Saturday, December 27, 2008

March 2008, National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Seattle

Each Spring NFFTY- showcases films produced by talented filmmakers 22 and under from across the U.S. and the world.
It was a hallmark for One Light to be selected as the top 73 youth films across the country and the only one from Georgia.
The Film Festival started with a red carpet opening night gala. Besides screening of films there were workshops and opportunity to meet with fellow young filmmakers.

NFFTY is aimed to be the most influential film festival for the youth. “Think Sundance for young people.” Says Executive Director Jesse Harris.

At the screening Q&A, Angad greatly improved the perception of South in the eyes of the audience, filmmakers and reporters. Most questions concerned with prejudices in the South and if it were getting better. One Light answered some questions by bringing out the progressive mindset of one little neighborhood community that represents the new South.
Angad was also honored with the precious ‘Audience Choice - Favorite Very Young Filmmaker’ award and interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor a national newspaper.
As part of the NFFTY, One Light is being shown on Comcast Video On Demand in the Seattle area for one year until April 2009.
An unforgettable event happening next door was a vegetarian conference. It was a delight to see the eco friendly face of Seattle.

Another highlight of the trip was the presence of the Seattle Sikh Youth and our friends who drove down from great distances to be a part of the festival. Thank You!

Thank You, UNITED SIKHS for sponsoring the travel. Thank You NFFTY organizers and volunteers. Pictures: Courtesy NFFTY

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