Kyle Seago, one of the founders of the NFFTY film festival in Seattle, wears an Oculus Go headset to promote the addition of more VR experiences at this year’s event. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)
Back in 2007, three Seattle teens who grew up with a love for making films decided to help others share their work with a wider audience, creating the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, or NFFTY.
Fast-forward to today, as the festival gets set this month to open for the 12th time, and NFFTY is bigger than ever. Organizers are again looking to attract young people interested in creating in innovative ways. As part of that goal, NFFTY is amping up the X, as in NFFTYX, a component of the festival that celebrates and explores virtual reality and 360-degree films.
Kyle Seago co-founded NFFTY with Jocelyn R.C. and Jesse Harris. Seago credits a “world renowned” film program at Seattle’s Ballard High School with putting him on the path he’s on today. He said the program, taught by NFFTY “unsung hero” Matt Lawrence is so in-depth, with a focus on foundational filmmaking techniques, that it’s like getting a college education.
“By the time I’d been through a couple …read more