New Voices Filmmaker Grant

Supporting the next generation of LGBTQ filmmakers

Empowering emerging LGBTQ filmmakers with direct financial support

The New Voices Filmmaker Grant is New York’s only Grant that awards emerging LGBTQ storytellers.

By partnering with corporate sponsors, NewFest provides direct support for emerging filmmakers through grants. Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit their short form projects for consideration via a nationwide open-call for short films. Submissions are then reviewed by an esteemed, diverse panel of industry professionals and recipients are chosen based upon clarity of expression, strength of perspective, and artistic promise.

Become part of a program that directly supports and encourages young filmmakers to express themselves through film. If you’d like to support the next generation of LGBTQ filmmakers through the New Voices Filmmaking Grant, contact Radhika Rajkumar, Development Manager, at

A variety of grants can be created for underrepresented and marginalized voices within the LGBTQ community, including youth, POC, seniors, women, trans/nonbinary people, and more. 


2017 Sponsor:

“It was such an incredible honor to be supported by an organization whose goals are to make young queer artists stories heard. Exposure is a vital factor for creating change, awareness and acceptance through our work, and NewFest provides just that.

With the money I was given from this grant, I was able to purchase the materials I needed to continue making queer animation on my own terms, and I’m so grateful.”

–Joe Sulsenti (“FISHY”), New Voices Grant Recipient 2017

In 2017, NewFest partnered with American Eagle Outfitters to create the inaugural New Voices Filmmaker Grant. Grant recipients were chosen through a national short film competition. The grants, totaling $5,000, were distributed among four young filmmakers.