they would understand you better! Experience the unfiltered stories of today’s young adults.

titles are too mainstream / Rikke Heinecke - Age 18, Dylan Visvikis - Age 18 Washington VOTE: MAINSTREAM Alex, as a joke, reads the worst, most sexually charged poem ever written at his school’s hipsterhaven poetry contest. With his best friends along for the ride, Alex embarks on a quest to become a hipster legend, and maybe, just maybe, win over the girl of his dreams.

Bookstore / Alexander Haney - Age 16 California

In Spades / Bryan Osotio - Age 17 Washington VOTE: SPADES Color returns to the life of a sad young girl when a new friend introduces her to an unexpectedly meaningful challenge.

Get Some: The Musical / Dennis Noack - Age 19 California

Sights and Sounds / Andrew Molina - Age 18 California

Josh and Josh / Aaron Keeling - Age 20, Austin Keeling - Age 20 California

VOTE: BOOKS Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, must manage the school bookstore for one day, dealing with her preoccupied employees and the craziness that gets in the way of her ambitions.

Pent / Harrison Hunter - Age 20 New Jersey VOTE: PENT Two friends find a tennis ball in the snow that has the power to transform reality.


VOTE: SIGHTS A staring contest between two best friends leads them to catch a glimpse of what friendship truly means.

VOTE: JOSH Two roommates named Josh race to meet up with an elusive girl.


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VOTE: GETSOME1 An ‘experienced’ fraternity pledge member is tasked with having sex with a girl to be initiated, while a naïve, cute freshman girl attempts to shed her innocence and lose her virginity.

Break Up? / Matt Thompson - Age 16 California VOTE: BREAKUP A quirky play-on-words sketch as a boy attempts to break up with his girlfriend who won’t easily give in.

This show is full of laugh out loud innuendo, and below the belt taboo. A guaranteed laughfactory that will have you quoting your favorite lines after the credits roll.

Delayed / Emalie Ruffy - Age 18 Utah VOTE: DELAYED A rock band’s van breaks down in the desert on their way to play a show. As they walked in search of cell service, their lead singer gets kidnapped. The rest of the band has to put the pieces together to rescue their singer and get back on the road in time for their show.

Bruce / Michael Lubin - Age 22 California VOTE: BRUCE There are Super Heroes …There are American Heroes …And then there are Bruce and Lucas …

Inventor’s Day / Nick Nielsen - Age 22 Washington VOTE: INVENTOR Learn all about the importance of Inventors’ Day with the help of Thomas Edison, Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo Galilei, and Marie Curie, as they enlighten you about their contributions to our modern and civilized society.

Deep Note / Max Rissman - Age 21, Emma Brown - Age 21 Czech Republic VOTE: DEEP Julia suffers from immense dissatisfaction with her sex life. One day a dumpy tuba player moves into the apartment below her. When she hears him practicing his tuba she experiences the sexual gratification and pleasure that no man had been able to give her.

Election Day / Zach Wechter - Age 22 California

Manchot and Lionel: Episode 1 Slippy Sledding / Aaron Eberhardt - Age 22 California VOTE: MANCHOT In the miserable bitter cold that is Canada, Manchot, an obnoxious, self-righteous, and obese penguin with a heavy cockney accent, tries to teach his little brother Lionel, shy and timid yet sophisticated, how to live in the Arctic, beginning with the proper method to sledding.

VOTE: ELECTION After being blackmailed the day of the class election, Michael Fabrizio is forced to decide between pursuing his dream of winning the senior class presidency or saving his pregnant girlfriend’s reputation …unless he can get to the bottom of the corruption and stop it before the bell rings.

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Late Night Comedy / Friday, April 27th / 10pm SIFF Uptown 1


Late Night Horror Show / Friday, April 27th / 11pm SIFF Uptown 2

Welcome to the Grindhouse. A blood and guts horror-fest featuring cult-classic shorts that are sure to make you squirm! Muhahaha!!

In This Style / Jake Warren - Age 22, Soraya Lily Knott - Age 22 United Kingdom

Dead Crossing / Gigi Saul Guerrero - Age 21 Canada

El Golpe / Kyle dePinna - Age 22 California

VOTE: CROSSING A group of Mexicans attempt to cross the US/ Mexico border. As they wander the lands, an evil is unleashed on them, leaving a gruesome path of destruction. Sister and brother Maria and Diego escape, but must return to face this evil in order to save their Grandmother.

VOTE: GOLPE Revenge is sweet …A Mob Boss hires two mercenaries to deal with and dispose of a mysterious enemy. When the identity of the captive becomes clear, the hitmen soon realize that, this time, the Boss may have gotten himself into a bigger mess than he can handle.

We Are What We Eat / Ryan Kline - Age 18 Sam Toller - Age 16 United Kingdom

Slice / Ethan Seneker - Age 15 Washington

VOTE: MEAT Arnold is a high school boy in love with Grace. However, Grace has a dark, meaty secret, and Arnold has no idea.

VOTE: WEARE Nicole is bit by her zombie boyfriend. Or is she? We follow as she descends into a waking nightmare that will end life as she knows it.

VOTE: SLICE A boy and his unhealthy passion for pizza.



Meat / Ryan Kline - Age 18 Texas

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VOTE: STYLE It’s 2010 and visiting her Nan and Grandad at their Victorian mansion, Alice is suddenly hit with a barrage of terrifying daydreams of other Alice’s being killed off within their own imaginations, all by a horrific-looking Mad Hatter.


Bring the Kids / Saturday, April 28th / 11am SIFF Uptown 2

The whole crew can agree that these youthmade films are appropriate for all-ages. Introduce your children to the amazing world of filmmaking.

Mail and More / Christopher Dierenfeldt - Age 16 Kansas

A Mermaid Story / Zhenna Watkins - Age 8 Washington

VOTE: MAIL An impatient man tries to mail something out of the country.

VOTE: MERMAID A mermaid and her friends search for lost laundry and then enjoy hot chocolate!

Beauty and the Beast Within / Charlotte Fackre - Age 16, Maeve Hedstrom - Age 15, Seneca Hens - Age 16, Julia Lorello - Age 16, Fiona Worsfold - Age 14 Massachusets VOTE: BEAST A thought provoking short film about a girl struggling to fit in at school.

Brownie Bitz / Gabby Brooks - Age 12 Texas

Crush / Margo Bugniazet - Age 17 New York

VOTE: BROWNIE A young boy is forced to eat nasty brownies until a supplement is developed to replace them, so he can eat more broccoli.

VOTE: CRUSH See what happens when young Michael has a crush on an older girl. Is it meant to be?

Difference In Years / Nicole Rogers - Age 17 Conneticut

Flight of the Fluff / Allison Tate-Cortese - Age 19, Jessica Gross - Age 19 Florida

VOTE: BULLY This documentary depicts how cyberbullying is an online activity that is a serious offense. The characters in this film re-enact what cyberbullying is, its consequences, and what young people can do if they suspect they are a victim.

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Cyberbullying / Charlotte Backus - Age 14, Savannah Olmstead - Age 14 Colorado

VOTE: DIFFERENCE A pen and paper. A keyboard and screen. The way we go about daily tasks has advanced but at the core these actions remain similar to those of an older generation. “Difference in Years� follows the daily life of a Grandmother and her granddaughter. Are their two lives really different after all?

VOTE: FLIGHT This film follows the escape of two unlikely heros from their kitchen captivity.


Friends / Bunee Tomlinson - Age 19 Oklahoma VOTE: FRIENDS Jacob tries to make friends at his new school, but his efforts are only met with rejection. At recess he sees Tommy, another outsider, having similar problems.

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Romance Language / Bryanna Beveridge - Age 17, Ruby Kinnamon - Age 17, Emma Ely - Age 17, Wallace Douglas - Age 14 Massachusetts VOTE: ROMANCE A captivating stop-motion animated short film about a girl’s journey across the world to win her heart back.

VOTE: IMAGINATION What happens when you combine 300 sticky notes, a camera, four guys, and a whole lot of time? This film, called “Imagination” was drawn out on sticky notes, and captured by cameras.

John Luke / Elizabeth Spitsbergen - Age 22 California VOTE: JOHNLUKE A little baby gets out of his house and starts his first great adventure in the outside world. While exploring, he finds a balloon and drags it with him all day long until the balloon breaks his heart.

Piggiepalooza / Ellie Dynes - Age 12 Washington

Spark of Life / Kris Theorin - Age 14 Pennsylvania

VOTE: PIGGIE An average human’s talent is nothing compared to the talent of a guinea pig. Imagine unlimited strength, artistic masterpieces and amazing circus acts.

VOTE: SPARK A small robot strives to reach the top shelf so he can be with the other figures already there. He finds this is no easy task!



VOTE: HEYYOU Music video performed by Kaitlyn Martin and filmed at the 110 year old Historic Everett Theatre.

Imagination / Carlos Montalvo - Age 14, Cameron Bennett - Age 14, Reilly Michener - Age 13, Lucas Rassbach - Age 14 Washington

Love Is A Many Childish Thing / Mikael Hattingh - Age 21 Australia

Remember / Damon O’Grady - Age 17 Washington

VOTE: CHILDISH This is a story about first love. Fumbling, foolish, risky, consuming, distracting, exciting, troublesome, nerve-racking, childish … love.

VOTE: REMEMBER Sometimes a moment in childhood lasts a lifetime.


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Hey You / Nick Terry - Age 19 Washington

NW Scene / Saturday, April 28th / 12pm SIFF Uptown 1

Organic, locally grown and enriched by artistic culture, these Northwest filmmakers show the best of what’s being produced in our own backyard.

Four Students / Tommy Yacoe - Age 22, Andrew Mitrak - Age 22 Washington

The Number / Alex Guettler - Age 16, Ana Krafchick - Age 15, Helen Miller - Age 16 Washington

VOTE: FOURSTUDENTS The film follows the everyday lives of four students from different degree paths, each offering a unique perspective on the value of their undergraduate experience.

VOTE: NUMBER The story of a boy discovering the power of wind, the lightness of paper, and the fleeting feeling of first love.

VOTE: BUMP A documentary about how a paranormal investigating group, Eastern Washington Paranormal, has set out to find what really goes “bump in the night.”

Cogs / Brendan Inkley - Age 18 Washington

Cool Beans / Becket Schroeder - Age 13 Washington

Dancing Slippers / Gigi Gedye - Age 16 Washington

VOTE: COGS You are not in control.

VOTE: COOLBEANS The Walla Walla Roastery is a specialty coffee company that produces extremely high quality coffee, roasted fresh, for their customers. Most of the crew are also avid skateboarders. See how these two passions make a great combination.

VOTE: DANCING A pair of well worn ballet slippers resist being disposed of.

Safe at Last: The Story of Antwaan Dixon / Dylan Spence - Age 17, Louis Weissman - Age 17, Nate Sawtell - Age 18 Washington

CANS / Samantha Jensen - Age 16 Washington



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Bump In The Night / Amelia Mott - Age 12, Oriana Golden - Age 12 Washington

VOTE: CANS Two brothers find a way to connect via tin cans.

VOTE: SAFE Antwaan has never been able to let go of his little league glory days. Now in his senior year of high school he must learn to cope or he’ll never find success again.


Real Life: Documentaries / Saturday, April 28th / 1pm SIFF Uptown 2

The only thing more compelling than a great story, is when it comes from real life. We’ve selected personal stories that are sure to touch your heart, and stimulate your mind.

Missionary Lizards / Zachary Johnson - Age 20 Florida

Who Owns Free Speech? / Leo Pfeifer - Age 13 Washington

Fighting Spirit / Cameron Wauchope - Age 21 United Kingdom

VOTE: SPEECH A documentary film discussing the significance of the first amendment and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

VOTE: FIGHTING Youth unemployment and youth crime are on the rise and riots are raging on Hackney’s notorious Murder Mile. Meanwhile, the Pedro Youth Club reaches out to the local kids to show them that crime is not their only option. The method: boxing. However, as funding cuts and crime close in, will the Pedro survive?

History in These Streets / Nick Liem - Age 17, Brian Birchett - Age 18, Patrick Manning - Age 20 California

Live To Pole / Caroline Kelly - Age 17 Conneticut

VOTE: EVEN Even Handed tells the story of a straight teenage girl who tries to answer the question posed by another student about her Human Rights Commission sticker: “If you’re not gay, why should you care?”

VOTE: HISTORYST Three teenagers from Oakland make a documentary about the role the Black Panthers played in their city’s history, drawing attention to unacknowledged sites of historical significance in the struggle for civil rights.

VOTE: LIVETOPOLE Most people have preconceived notions about pole dancing, believing that it is only for strippers. Pole fitness, a new athletic phenomenon, is currently in contention to become an Olympic sport. Follow four pole dancers who are trying to take the stigma out of their passion.

Living History / Leo Pfeifer - Age 13 Washington

Look Who’s Driving / Airokhsh Faiz Qaisary - Age 21 Afghanistan

Carol of the Bells / Lucy Adams - Age 17 New York

VOTE: LIVINGHIS Shot at the annual “Battle of Port Gamble,” “Living History” explores the motivations of Civil War re-enactors and their take on the significance of historical education in modern society.

VOTE: DRIVING A documentary focusing on the struggles women face in Afghanistan while trying to obtain a driver’s license and drive a car.

VOTE: CAROL A visually dynamic documentary featuring talented musicians and their stories, including interviews with handbell choir members around New York and Connecticut. See how many hands come together to produce a polished and unified sound.




Even Handed / Samantha Highsmith - Age 18, Gabriella Huggins - Age 18 Utah

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VOTE: LIZARDS Many Christians practice well-accepted beliefs. But in modern fundamental Christianity people are seeing rise to a new sermon topic: Dinosaurs. Find out what role these prehistoric reptiles play in the religious struggle of current America in “Missionary Lizards.”

…Continued from Real Life: Documentaries

The Kings of Pops / Jennifer Ligler - Age 20 Florida VOTE: KINGS Steven and Nick Carse created the “King of Pops” after Steven lost his job at AIG. Nick quit his job a month later to join and together they have experienced success.

Music & Dance: Stories in Motion / Saturday, April 28th / 2pm SIFF Uptown 1

Get your groove on and watch these music & dance inspired films that will help you gain the confidence to sing & dance your way around NFFTY 2012. You may find your inner-gleek.

One Week of Danger / Leland Frankel - Age 17 California

The Incredibly True Story of a Lonely Bruised Boy: The Musical / Casey Margolis - Age 15 Nevada

VOTE: DANGER A music video to “One Week of Danger” by The Virgins in which a young man will try anything to be seen by the girl he loves. Sometimes love is blind.

VOTE: BREAD Suddenly a seemingly harmless situation turns into an epic battle after one guy takes a bite from another guy’s sandwich.

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VOTE: LONELY In this short musical comedy, a young man battles the demons inside of his head, caused by the repressed memories of his father. When a family friend finds out this dark secret, he panics and has to make a very harsh decision. Will he recreate his past, or to move on to a new life?

More Than Bread / Julien Buorovits - Age 22 Germany

Love Life, Live Your Dream / Anthony Anglin Jr. - Age 17 California VOTE: LOVELIFE An aspiring artist pursues his dream while trying to inspire others to do the same.

English Pocket Mirror / Sydney Jarol - 18, Dylan Miller - 18, John Hall - 17 Washington VOTE: ENGLISH A music video for “English Pocket Mirror” by the band Us On Roofs, illuminating a troubled relationship.


Tonight Is Halloween / Max Damashek - 19 New York VOTE: HALLOWEEN What happens on the night of Halloween? Join as The Grim Reaper, The Vampire Queen, Dr. Frankenstein, and countess party animals take to the streets luring trick-or-treaters into their dance party around New York City.

…Continued from Music & Dance: Stories In Motion

Dancing Shoes / Ariana Bussio - 17 California VOTE: DANCINGSHOES Two pairs of shoes meet on the street and start dancing.

Dr. Funkenstein / Joe Kitaj - Age 18, Roz Naimi - Age 17 California

I Am An Asiacan / Jesus Olvera - Age 16 California

VOTE: FUNK Dr. Funkenstein creates a monster whose only desire is to find a dance partner.

VOTE: ASIACAN A culturally assimilated teen overcomes his insecurities and struggles through dance.

Rockstar: The Pete Weaver Experience / Laura Holliday - Age 18 California VOTE: ROCKSTARS Pete Weaver dreams of being a rock star but his father wants him to keep his feet on the ground. The resulting struggle helps them gain a better understanding of each other.

Music Video Mixtape / Saturday, April 28th / 3pm SIFF Uptown 2

Talented filmmakers + talented musicians = killer music videos. Watch and listen as great shots and beats collide.

White Moon / Sean Broadbent - Age 22 California

Promises Are Never Far From Lies / Tim Hendrix - Age 19 California

She’s My Drug / Tamar Sasson - Age 22 California

VOTE: WHITEMOON White Moon is the haunting track from The White Stripes album ‘Get Behind Me Satan.’ Here, Jack and Meg are filmmaker auteurs in the beginning of cinema traversing a dustbowl America.

VOTE: PROMISES A murder mystery told in reverse.

VOTE: DRUG A passion-driven spark unfolds when a musician meets an addiction he cannot fight, a powerful woman, who has taken over his heart and mind.


Happy Music Hour VideoFilms Mixtape



…Continued from Music Video Mixtape

Duck, Hush and Be Still / Tanne Sommer - Age 18 Denmark

Grey Graves / Aaron Keeling - Age 20, Austin Keeling - Age 20 California

Falling / Nic Weinfeld - Age 17, Mike Holland - Age 17 Maryland

VOTE: GREY A music video for the song “Grey Graves” by Chase Horseman about moving on from the past and letting go of memories.

VOTE: FALLING The first music video for the band Judablue.

VOTE: DUCKHUSH The fate of four different people, portrayed through music.

Don’t Dip the Pen In Company Ink / Dustin Demoret - Age 20 Indiana

Beautiful People/ Arthur Johnson - Age 21 Massachusetts

Perry Porter “Apollo 11” / Raul Anaya - Age 22 Washington

VOTE: DIPTHEPEN A music video for the band Glorious Rebellion.

VOTE: BEAUTIFUL On a sunny day in Boston, Taylor Gordon receives negativity from everyone she interacts with. Her surprised reaction stems from her perception, and it only becomes clear when the unexpected happens.

VOTE: APOLLO An astronaut tired of being mistreated, Perry Porter finds himself in the middle of the woods talking with the CIA.

Come Back To Me / Wayne Robinson - Age 21 Canada

Julie-O / Will Politan - Age 16, Jake Oleson - Age 17 New Jersey

Making Me Nervous / Ariana Bussio - Age 17 California

VOTE: COMEBACK Sometimes, when you pull too hard you just end up cutting things loose.

VOTE: JULIEO 16-year-old Brannon Cho is a gifted and dedicated cellist. His talent has been recognized locally and nationally. The elegance of his performance is beautifully contrasted with the urban and natural background.

Happy Music Hour VideoFilms Mixtape




VOTE: MAKING A stop-motion music video.

…Continued from Music Video Mixtape

GANGI - “Outside Ones” / Montana Casey - Age 22 California

Starlight / Koli Kohler - Age 18 California

Cults - You Know What I Mean / Kevin Lin - Age 19 California

VOTE: GANGI The parallel story lines of a city dweller stalked and a young man lost in the darkness, with only a flare to show him the way. Both are being watched, the ‘Outside Ones’ are all around us.

VOTE: STARLIGHT While taking a break from her farm work, a girl finds that her dreams become reality.

VOTE: CULTS A disruptive young man struggles with his state of uncertainty and unhappiness.

Across the Globe: International Showcase / Saturday, April 28th / 3pm SIFF Uptown 2

Discover the vibrant talent beyond our geographic boundaries. We’ll show you the world. Don’t miss out!

Chapteh (The Shuttlecock) / Thong Kay Wee - Age 22 Singapore

THE OTHER SIDE / Danish Qasim - 22 Pakistan

Give It Back / Joey De Guzman - Age 20 New Zealand

VOTE: CHAPTEH A coming-of-age story about friendship and innocence where two boys met and bonded through the game of the shuttlecock. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous period of 1960s Singapore where racial tensions ran high; they shared a common interest that went beyond any differences and prejudices.

VOTE: OTHERSIDE A film about raising the voice of thousands of innocent families who have been the target of brutal of drone attacks.

VOTE: GIVEIT On the late night train, a young university student encounters a sleeping man who, upon waking up, accuses the student of stealing his wallet.


Watch Action Sports,

Happy AcrossHour the Globe: Films International Showcase

April 28th 9:30pm at the SIFF Uptown 2!


Check it out!

If You Tell Your Dreams, They Won’t Come True / Yonatan Weinstein - Age 21 Israel VOTE: DREAMS An fresh account of a nightmare disturbs the Saturday morning of an estranged middle aged couple.


…Continued from Across the Globe: International Showcase

In Your Embrace / Andranik Kirakossyan - Age 21 Armenia

Mandala, My Love / Charlotte Beaudoin Pelletier - Age 20 Canada

A Stroll Through The Night / Siegmund Skalar - Age 22 Austria

VOTE: EMBRACE Looking out through a window, a man dreams of running free in nature…

VOTE: MANDELA Dimitri is a senior scientist originally from Russia. Apart from science, he is a great lover of art. In his small kitchen, he attempts to recreate the periodic table of chemical elements by replacing all elements with drawings of complex mandalas.

VOTE: STROLL A study of urban lighting composed of single photographic images; shutter speed and camera movement are manipulated in order to create a singular visual language.

Experimental Cinema / Saturday, April 28th / 5pm SIFF Uptown 2

Through individual discovery, these films push the boundaries of filmmaking as we know it. Open your eyes to a never-before-seen world of unique entertainment.

Cold Streets and Wild-Eyed Dogs / Matthew Sutherland - 20, Matthew Eschbach - 21 Washington

Approbation / Colton Segura - Age 14 Washington

Gravity / Colton Segura - Age 14 Washington

VOTE: APPRO Searching …A characteristic that is hardwired into every living being on the planet earth. The natural desire to discover new things, find out new information, to learn. Despite possible claims, mankind is constantly searching, searching for new advances, new friends, new enemies, new allies.

VOTE: GRAVITY Youth unemployment and youth crime are on the rise and riots are raging on Hackney’s notorious Murder Mile. Meanwhile, the Pedro Youth Club reaches out to the local kids to show them that crime is not their only option. The method: boxing. However, as funding cuts and crime close in, will the Pedro survive?

Infinito en una Hora / Jackson Eagan - Age 19 New York

Jaded / Alexander Tsway - Age 20 Washington

Mirror’s Talk / Sydney Levin - Age 16 Washington

VOTE: INFINITO A girl lies on the sidewalk, contemplating what she has just done. Una joven yace en la acera, contemplando lo que acaba de hacer.

VOTE: JADED A self-imposed exile from societal interaction captures the alienating effects of technological interaction.

VOTE: MIRROR Experimental film about a woman’s insecurities brought on by high expectations within her family.

VOTE: COLDSTREETS A poem visualized.

Happy Experimental Hour Films Cinema




‌Continued from Experimental Cinema

Moonlight / Max Galassi - 14, Amelia Arnold - 18 Conneticut

Move / Jacob Seltzer - Age 17 New York

One / Safar Shakeyev - 20 California

VOTE: MOVE An experimental film showing the beauty of the minute actions of body movement.

VOTE: ONE11 A young writer contemplates about life, its beauty, and the present moment.

Our City, Our Walls / Lucas Trautman - Age 17 Washington

Poe / David Beale - Age 19 California

Sandbox / Michael Masterson - Age 19 Illinois

VOTE: OURCITY Graffiti: Art? Communication? Destruction?

VOTE: POE1 A young man relates a dream in which he is walking on castle walls at night. He thinks of Edgar Allan Poe and begins to describe his work. Is the young man insane?

VOTE: SANDBOX Sebastian wakes up on a quiet night to experience something incredible. He finds that he can teleport himself to his own private oasis! But reality has a cruel way of sneaking up on him, causing his personal haven to collapse, and he struggles to stay inside of his oasis of peace and solitude.

VOTE: MOONLIGHT A girl is caught between the real world and fantasy in this juxtaposition of artificiality and nature. Although the moon casts light, under the cover of night things are not what they appear.

September 7th / Eric Schofhauser - 20 Washington

Static / Kim Sanchez - Age 19 Ohio

VOTE: ROMANCE1 A silent, surrealist short film about a man’s quest for the rekindling of an old flame.

VOTE: SEPTEMBER A visual interpretation of a September 7th, 1851 journal entry by Henry David Thoreau.

VOTE: STATIC A surrealist short depicting the dark and psychological experience of confinement. A thematic yearning to escape manifests in a loop of actions and the mysterious appearance of a woman. Happy Experimental Hour Films Cinema

Romance / Anthony Deitz - 19 Ohio




…Continued from Experimental Cinema

The Potion / Rui Cui - Age 21, Hua Tong - Age 21 California VOTE: POTION An experimental short motion graphic design, showing the miraculous power of a magic potion.

Save Silence / Gabe Conroy - Age 22 Washington

VOTE: CHASE Over the course of 24 hours one man chases a faster, stronger version of himself until he reaches his goal. It is only a matter of time before another superior version of himself appears and he must continue to aspire to be someone better than he was before.

VOTE: SILENCE A love story. The antagonist is the ink that compels us to act without reason. Compassion is the fuel that convinces us to act for love instead of destruction.

Modern Grit / Saturday, April 28th / 6pm SIFF Uptown 1

Intense and raw stories packed with serious action and drama, a truly cutting edge screening that will entertain you to the max!

White Sugar In A Black Pot / Rachel Johnson - Age 22 New York

Vice and Virtue / Andrew Pollins - Age 22 Canada

Something Wrong / Alex Moran - 21 United Kingdom

VOTE: SUGAR What appears to be a good opportunity for a diligent mother and her family to move ahead ends up forcing her to make one of the toughest decisions of her life.

VOTE: VICE A boy and his dog struggle to make ends meet on the harsh city streets..

VOTE: WRONG In a frugal flat in Liverpool, England, the young, neurotic Calvin Lewis leads a lonely life, until he is followed. Calvin’s life begins to fall apart, and it appears that there is only one person to blame. When confronted, this stranger’s true intentions reveal a dark, disturbing secret.

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The Chase / Gretchen Powers - 20 Vermont

Hipster Skating/ Nicolas Wachter - Age 18 Texas VOTE: HIPSTER A hipster skating his negative thoughts away.

Don’t miss it! The Centerpiece Gala is April 28th, 8pm at SIFF. Come imediately to the after party at Intiman!


…Continued from Modern Grit

In The End / Robert Crisp - Age 16 Arkansas

Different Circumstances / Erin Naifeh - Age 21 Tennessee

Wrecks And Violins / Kevin Lin - 19 California

VOTE: INTHE A film looking at our decisions through a different perspective. Looking back would we make the same decision?

VOTE: DIFFERENT1 Role playing isn’t for everyone.

VOTE: WRECKS Silver, a disoriented teenager, must overcome a stranger’s bizarre torment that has been thrust upon him, with nothing more than a violin and his monkey-suited comrade.

Feature: Night Sights / Saturday, April 28th / 7pm SIFF Uptown 2



Night Sights / Matt Thompson - Age 17

Happy Feature: Hour Night Films Sights

California Feature length film Directed by 17 year old Matt Thompson, Night Sights is a high-concept Sci-Fi story that delivers. — After losing his son, a grieving father stumbles upon a network of people that collect souls of the deceased, preparing them for their journey out of Purgatory.


The future is here. NFFTY’s prided Centerpiece screening shows the best of the best by names you’ll be sure to see again.

The Beach House / Richard Standen - Age 22, Tom Stanley - Age 22 United Kingdom

Why Does God Hate Me? / Joel Ashton McCarthy - Age 21 Canada

Cover Up / Michelle Bertnth - Age 18 Denmark

VOTE: BEACHHOUSE River Ames is a hearing child of deaf adults and is brother to two younger deaf siblings, Emmet and Enola. After six years away from his family, he arrives late to the will reading for his parents who have recently died.

VOTE: WHYDOES A coming-of-age comedy about Matthew, a 14-year-old boy living in a very religious town, whose best friend Ester tries to ‘cure’ him of being gay. But a trip to San Francisco shows Matthew that he might not be the one who needs curing.

VOTE: COVER René has returned home from Afghanistan where his time as a soldier has ended. He is desperately trying to get his life back on track, but a trauma from the past is ruining his last chance of seeing his son again.

It Ain’t Over / Caleb Slain - 21 Michigan

The End / Dom Fera - Age 19 New Jersey

VOTE: OVER Once a man with all the answers, Dr. Ed Dobson is struggling to resolve his own questions before succumbing to the unusual disease slowly deteriorating his ability to talk, swallow, chew, grip, walk, and even breathe.

VOTE: THEEND1 In this superpower love story, 17-year-old Brendon McKellar is instantly shown the end of his relationship with any new person he meets-whether he wants to see it or not.



Centerpiece Gala / Saturday, April 28th / 8pm SIFF Uptown 1

PARTY! Don’t miss the Centerpiece Afterparty at Intiman

Happy Centerpiece Hour Films Gala

Theater immediately following the showing!


Action Sports presented by vitaminwater®

/ Saturday, April 28th / 9:30pm SIFF Uptown 2

The best films featuring riders & boarders shredding snow, thrashing waves and grinding street. Watch the craziest stunts filmed in the most extreme environments.

The Love of Adventure / Tyler Thompson - Age 18, Luke Holtgeerts - Age 17, Alex Miller - Age 18 Washington

Lab Days / Gabe Zumpano - Age 18 New York

Young Hearts / Philippe Ryan-Giroux - Age 21, Sébastien Devaux - Age 22 Canada

VOTE: LOVEOF A short personal documentary about a teenager’s love of adventure and the mentors who have shared his love of running, mountain biking, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking.

VOTE: LABDAYS Five close friends tear up the slopes on a clear day at Labrador Mountain in Syracuse, NY.

VOTE: YOUNG In the shades of life, a young man struggles to succeed at what he loves the most: trials biking. Between his will to pursue his passion, and his need for victory, lies the beauty of his questions.

Surf Perform / Liam Southall - Age 20 United Kingdom

Tyler Wheeland: While I Have It / Stephen Diaz - Age 21 California

VOTE: GROUSE Park Rats Micheal Granger and Tomas Smyth doing some early January laps at Grouse Mountain. Shot in Vancouver, BC.

VOTE: SURF1 We join surfer Jack Balding on his board as he catches a perfect early morning wave and recalls how as a child growing up in Barbados his dad taught him to surf.

VOTE: HAVEIT A short documentary exploring the love of extreme sports. A competition with yourself, an inner battle, and overcoming the mind. This video explores pro rider Tyler Wheeland’s experience growing up and falling in love with the unconventional sport of scootering.

Scott Fleischer / Ben Massey - Age 16 Oregon

Why We Love It / Jonathan Morris - Age 18 North Carolina

The Forgotten Coast / Diana White - Age 17 Conneticut

VOTE: SCOTTF A compilation of Scott Fleischer’s 2011 dirt jumping season. Shot at The Lair and other locations in Bend, Oregon.

VOTE: WHYLOVE Everybody loves their own sport for a reason. For each person it’s something different. This short film takes a look into why athletes dedicate so much time, passion, and energy into doing what they love.

VOTE: COAST Located only a subway ride away from New York City, Rockaway Beach is home to the surfers of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Although the temperature of the water may not always be ideal, the local surfers defend their territory as one of the best spots to surf on the East Coast.



Happy Action Hour Sports Films presented by vitaminwater ®


Grouse Park / Andrew Santos - Age 17 Canada

…Continued from Action Sports

The Grand Scale / Nigel Edwards - 21 Canada VOTE: GRAND The Grand Scale features local athletes from Kelowna B.C. Canada, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and wakesurfing. Watch these athletes do what they love doing, as we push the boundaries of sport filmmaking.

Hold onto your seats and prepare for the unexpected. This collection of suspense thrillers is sure to accelerate adrenaline and make you jump.

The Water’s Edge / Chris Thomas - 22 United Kingdom

Right Here With You / Robert Crisp - Age 16 Arkansas

Somnolence / Max Magerkurth - Age 17 Washington

VOTE: WATER A man struggles to survive alone in the mountains, spending his days watching the lake for movement, and his nights hiding in his cave from unseen predators. When he sees a distant figure disappear beneath the waters, he returns to his cave consumed by despair – only to find something waiting for him.

VOTE: RIGHTHERE A sordid story of swift revenge. Who can you trust when you can’t trust your closest friends?

VOTE: SOMNO A man is taken captive and his memory is erased. When he awakens, he tries to piece together his forgotten life and in the process discovers the undesirable truth.

24:00:00 / Mads Krause - Age 18, Simon Vinholt - Age 17 Denmark

12/15/96 / Mae Catt - Age 20 California

Mute / Javier Meléndez - Age 22 Massachussets

VOTE: DECEMBER Dysfunctional friends Adam and Quentin are on the road, taking care of business in their own inimitable fashion.

VOTE: MUTE Monette hasn’t been to church in years, yet he finds himself sitting in a confessional. A series of events involving a cheating wife, $125,000, and a hitchhiker has him telling a priest his life story and how one solitary ride through the New England country side has turned his world upside down.

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Late Night Adrenaline / Saturday, April 28th / 10pm SIFF Uptown 1

VOTE: TWENTY4 Follow the two young friends Hjalte and Maja in their experiences with the supernatural. As the two friends are challenged to contact the ghost of Bloody Mary, things escalate and what started as a joke gets serious. Will they be able to survive their encounters with a 500-year-old evil spirit?


…Continued from Late Night Adrenaline

Watch! The Incorporation / Hannah Levy - Age 20, Alyssa Migliori - Age 20, Spenser Gabin - Age 21, Jonathan Gaynes - Age 20 Rhode Island

Discover the vibrant talent spread way beyond our geographic boundaries.

VOTE: THEINC At Polycom International, a fictional corporation, you don’t rise to the top without making a few sacrifices. But when a young businessman joins this company’s executive board, he must decide how much depravity he is able to swallow.

48 Hour Film Off presented by vitaminwater®

/ Sunday, April 29th / 10:30am SIFF Cinema 1

Local high schools compete for cash to support their film programs. The challenge: make a 3 minute movie in two days! Watch the 12 short films and cast your vote to decide the winner.

Winning school receives $1,500 cash!

Happy 48 HourHour FilmFilms Off presented by vitaminwater ®




NFFTY Earth / Sunday, April 29th / 11am SIFF Uptown 2

Environmental and social justice issues are brought to light through these films motivating awareness and positive change.

10,000 Trees / Sarah Ginsburg - Age 22, Sarah Berkovich - Age 22 Massachusetts

Unidos Si Se Puede (United Yes We Can) / Jesse Rosenberg - Age 20 New York

The Hidden Land of Caño Palma / Julia Kim - Age 20 Canada

VOTE: UNITED A film about Carver Garden, operated in East Harlem by Unidos Si Se Puede, “United We Can,” a non-profit organization in New York City that offers services to low-income families from North, Central, and South America.

VOTE: HIDDEN Caño Palma Biological Station is a hidden gem in the rainforest near Tortuguero, Costa Rica. This documentary unveils its incredible biodiversity and the conservation challenges it faces—filled with hope for success in this local area.

Project Food / Andrew Molina - 18 California

I’m Here / Jude Chehab - Age 16 Lebanon

Home Sweet Home / Angeline White - Age 17 Illinois

VOTE: PROJECT A documentary discussing the food and eating habits of teenagers, with a case study on Bellarmine College Preparatory, a high school in San Jose, California.

VOTE: IMHERE A film based on how society limits Hijabis’ freedom of speech. Although Muslim women are tied down by society, “I’m Here” defies these boundaries. Watch as the Muslim women break themselves free and speak proudly of their professions, without uttering a word.

VOTE: SWEETHOME A film focusing on the lives of homeless kids and how they get through each day without a place to call their own.

El Kenisa (The Church) / Omar A Rashed - Age 21 Egypt

Bottles and Cans / Joshua Masters - Age 16 California

White + Black = Red / Simone Giampaolo - Age 22 Switzerland

VOTE: THECHURCH A timely piece about media censorship, set in Egypt.

VOTE: BOTTLES A group of students track the path of recyclables.

VOTE: WHITEBLACK White + Black = RED is a socially positive animated short about an argument between two opposite characters: one white and one black, who learn about respect and love.

VOTE: TREES In 2001, Victor Kaufmann looked at his plot of land in Lyle, Washington and realized that something was missing: trees. “10,000 Trees” is the story of Victor actualizing his vision and finding fulfillment, eighty-five years young.

Happy NFFTY Hour EarthFilms




Animation! / Sunday, April 29th / 12pm SIFF Uptown 1

A dynamic assembly created through computer-generated, hand-drawn, clay, stopmotion and alternative animation.

Detatchment / Dylan Young - Age 19 Australia

Legando / Kris Theorin - Age 14, Kurtis Theorin - Age 18 Pennsylvania

VOTE: DETATCH Into a gray city filled with people of monotonous lifestyles, hope enters and turns into an obsession for one of the city’s inhabitants. He eventually gives up his job and home in order to follow his obsession to reach greener pastures.

The Boy and The Tree / Jimmy Zhang - 22 Washington

VOTE: LEGANDO This animated film follows the adventures of Legando and his efforts to help a persecuted family overcome an evil wealthy businessman. A spoof based on the old Zorro films.

VOTE: BOYTREE A boy finds a piece of home in a new land.

Titan / Ricardo Espinoza - 17 Texas

The Isle of Chawumpum (Part 2) / Cody Hendrickson - Age 18 Washington

VOTE: PRESENCE A story of a grieving old man, drowning in the sudden absence of his beloved wife. Day by day he faces the deafening silence and emptiness that is left behind. Holding on to sentiments and precious memories, he begins filling the empty spaces in his life with anything and everything he can.

VOTE: TITAN A short film dedicated to and inspired by an unforgettable stray pit bull-mix named Titan.

VOTE: ISLE In Part 2 of the Chawumpum trilogy, Billy and Jesse have been separated on different parts of the island. As Billy chases the pirate that holds the clue to continue their treasure hunt, Jesse must face a new and dangerous obstacle‌the Dragon Dodo.

The Mistake / Clark Weldon - Age 17 Oregon

Sintel / Colin Levy - Age 22 Netherlands

VOTE: MISTAKE When some mercenaries try to eliminate their target, they get more than they bargained for.

VOTE: SINTEL In a medieval fantasy world, a plucky orphan girl finds a companion in an injured baby dragon. When her new friend is ruthlessly taken away, she embarks on an arduous quest to confront its abductor. But not everything goes according to plan.



An Animation!


The Presence In The Absence / Michelle Williamson - Age 20 Australia

Made To Inspire / Sunday, April 29th / 1pm SIFF Uptown 2

These films celebrate film as the ultimate vehicle for storytelling: guaranteed to pull at your heart strings and make you think about your place in this world.

A Pony For Connie / Tansy Michaud - Age 22 Florida

Catch / Jazlyn Cartaya - Age 16 Florida

Need Gas / Alex Herz - Age 14 California

VOTE: PONY Suffering from the stigma of divorce in 1960s suburbia, Mrs. Barrett wants nothing more than to help her children, Walter and Connie, cope with their father’s absence. Although Mrs. Barrett is at a loss for what to do, Walter may have just come up with the perfect situation.

VOTE: CATCH1 A teenage boy finds himself struggling with dilemmas in life and tries to consult someone who exposes his underlying problem.

VOTE: NEEDGAS When a California motorist runs out of gas on the side of a remote highway, he unexpectedly receives help from a family of Mexican immigrants.

Human / Amanda Prager - Age 16 New Jersey

Life As A Collage / Forrest Penrod - Age 17 Washington D.C.

Dreamer / Sang-Mi Park - Age 22 South Korea

VOTE: HUMAN1 A judgmental, insecure girl learns not to judge herself or her peers so harshly.

VOTE: COLLAGE A documentary made by seven DC students in an attempt to give a local artist and teacher, Tim Gabel, a last chance to speak words of wisdom as he struggled with cancer. This film shows interviews with Tim and documents his reflections and world outlook during the last stages of his life.

VOTE: DREAMER Jin is a white collar worker living in Seoul. He lives a very different life from his dream. However he has an enlightening moment in the dream world that the ‘Little Jin’ from the past is alive, just like his dream.

Play For Me / Jordan Markezich - Age 14 Washington

Skip A Beat / Heather Leith - Age 18 California

Human Of The Year / Aaron Keeling - Age 20 California

VOTE: PLAY1 An old composer seeking inspiration learns an important lesson from his granddaughter.

VOTE: SKIP A girl suffers loss but discovers hope through a memento left by her grandfather.

VOTE: HUMAN11 After being selected as the new “Human Of The Year,” Walter Atlason must accepts his responsibilities and rise to the occasion… before it’s too late.

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For lovers of all genres, each of these shorts take you on a unique emotional journey.

Absent / Richie Siegel - Age 17 New York

Black / Ashok Selvan - Age 22 India

Eu Du Human / Angel Lugo - Age 21 Pennsylvania

VOTE: ABSENT A film exploring the results of a household filled with excessive money, absent parents, and a son, tired of it all.

VOTE: BLACK11 Black takes you through the journey of an individual torn between duty and obligation and the world that lies beyond it. A portrayal of the strength of emotions and their ability to awaken the soul inside oneself.

VOTE: DUHUMAN Eau Du Human is about an underground organization of humans who are using their body odor to distinguish themselves from the ultra clean population of androids bent on replacing humanity. The film follows Conner, a member of this organization, and his budding relationship with Jill.

Fields of Plenty / Benito Sanchez - Age 20 Nebraska

Push & Pull / Dorothy Pranolo - Age 22 Australia

Retrospective / Ricky Rose - Age 21 Florida

VOTE: PLENTY David is a simple farmer living off the land. Tragedy strikes when locusts lay waste to his crops and his life is is further complicated by his sick wife. His fortune improves when he finds mysterious gold coins in his field. David finds himself with a difficult choice.

VOTE: PUSH Lisa, a young Asian-Australian girl, feels endlessly pressured by her mother to be the perfect violinist. When tensions between the two collide at Lisa’s much anticipated violin audition, which path will she follow? The life she wants, or the one that her mother has paved for her?

VOTE: RETRO The film traces a one-night stand backwards from its inception to the day before, moving simultaneously through the day of Ronnie, a dissatisfied director, and Gloria, an unhappily engaged attorney.



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Strangers In The Night / Linden Bengtson - Age 18, Anthony Perales - Age 17 California VOTE: STRANGERS A girl struggles to live with her abusive stepfather and meets a young man who wants to help her.


The Human Condition / Sunday, April 29th / 3pm SIFF Uptown 2

It’s impossible to escape some of the quirks and bends we face in the game of life. See how these characters deal with the cards they are given and what becomes of their choices.

Will and The Worry Dolls / Max Clendaniel - Age 22 United Kingdom

Waking Up / Matthew Puccini - Age 18 California

Under The Skysigns / Francesca Sophia - Age 22 United Kingdom

VOTE: WORRY Will is stuck in a boring daily routine and the only time he can feel like a child again is in his dreams. While he is sleeping he is entertained by “Worry Dolls.” When fed up with real life, the worry dolls (as grown men) come into his world to try and show him how fun life can be.

VOTE: WAKING When Boy meets Girl, suddenly everything they know is in question - where they are, who they are, and where they want to go. Part experimental, part coming-of-age, and part archetypal love story, “Waking Up” is about two people not sure what they’re looking for.

VOTE: SKYSIGNS Two siblings whose parents are on the verge of a divorce, struggle to come to terms with the war overseas and the war taking place under their own roof.

Three Doors / Josefine Moody - Age 18 Denmark

The Return / Harrison Bahe - Age 22 Arizona

VOTE: 3DOORS A father and daughter have always lived together and are both content until the daughter finds out that there is a world outside.

VOTE: RETURN1 A man faces the mistakes of his past in hopes of redemption.

Boy Meets Squirrel / Olivia Chuba - Age 17, Jamie Ember - Age 17 California

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Valediction / Dustin Kahia - Age 22 California VOTE: VALE It’s easy to stay positive when life is always good to you, but what about when life throws you a curve ball?


VOTE: SQUIRREL A sudden encounter with a squirrel causes a boy to view his life a little differently.

Random Acts / Saturday, April 28th / 4pm SIFF Uptown 1

These shorts are some of the most engaging films that were designed for you to experience at the Cinema. Sit back, relax, and let these cinematic triumphs wash-over you.

My Life: The Movie: The Movie / Chase Bennett - Age 19, Max Cannon - Age 19 Idaho

Ladders / Mark Breedlove - Age 16 Illinois

Fixative / Jason Natzke - Age 22 California

VOTE: LADDERS Ladders is the story of an old man living in a salvage yard with an obsession over a long lost opportunity like no other. His second chance is threatened when he encounters three kids who stumble upon the object of his obsession..

VOTE: FIXATIVE Jacob is 22 years old and rotting in the same town he grew up in. His world changes when his estranged best friend Sean returns to town for a night, bringing his baggage with him.

Absent / Malcolm Badewitz - Age 21 Washington

A Strange Day In July / Shantal Reich - Age 18, Andy Freedman - Age 22 California

VOTE: UNKEPT Kid Smpl explores the organic potential of electronic music, taking us on a journey through the natural soundscapes of his mind and habits. This surreal world lives and breathes with the score.

VOTE: ABSENT A broken family must emerge from the loss of a loved one.

VOTE: STRANGE Following the death of his brother, 12-year-old Ryan needs all the help he can get. He finds light in memories, mermaids, and magic to find a silver lining on that dark summer day.



Unkept – Kid Smpl / Sawyer Purman - Age 21, Ben Anderson - Age 20 Washington

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VOTE: MYLIFE Leo has an unusual life. Everything that happens to him is literally just like it would happen in a movie. From car chases to girls throwing themselves at him, he encounters it all. Leo struggles through his incredibly cinematic life, trying to grasp a little bit of reality.


Raw, personal stories of love, life, and loss. These films put you in the mind of the lead characters and let you experience the world through someone else’s eyes.

Be-You-Tiful / Jason Segal - Age 17 California

Anything Is Possible / Pat Meyer - Age 19 Pennsylvania

Come Follow Me / Devon Dresback - Age 20 Arizona

VOTE: BEYOU A documentary showing the hard constraints society places on girls everywhere.

VOTE: POSSIBLE A documentary about children who have been diagnosed with Autism. They talk about their disability and how they cope with it, including interviews with the children and their parents.

VOTE: FOLLOW In a country school classroom, a teacher is struck by the boredom of her students during her class. Desiring a lasting impact on these young, impressionable minds, she turns to fresh surroundings and personal reflections in order to inspire her students to see life in a different light.

Deady Dearest / Chris Murphy - Age 19 New York

Left Alone / Connor Lang - Age 19, David Gauthier - Age 20 Canada

Sketch / Cody Carlson - 18 Arizona

VOTE: DEADY Russ tries to attend his father’s funeral. Unfortunately for Russ, his teacher is going to help him every step of the way.

VOTE: LEFTALONE A young man and a beautiful girl catch eyes and a glimpse at a future relationship. Problems erupt and the young man is left with the choice of letting go, or overcoming fear and chasing after her.

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Through My Eyes / Sunday, April 29th / 5pm SIFF Uptown 2


VOTE: SKETCH A young man with a depressing life finds a unique sketch set in a mysterious pawn shop. The sketch changes his life and the lives closest to him in drastic ways.

The Boardwalk / Caleb Jaffe - Age 14 California

Lost and Found / Brianna Kadem - Age 16 Washington

The Best Man / Matt Morgan - Age 19 Texas

VOTE: BOARDWALK Two very different friends, Charlie and Shin, search the Venice Boardwalk in order to find a birthday gift for Charlie’s uncle. The two of them must overcome each other’s flaws and weaknesses in order to complete their journey successfully.

VOTE: FOUND A lost dog helps a boy conquer his biggest fear.

VOTE: BESTMAN On the day of his brother’s wedding, a man must accept the fact that his ex-girlfriend is going to be a part of his family.

FITZ / Brit Wigintton - Age 19 California

Trapped / Owen Craft - 17, Alexis Lee - 18 Washington

The Bard / Matthew Clegg - Age 21, Adam Carboni - Age 21 Virginia

VOTE: TRAPPED A girl is trapped at school after staying late to finish an assignment. She calls for help, but there’s no one who can save her.

VOTE: BARD Years after witnessing the death of his daughter during a terrible storm at sea, Begley the Bard has abandoned fishing and resigned to the life of an outcast. He sings his story at the local bar in hopes of finding solace from the guilt that plagues him.

VOTE: FITZ A teenage boy is admitted to a prestigious boarding school, where he finds himself caught between two rival factions. He must quickly assess and learn to navigate the social and political tides or risk getting kicked out of school.




Wrap-up your NFFTY experience by celebrating these original stories told with the style and flair only a young director could imagine. Film Starts Here, and ends with this amazing showcase of talent.

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Saturday, April 28th SAG-AFTRA Roundtable

11:15am Featuring: Dena Beatty, SAG-AFTRA Executive Director, Pacific Northwest Abby Dylan, Actor; SAG National Board Member, Seattle; WFW Board Member Patti Kalles, Casting Director

Queer Exposure: LGBT people in the film industry 12:45pm Moderator: Jason Plourde, Programming Director, 3 Dollar Bill Cinema Panelists: Jim Fall, Director/Producer/Writer Norma Jean Straw, Political Activist/Film Producer Daniel Tayara, Programming Assistant, 3 Dollar Bill Cinema

From Pencils to Pixels 2:15pm Featuring: Tony White, AIE

The Elements of a Good Story: A Screenwriter’s Checklist 3:30pm Featuring: Chris Auer, Chair, Film & Television, Savannah College of Art & Design

Tired of casting your kid sister? This panel will shed light on how to work with professional actors: how to hire them, what to expect when working with them, and how SAG has made it easier and more affordable than ever to work with actors in the guild. SAG Executive Director Dena Beatty, along with local casting agents and talent answers questions and discuss the ins-and-outs of their business. People who identify as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) are involved in every aspect of the film industry, but not all of them are “out.” Among the current and next generation of young LGBT filmmakers, queer identity is more open and evident than ever before. If audiences know a director is gay, does it (and should it) change their perception of a film? What are the potential risks and benefits of being identified as a queer filmmaker? Presented by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment | Award-winning author, animator and educator, Tony White, presents some of his award-winning 2D animated films and underlines why traditional art skills are fundamentally important - not only to traditional animators but for all contemporary CG artists intending to work in both the film and computer game industries! “ Presented by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) | Between “FADE IN:” and “FADE OUT” every screenwriter has a list of essential points that must be covered. They include the primary and secondary goals of the protagonist, the well-defined antagonist, a welldefined “Ordinary World” and all the complications that propel the protagonist on his or her journey to defeat the forces that challenge him or her or, conversely, that defeat the hero.


Xbox 360® Lounge / Friday, April 27th 2D to 3D Conversion: We’ll Make a Convert Out of You 2:30pm Featuring: Benoit Doidic, Digital Domain

Gear-Up & Shoot Off

4:00pm Featuring: Tim Ovel owner of indiSystem

Learn to separate the myths from the facts regarding 3D conversion, and see how stereo filmmaking can benefit from the creative control offered by processes like Digital Domain’s Dimensionalization®. Benoit Doidic, Training Manager for Digital Domain MediaGroup, will discuss how to differentiate good 3D from bad 3D, the key tools and techniques used in the proper conversion of a feature film, and the basics of getting into stereo filmmaking. Presented by IndiSystem | Get hands on with camera rigs, jibs and other amazingly lowpriced equipment built for DSLRs, iPhones, and put it to the test! Hour-long workshop for anyone looking to be on an indie film crew.


Saturday April 28th School’d: A Film Education Panel

11:15am Moderator: Sam Kelly, NFFTY Panelists: Andrew Syder, Professor, Florida State University Joelle Collier, Professor, Santa Fe University of Art & Design Charles E. Swanson, Cinematographer/Faculty, Loyola Marymount University Rich Fortinberry, Chair, BFA Film Program, Brooks Institute

Music for Film Panel

12:45pm Moderator: Brian Langsbard, Composer Panelists: Jenn Miller, President and Cofounder of Audiosocket Dom Fera, Filmmaker Jennifer Harmon, Associate Director, Film & Television/New Media, ASCAP Justin Melland, Composer

Film School Presentations 2:30pm

Masterclass Presentation: Finding Your Voice 4:00pm Featuring: Caroline Sascha Cogez, Film Director from Denmark

You love making movies, but what resources are there to support you? We’ll talk about what it takes to get into the best film schools, and what you can learn beyond the classroom in the age of DIY filmmaking.

Many filmmakers are intimidated when it comes to finding music for their film. These industry experts from all sides of the music industry will explain the options and process of finding the very best music for your project, whether it’s originally composed, licensed or created yourself.

Highlights and detailed admissions information from 3 great film schools! Santa Fe University of Art & Design, Columbia College Hollywood and New York Film Academy. The tiny country of Denmark is a filmmaking powerhouse. Last year the Oscar for best foreign film and the Cannes Lion for Best Director went to Danish directors. How are so many powerful films being made without big budgets or special effects? The Stories. Award winning Danish Director Caroline Sascha Cogez will guide you through a personal journey of discovering how to tell the very best story. What elements could inspire you as a filmmaker to find your inner voice? What makes a good story and how does a filmmaker create compelling storytelling and character development? Be prepared to walk away from this panel with great inspiration and vast knowledge.



The Main Stage / Friday April 27th Keynote Panel: Behind the Scenes of Indie Film

Behind the Scenes of Independent film. The process, the players and how it all works.


Maxon/Cinema 4D Product Showcase

Watch a live product demonstration and VFX breakdown of select scenes from NFFTY Filmmaker Ben Kadie. We’re talking CG and special effects combined with live action, learn how to make your films more epic.

1:30pm Featuring: Mathias Omotola, Maxon Ben Kadie, NFFTY Filmmaker

Talk Shop: Using The Right Technology For Your Story

Industry Directors and technologists discuss the latest tools and technology available to the next generation of filmmakers. We’ll explore how it can impact storytelling and various types of projects: films, commercials, music videos, you name it!

2:30pm Moderator: Brad Wilke Panelists: Alex Buono, Filmmaker & DP for Saturday Night Live Morgan Henry, Creative, Digital Kitchen Mark Siegel, Advanced Broadcast Systems Bill Kupferle, Panasonic Neill Barham, Filmic Pro

Join us at the Expo and discuss emerging technologies for telling stories, and platforms for the next generation of filmmakers.

From Still to Video: The Future of Cinema 4:00pm Join us at the Expo and discuss emerging technologies for telling stories, and platforms for the next generation of filmmakers.


Panasonic Panasonic System Communications Company of North America (PSCNA) is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video, projection and pro display products and systems for the most demanding applications. Pond5 Pond5, the World’s Stock Media Marketplace, is a community-driven marketplace for stock media, featuring the largest collection of royalty-free stock video, with more than 1,000,000 clips, as well as millions of photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, After Effects project templates, and 3D models. All media on Pond5 is instantly downloadable, and licensed under a simple royalty-free license.


Red Giant Software Red Giant creates effects tools ranging from plug-in suites, applications & mobile apps to Guru Presets, free products & sharing communities. We provide software for motion design, photography and color correction that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production. Santa Fe University of Art and Design The Moving Image Arts program at SFUAD integrates film and digital production with critical studies and writing. We are committed to developing an environment where students can produce personal and creative work that challenges prevailing political, cultural, and aesthetic conventions. Savannah College of Art and Design Hand Crank Films is a Seattle video production company that understands what it takes to get the job done and make your life easier. We’re strategic, more competitively priced than many of the big guys, but with the same fire power. And yeah, we’re expert at one thing: Telling stories. Your stories SAG-AFTRA Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. SAG is headquartered in Los Angeles, with 20 branches nationwide. SAG represents over 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures, television programs, commercials, video games, corporate/educational programs, Internet and all new media formats. Seattle Film Institute The Seattle Film Institute offers professional certificates, undergraduate degree options, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. And every SFI student can participate in our nationally recognized internship program. Seattle Office of Film + Music From Tugboat Annie to Northern Exposure, Seattle has done and seen it all. Our sophistication and quality of life attracts the country’s top talent, crews & vendors; creating a film industry that contributes $471 million to the city’s economy. Focusing on the growth of businesses, revenue, jobs & wages, the office strives to make Seattle a great place to MAKE A LIVING making film, music & interactive media. Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in film and new media, theatre performance, technical theatre and directing/stage management. Veam Veam empowers film makers and musicians to easily put their content into the hands (and pockets) of their intended audiences. Perhaps more importantly, get paid while doing it. 64


Final Draft Final Draft® software – the number-one selling scriptwriting application in the world – for over 20 years. Final Draft software automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards allowing writers to focus on what they do best – scripting stories. Used by industry giants, like J.J Abrams, James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin, and more, Final Draft software has become the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. Florida State University The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts offers undergraduate and graduate a programs and is recognized as “one of the top film schools in the world” (The Hollywood Reporter). Through a pioneering collaboration with the Digital Domain Institute, FSU is launching a new BFA in Animation & Digital Arts Program in Fall 2012. Grand Canyon University A bachelor’s degree in digital fi lm from Grand Canyon University can prepare you for an exciting career in the arts. Classes involve engaging interaction with classmates as well as individual attention from instructors who care about your success. For more information, call 800.800.9776 or visit G-Technology G-Technology manufactures a comprehensive line of affordable external disk storage solutions designed for professional video content creation applications. Our USB, FireWire, eSATA, mini-SAS and Thunderbolt systems support all levels of audio/video production. Hand Crank Films Hand Crank Films is a Seattle video production company that understands what it takes to get the job done and make your life easier. We’re strategic, more competitively priced than many of the big guys, but with the same fire power. And yeah, we’re expert at one thing: Telling stories. Your stories ikan ikan is an award-winning designer, manufacturer, and distributor geared to provide total solutions for video professionals. We are a constantly evolving and ever-flexible company that prides itself on its value-conscious products. At ikan, we work closely with our dealers and end users to ensure creation of quality products that enhance film and video productions. indiSYSTEM Where camera gear doesn’t cost more than the camera. indiSYSTEM is capable of being your number one source for follow focus, matte box, DSLR rigs, camera slider, and other custom camera accessories meant to make your photography life easier and more efficient. LMU School of Film and Television SFTV offers a strong liberal arts education with a focus on developing craft, story and technical expertise. Internationally ranked as a top film school (Hollywood Reporter), SFTV’s state-of-the-art facilities provide a tapeless model of production and post-production, and its animation program is one of the only offering virtual cinematography. Maxon / Cinema 4D CINEMA 4D is a fully integrated 3D modeling, animation and rendering package, providing speed, ease of use and modularity. Available on both Macintosh and Windows.


New York Film Academy New York Film Academy offers summer programs for students ages 10-17 at Universal Studios, Hollywood, New York, Harvard and abroad. NYFA also offers a 3-Year accelerated Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Acting and Video Game Design.

Exhibitors Audiosocket Audiosocket is a music licensing and technology company that gets music to whoever needs it. Stock music is crap and we don’t represent it. Our pre-cleared music comes from bands and composers that create culturally relevant content. With more than 30,000 songs that span 204 genres of music, you’re sure to find whatever you need for your production. Advanced Broadcast Solutions ABS provides a place for just about anyone out there holding a video camera, microphone or running an editing station by designing complex production systems, setting up plans for new projects, asking questions and purchasing gear. ABS has the experience in putting together the most extensive high end systems as well as designing and putting together affordable video production solutions that get amazing results. Academy of Interactive Entertainment AIE provides cutting edge, hands-on training, making our graduates instrumental in game programming, interactive entertainment, game art and other related industries. Graduates can be found working in some of the world’s fastest growing CGI industries. AJA Video Systems AJA Video, headquartered in Grass Valley, California, has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets since 1993. The industry continues to move forward and AJA is moving with it. Brooks Institute of Photography Film | Visual Journalism | Photography Brooks Institute offers intensive training in narrative and documentary filmmaking with campuses in Ventura and Santa Barbara California. With a 65-year legacy, degree programs, and a working faculty, Brooks challenges students to ‘learn by doing’ in a campus housed in a former working studio. Canon Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-tobusiness, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. Columbia College, Hollywood Columbia College Hollywood (CCH) is the college for filmmakers. We put a camera in your hands and you start making movies in your very first quarter of school. We give you access to the core of the movie industry – internships, employment opportunities, equipment and experience. Digital Domain Institute The Digital Domain Institute and its award-winning professional staff at Digital Domain Media Group provide training in specialized technical craft areas needed by aspiring professionals in the digital media industry. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising FIDM offers several degree options, including a four-year Bachelor of Science degree; 20 creative majors, and an unparalleled Career Center with a database of over 19,000 employers and growing. FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has been educating students for careers in the fashion and entertainment industries for over 40 years. 66

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April 27–28 Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 11am–5pm Daily Free

We hope you find this as exciting of an opportunity as we do and block off ample time to take it all in! How better to explore the Future of Film than with the directors of tomorrow! See you there!

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Here at NFFTY, we receive countless questions from filmmakers about equipment, schools, and film industry contacts. We also hear from film schools and film technology companies asking how they can be more connected with our NFFTY filmmakers. So we decided to bring it all together into an event celebrating film—not just for our filmmakers, but all filmmakers and film fans! We searched for the most interesting topics, panelists, newest innovations in equipment— what we would want to see as filmmakers and enthusiasts ourselves! We partnered with the Next Fifty, a six-month celebration of the 1962 World’s Fair at the Seattle Center, to bring you this FREE 2-day Expo featuring exhibitor booths, speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations, lounges and networking opportunities, for filmmakers, and film fans of all ages.

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The Future of Film Expo will have exclusive panels on the newest trends in film technology, music in the film industry, navigating the film school system, as well as, behind the scenes with independent film heavyweights, and more from industry experts. There will also be hands-on demos with major technology, gear companies, and film production brands.

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Attendees don’t have to be filmmakers to have a great time – the Future of Film Expo will be fun for the whole family! There will be an ongoing Film 101 interactive experience where anyone can come and learn the basics of making a movie, and the Xbox 360® Lounge will feature workshops, roundtable discussions, demos and networking. Plus opportunities to hang out and play with Kinect for Xbox 360 ® and experience the latest in Xbox LIVE ® entertainment.

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Expo Schedule /

Friday April 27

Film 101 Workshop / 12–1 pm

Keynote Panel: Behind the Scenes of Independent Films / 11:15 am–12:45 pm/ pg 63

Film 101 Booth

Main Stage

Xbox 360 ® Lounge

Maxon / Cinema 4D Product Showcase / 1:30–2:15 pm / pg 63 Talk Shop: Using the Right Technology for Your Story / 2:30–3:45 pm / pg 63 From Still to Video: the Future of Cinema / 4–5 pm / pg 63

Film 101 Workshop / 4–5pm

Gear UP & Shoot-Off / 4–5 pm / pg 61

Film 101 Workshop / 2–3 pm

2D to 3D Conversion: We’ll Make a Convert Out of You / 2:30–3:30 pm / pg 61

SAG-AFTRA Roundtable School’d: A Film Film 101 Workshop / 11:15 am–12:15 pm / pg 60 / 12–1 pm Education Panel / 11:15 am–12:15 pm / pg 62

Saturday April 28

Music for Film Panel / 12:45–2 pm / pg 62

Queer Exposure: LGBT people in the film industry / 12:45–1:45 pm / pg 60

Elements of a Good Story: Screenwirer’s Checklist / 3:45–4:30 pm / pg 60

Masterclass Presentation: Finding Your Voice / 4–5:00 pm / pg 62

From Pencils to Pixels / 2:15–3 pm / pg 60

Film School Presentations / 2:30–3:30 pm / pg 62

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Film 101 Workshop / 4–5 pm

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