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.
The theme this year was “Two Arts, One Story.”
“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.
@Lailakaz — Laila Kazmi is an 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. Laila is the series producer for Borders & Heritage, which features stories of immigrant and refugee experience in the Pacific Northwest and for Reel NW, featuring independent films from and about the Pacific Northwest. She also produces stories for IN Close and produced for PIE. Laila's video stories have appeared on KCTS 9, PBS NewsHour Art Beat, World Channel at WGBH, and KPBS. Her articles have been published in PBS NewsHour Art Beat, The Seattle Times, Seattle PI, COLORLINES, and Pakistan's daily Dawn.More stories by Laila Kazmi