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NFFTY 48 Hour Film Off

Teens compete in short film contest

August 5, 2016

National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), the world's largest film festival for emerging directors age 24 and under, partnered with Cornish College of the Arts to produce a short film competition. Teams of five or fewer high school students in the Greater Seattle area teamed up to produce a three-minute short film, with one rather significant caveat: they only had 48 hours to produce it from start to finish.

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The theme this year was “Two Arts, One Story.”

Lyall Bush of Cornish College of the Arts and Todd Kaumans, producer of NFFTY 48 Hr Film Off, speak with KCTS 9 about the competition.

“That theme is totally up to them to interpret how they want to build their story around that,” says NFFTY Program Manager Todd Kaumans. Teams were also asked to incorporate legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's quote into their story: “It's not where you take things from it's where you take them to.”

Teams took on the challenge for the chance to win $1,500 for their high school's video production program. Students didn't let the tight production schedule put a damper on their creativity.

“I was very impressed,” says Lyall Bush, film and media program lead at Cornish College. “The yard stick was very high.”

“I think this year's films were probably some of the best films we've had in our competitions in the past years,” says Kaumans.

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Laila Kazmi

@Lailakaz — Laila Kazmi is a Northwest Emmy award-winning senior producer and writer at KCTS 9. Her first love is discovering and telling stories of diverse people, places and history. She has lived in Karachi, Bahrain, Chicago, and Seattle. At KCTS 9, Laila produces the series Borders & Heritage, featuring stories of immigrant and refugee experiences in the Pacific Northwest and has produced Reel NW, featuring independent films from and about the Pacific Northwest. Her video-stories have appeared on KCTS 9PBS NewsHour Art Beat, World Channel at WGBH, and KPBS in San Diego. Her articles have been published in PBS NewsHour Art BeatThe Seattle Times, Seattle PI, COLORLINES and Pakistan’s daily Dawn. Laila has a Master of Communication from the University of Washington.

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