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Our mission is to give voice and visibility to the full scope of the LGBTQ experience through films and programs that entertain, educate, and empower

We believe that visibility matters, and that queer film can change the world.

32 years ago, a NYC-based queer film movement was born.

Founded in 1988 in direct response to the AIDS crisis, The New York LGBTQ Film Festival has been a tentpole of NYC’s queer cultural scene. In the subsequent years, NewFest has expanded into a film and media organization with year-long programs to serve all facets of the LGBTQ community.

Through the years, we have

  • Presented the world theatrical premiere of PARIS IS BURNING
  • Presented New York premieres of
    • HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, HIGH ART, BOY ERASED, GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, CELLULOID CLOSET, AND THEN WE DANCED, RAFIKI, THE WATERMELON WOMAN, TREVOR, COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT
  • Presented Advanced Screenings of
    • CAROL, MOONLIGHT, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, LOVE, SIMON, WELCOME TO CHECHNYA, ROCKETMAN, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, WEEKEND

Filmmakers who have screened at NewFest Include

Todd Haynes
Lisa Cholodenko
Cheryl Dunye
Greg Berlanti
Rhys Ernst
John Cameron Mitchell
Luca Gudagnino
David France
Barry Jenkins
Sidra Smith

Board of Directors

Bill Berman
Co-Chair
Ogilvy
Sandy Markman
Board Co-Chair
The Estee lauder Companies
Josh Schiowitz
Board Treasurer
Schiowitz Artists Management
Adam Natale
Board Secretary
SVA Theatre
Mike Balaban
Balaban Accosicates
Ann Brown
Bumble and bumble
Thomas Dima
UWG
Ronald Lense
Douglas Ellimman
Jane Sasseen
McGraw Center for Business Journalism
Ron Simon
SimonSays Entertainment
Andrew Uriarte
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
Anita Dolce Vita
DapperQ

NewFest Staff

David Hatkoff

Executive Director

David joined NewFest as Executive Director in August 2019. He has spent his career amplifying and elevating the mission and programming efforts of non-profit arts organizations, serving for 11 years in a senior leadership role at NYC’s Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. He was an integral part of Signature’s transition to its permanent home, the 75,000 square foot, Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center, and the growth of the company, which more than tripled its budget, staff and programming during his time with the organization. David studied in the MA program at New York University’s Gallatin School, with a focus in LGTBQ Studies. He has a deep passion for queer culture and a strong desire to create spaces for queer storytelling.

Nick McCarthy

Director of Programming & Operations

Having been with NewFest since 2016, Nick curates & manages the annual New York LGBTQ Film Festival in addition to NewFest’s year-round programming. Nick previously served as the Film Curator at The Tank & worked in academic publishing & international media, serving as a Production Coordinator of the female-led, MENA-region talk show NIDA’A. Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and Visual Arts / Media Studies from Emerson College. Nick has written about film & media for publications including Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, NBC News, and the Boston Phoenix, and has served on multiple domestic and international film festival juries, including GAZE in Dublin, Columbia University’s CUFF in New York City, and Inside Out in Toronto.

Radhika Rajkumar

Development Manager

Radhika Rajkumar has been with NewFest since June 2018. With a background in journalism and photography, she has worked in a variety of media environments attempting to improve issues of race, gender, and sexuality, including Refinery29 and Primary Wave Entertainment. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Media as Global Intersectional Justice.

K Alshanetsky

Communications Associate

K joined NewFest as Communications Associate in the spring of 2020. They hold a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University (English; Social, Cultural & Critical Theory) and are currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark.

2020 Festival Team

Monisha Gandhi
Festival Producer
Anita Raswant
Operations & Production Manager
Jaclyn Wohl
Ticketing & Accreditations Manager
Kim Garcia
Print Traffic/Filmmaker Relations
Molly Fulton
Publications Coordinator
Cyrus Cohen
Programmer & Programming Coordinator
Desmond Thorne
Programmer
Shayna Maci Warner
Assistant Programmer & Community Outreach Coordinator

Get in touch

Press Inquiries: newfest@k2publicity.com
General Inquiries: contactus@newfest.org
Ticketing & Member Benefits: boxoffice@newfest.org

NewFest
601 West 26th Street
Suite 325-95
New York, NY 10001

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