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NFFTY – National Film Festival for Talented Youth – Why Does the Hero’s Journey Wo

Presented by Hussian College Sunday, October 25, 2020 2:00 PM PT Premieres at the NFFTY 2020 Filmmaker Summit, available on Eventive the next day.

Hoards of screenwriters and storytellers use the Hero’s Journey, but the question is why? For this talk, we are going to pull the curtain back on Oz to see how the story gets woven. Surprise! What you are going to learn is that you already know. The Hero’s Journey is powerful, because it’s already in your bones—in your blood, in your pineal glands. Beneath the Hero’s Journey are the narrative patterns of day and night, wake and dream, lunar months, procreation, mortality and the seasons. You already know these stories—they have been taught to you in school, and they have been conditioning your body since before you were born. This talk is about leveraging the knowledge you already have to teach you something essential – something screenwriters need to know – the Hero’s Journey as story structure.

Will Linn, Ph.D., is the founding Chair of the General Education Department at Hussian College, which places a unique focus on myth and storytelling. He has served the Joseph Campbell Foundation as a director and is currently editing their Skeleton’s Key to The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Will also co-teaches an Esalen workshop on myth and storytelling with Chris Vogler. He has appeared in multiple documentaries, most notably Memory: Origins of Alien; and he regularly consults with artists and storytellers on narrative projects. More of Will’s work can be found at, where he organizes an international community of mythologists, therapists and creators with the support of a collaborative team.


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 has grown into the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors. Each year the festival showcases films by directors 24 and under.

NFFTY supports young filmmakers by offering professional level workshops year-round. In addition hosts filmmaker resources, tips, news and information.

Within NFFTY lies a creative production company, NFFTY Creative, that connects brands with emerging talent to produce original content.


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