NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), the largest youth film festival in the US, is the first film festival in the world to use a groundbreaking film festival submission and selection system, built by San Francisco based Indee.tv.
The system allows the entire film submission process to be paperless, including completion of online entry forms and most importantly, a secure high quality Internet upload of films for festival review and judging. For those filmmakers who are unable to upload a digital file of their film, they can still mail in a DVD to Indee.tv and Indee.tv captures and uploads their film to the festival server, allowing every film submitted to the festival to be privately viewable and judged online by festival staff and jury members.
Jesse Harris, NFFTY Executive Director, developed the submission system concept with Indee.tv. “You wouldn’t believe how much waste happens with the whole film submission process – hundreds of DVDs, mailing envelopes, and paper usually have to be sorted through and distributed out to our screening judges, and then eventually thrown away”, said Harris, “What this new system lets us do is have judges, from anywhere in the world, log in and watch the films that have been submitted and then immediately submit their recommendations; this provides the festival with rich, real-time analytics of the submissions and the judging process. Plus, it saves the filmmakers the hassle of making a DVD, shipping it off to us, and then wondering if we got it OK. NFFTY is a carbon neutral film festival and has always been a leader in promoting environmental awareness through our own actions. This is a great achievement for us.”
Indee.tv currently provides an online film distribution platform with a rich social network for filmmakers. But they saw an opportunity to help film festivals with the submission and curating process.
“Film festivals are the right place for us to begin our outreach to filmmakers”, said Sharan Reddy, CEO & Founder of Indee.tv, “This was so wonderful since we worked directly with NFFTY to build a submission system that was perfect for their film festival. I think this first hand festival knowledge NFFTY brought has enabled us to design a system that will work well for any festival, big or small.”
Currently NFFTY is the only film festival using the system, but Indee.tv plans to start offering the system to other festivals in 2010.
NFFTY’s call for entries is now open, accepting films from any filmmakers 22 and younger from around the world. Filmmakers can submit their film at: http://www.nffty.org
About The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) was founded in 2007 with the goal of becoming the largest and most influential film festival and support organization for filmmakers 22 and under. NFFTY occurs annually each spring in Seattle, Washington and includes 100+ film screenings, filmmaking workshops, concerts by youth bands, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. NFFTY is a core program of The Talented Youth, a non-profit arts organization.
Indee.tv is an online film distribution platform with a rich social network, valuable filmmaker tools and comprehensive analytics that can help augment filmmakers connection with their audience and is accessible at http://www.indee.tv