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Explore listings for all upcoming and recent NewFest events, including FREE NewFest Member Advance Screenings, Partner Screenings of LGBT films throughout New York City, and events as part of our monthly NewFest at The Center Presents monthly screening and talkback series. 

Type With Pride

To honor the memory of the late Gilbert Baker—an LGBTQ activist and artist who created the iconic Rainbow Flag—NewFest, NYC Pride and Fontself partnered with Ogilvy & Mather’s design team and created a font inspired by the Rainbow Flag named “Gilbert.” Learn more and download the font.

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Donations are critical for NewFest’s sustainability and growth as a year-round organization. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we have evolved over nearly three decades to become the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in New York. Support NewFest today. 

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NewFest Members receive discounts to all events year-round and receive exclusive access to early ticketing and the VIP member lounge at our annual festival.

Join today at newfest.org/membership


All film festivals rely greatly on the commitment, dedication, and generosity of volunteers. Volunteering at NewFest is a great way to engage with the filmmaking and LGBT community. Become a part of the discovery of original and independent LGBT films and filmmakers from around the globe!

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New Voices Filmmaker Grant 

NewFest and American Eagle Outfitters are proud to announce the creation of the New Voices Filmmaker Grant and are currently accepting entries of short films, either narrative or documentary, that feature LGBTQ-themes and/or protagonists. The short film must be made by a director within the ages of 15 – 24 to be considered and must be between two (2) – ten (10) minutes in length. If you and your film qualify, apply now for the New Voices Filmmaker Grant! 


  • To submit, fill out the complete application.
  • Entry to the competition is FREE.
  • We welcome submissions from individuals or groups of friends, youth and community groups, and schools and colleges.
  • If submitting DVD viewing discs (screeners), these must be sent at your own expense to NewFest, 601 West 26th st, Suite 325-95, New York, NY 10001. Screeners will NOT be returned, however they can be collected from the NewFest office.
For all rules & regulations, as well as filmmaker criteria & eligibility, click here

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Year-Round Events

NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film and Media Arts Organization, is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences to build a community that passionately supports LGBT cinema and storytelling while giving voice and visibility to a wide range of the LGBT experience. NewFest presents year-round screenings and events that include New York’s annual LGBT Film Festival every October, which began in 1988. We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers and support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives.

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