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City of Seattle and National Film Festival for Talented Youth to host Film Career Day on November 6th


Keynote discussion will feature writer-director Bao Tran and the creative team of the hugely popular film THE PAPER TIGERS, moderated by Northwest Film Forum Executive Director and 2021 recipient of the Mayor’s Film Award, Vivian Hua.

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), will host a free day of workshops and networking opportunities for the next generation of film professionals from the Greater Seattle Area. Film Career Day will take place Saturday, November 6th, wrapping up the National Youth Filmmaker Summit, which kicked off October 4th. Film Career Day will offer a streamlined curriculum that includes panels, industry networking opportunities, and connections to local resources -- including media arts programs and other educators that offer training, independent filmmakers who have worked to find their niche in the local filmmaking scene, and Northwest-based film industry employers. 

This year, Film Career Day will facilitate a hybrid experience offering virtual participation options and two in-person ​​locations at the Northgate Community Center and at El Centro de la Raza (Beacon Hill). Free registration for both virtual and in-person activities is online at

“We are so honored to bring another edition of Film Career Day back to Seattle area youth,” said Dan Hudson, Executive Director of NFFTY. “Producing these events in partnership with OED and ARTS directly influenced the National Youth Filmmaker Summit; we’re especially excited that all involved have embraced the possibilities of this unique hybrid experience, which brings both synchronous and symmetrical experiences to virtual and in-person attendees.”

“Connecting young people, who are the future of our workforce, to opportunities that will advance their aspirations in the creative economy is a key focus for OED,” said Pamela Banks, Interim Director of the Seattle Office of Economic Development. “Film Career Day is an excellent opportunity for our young people to get exposure to the full breadth of possibilities within the film industry at large and connect to local mentors that can help shape their understanding of what is possible for their professional futures. OED is proud to partner with impactful organizations like NFFTY and ARTS to create space for our young creatives!” 

“Film Career Day builds on the success of The Creative Advantage, our department’s partnership with Seattle Public Schools to advance equity in arts education," said Royal Alley-Barnes, Acting Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. "Through Career Days, young people get to see how others like them have merged their skills and their passions to drive our vibrant local creative industries. We are grateful to partner with NFFTY and OED to continue strengthening pathways to creative careers for Seattle-area young people.”

Says keynote speaker and filmmaker Bao Tran, "I look forward to saving the youth from a world of pain by sharing our successes, failures, and lessons learned in this crazy journey of filmmaking. I will also teach the finer arts of making instant ramen, an essential diet for screenwriters."

In 2018 and 2019, Film Career Day hosted over 600 attendees, including more than 400 students from over 35 schools. More than 50 panelists, ranging from local filmmakers to film educators to film businesses, participated in discussions on VR/AR/emerging technology, director/producer roles, and where to find film work after school. Over 40 film schools, businesses, and associations participated in vendor fairs in 2018 and 2019.

The third annual Film Career Day offers young people ages 13 to 26 direct access to professionals working in all areas of the film industry, from behind the camera to the director's chair, as well as other positions that contribute to the filmmaking and media creation process. The keynote event will be a panel discussion with writer-director Bao Tran, whose locally produced film THE PAPER TIGERS has been taking the entertainment world by storm, reaching the Top 10 streamed on Netflix after a wide theatrical release. Tran will be joined by his creative team to discuss many aspects of their filmmaking experience including filming in Seattle, hiring and maintaining a diverse cast, and how they are retaining creative control of their project. 

The third annual Film Career Day is part of NFFTY's 2021-22 programming season, which is produced with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsFund, and The Norcliffe Foundation, with additional support for Film Career Day from King County Creative. 

Mentored early on by master action director Corey Yuen, Bao was instilled with an approach to action that doesn't rely solely on spectacle, but also draws on story and character. Screen Anarchy praised his written-and-directed short 'Bookie' for its "flawlessly realized world populated by entirely fleshed out and believable characters, driven by a compelling narrative and brought to sumptuous life." His editing credits include 'Cho Lon,' one of Southeast Asia's highest-budgeted action blockbusters, and 'Jackpot,' a heartfelt comedy selected as Vietnam's official entry to the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Film. His first directorial feature 'The Paper Tigers' has garnered praise from Collider as "an impressive feature debut with confident command of the narrative and action alike, it's an absolutely lovely time at the movies."
For more information, contact publicist Ryan Davis: | 206.491.3738

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to building an inclusive economy in the City of Seattle. OED works at all levels of our local economy to support small and micro-businesses, partner with neighborhood business districts, support creative business sectors, workers and special event organizers, partner with key industries that drive innovation, job growth and global competitiveness, and invest in our local workforce with an emphasis on young people, low-income, as well as un-and under-employed adults. The Creative Industries (CI) team within OED is committed to supporting the creative economy and creating equitable opportunities for local creatives in their fields of work. The CI team develops policy and provides leadership that helps build commercial markets for film and music, supports the nightlife industry, coordinates permitting for film and special events, and provides technical assistance for creative industry small businesses. 

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth, held annually in Seattle, Washington, showcases work by filmmakers 24 and under from across the U.S. and the world. It was created in 2007, and today, NFFTY is the largest and most influential youth film festival in the world, and produces content and events year-round to support and educate emerging directors. The 15th NFFTY will be held April 28 - May 1, 2022 in Seattle, WA.

The Talented Youth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that was founded in 2007 with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) as its flagship program.

NFFTY advances and connects talented young filmmakers worldwide.
We seek to disrupt systems of inequity in the film/media arts industry. Founded to address discrimination against young film professionals, we celebrate and elevate work by women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other young persons from traditionally marginalized communities at a crucial stage in their emergence as an artist and storyteller. We ensure that emerging filmmakers are represented and given a platform to share their perspectives.



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