The National Film Festival for Talented Youth returns to Seattle this weekend, April 27-30, showcasing the work of hundreds of young filmmakers all under the age of 24, from all over the world. NFFTY is the world's largest film festival for emerging film directors - one of them being Seattle's own Peyton Miller.
Miller is 18 years old and a senior at Seattle's Holy Names Academy. At nine, doctors diagnosed her with juvenile type one diabetes.
"Having type one diabetes has forced me to go beyond what's comfortable for me and realize my life isn't going to be what I plan it and my numbers aren't always going to be steady," explained Peyton. "And, that's how film is for me too, like every time we get on set, there's something that goes wrong, there's always something that I learn from it and there's a story that comes out of it."
She hopes her film will inspire and educate everyone who sees it.
"I wanted to be able to tell a story about my perfectionism and how that works with art, because art never is perfect," said Peyton Miller. "You're always working toward something that may never be completed."
One specific story that came out of Peyton's experiences is her documentary short "Paint By Number Person."
"The type one diabetes story that I told with Paint By Number is really important for me to share because I think there's a lot of misunderstanding that goes along with juvenile type one diabetes."
She originally produced the two-minute film for entry to Chapman Dodge College. Now, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth has accepted that film, and will feature it here in Seattle on Sunday, April 30.
"It's just so exciting to see your work up on a big screen and then have people come up to you and talk to you about how they related to the story or how that impacted them," said Peyton. "To be able to connect with the audience, that's so important to me," continued Peyton. "And, the most important thing for me in watching this film is that people open up more with their friends and their family, and even strangers, and realizing there's some benefit to being vulnerable with people and just the growth that can happen when you open up with others."
NFFTY is Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30.