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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 will be awarding 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.

Deadline: Applications must be received by February 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST (All applicants will be notified no later than May 31st, 2022)

Eligibility requirements:

• Identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community
• Filmmakers must be at least 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States
• Have directed at least one (1) short film or episodic inclusive of LGBTQ+ content that was completed within the past 5 years (January 2017)
• Eligible filmmakers must not have previously made a feature film or had a film (short or feature length) publicly distributed by anyone other than themselves in North America

Submit your application here now through February 28, 2022.

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

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