NewFest’s New Voices Filmmaker Grant, in partnership with Netflix, supports emerging LGBTQ+ directors by providing funding to make new work, assisting in getting their work more widely shared, and propelling their careers forward through mentorship, networking and professional development opportunities 🎬
The Grant seeks to support the creation of work from underrepresented voices in the film industry, and awarded a $25,000 grant each to 4 director recipients who have not yet had their work distributed.

In addition to the $25,000 grant and the opportunity to be connected with an industry mentor, fellows will also participate in events and have their work showcased at NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, one of the largest queer film festivals in the world. Fellows will also have the opportunity to travel as guests of NewFest to other North American film festivals.

Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, animated or episodic projects by and about the LGBTQ+ community.

The 2023 grant application is now open and will close on February 28th

Eligibility Requirements

– Applying director must be at least 18 years of age
– Identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community
– A citizen of the United States, or permanent resident/green card holder
– Eligible filmmakers must have directed at least one (1) short film or episodic inclusive of LGBTQ+ content that was completed within the past 5 years (January 2018)
– Eligible directors must not have previously completed a feature-length film (over 45 mins), even if self-funded or without distribution, prior to February 2023
– Eligible film directors must not have previously had their directorial work (short or episodic) publicly distributed with exclusivity and monetary compensation by anyone other than themselves in North America

For all queries, please reach out to newvoices@newfest.org

2022 Grantees

Learn more about their films and their backgrounds!

The four recipients of the 2022 New Voices Filmmaker Grant were Blanche Akonchong, Livia Huang, Rodney Llaverías, and Nyala Moon.

The New Voices Filmmaker Grant is presented by

“By empowering the next generation of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, NewFest and Netflix will work to increase queer representation and support authentic stories that showcase the talent of queer storytellers”

– David Hatkoff, NewFest Executive Director