NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) is once again about to take over lower Queen Anne as it kicks off its film festival on April 24. Hundreds of filmmakers from across the country and around the world will screen their films in what has become the world’s largest film festival for emerging filmmakers.

The fest is set to kick off in Seattle with a red-carpet gala at Cinerama (2100 Fourth Ave.) on April 24 and continues at the SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N.) in lower Queen Anne through April 27. 

During the four-day fest, NFFTY will screen more than 200 films from filmmakers representing 30 U.S. states and 15 different countries, with filmmakers being flown in from Australia, Germany, Egypt, South Africa, Singapore and India.

This year, NFFTY is taking strides toward greater gender equality in film, with 40 percent of films coming from female directors. NFFTY will also launch its Best Emerging Female Filmmaker award closing night. 

For the schedule of films and other festival events, such as filmmaking panels, visit www.nffty.org.