Candidates will be invited to select an eligible song and creatively amplify the music in an original short film. Final recipients will receive $20,000 to make their short film, and have it premiere at NewFest Pride 2025!
The Songs

Allison Russell, “All of the Women”
Billie Holiday, “God Bless The Child”
Joan Sebastian, “Secreto de Amor”
MUNA, “Home By Now”
Phil Collins, “Against All Odds”
Radical Face, “Welcome Home, Son”

The Experience

– Narrative Funding: Receive $20,000 to produce your short film.
– Iconic Music Access: Incorporate one of the eligible and iconic songs identified from Concord’s vast IP library into your film.
– Mentorship and Support: Receive professional mentorship and production support from queer film experts forging the pathway to impactful storytelling.
– Production Experience: Write and produce a short film between August 2024 and May 2025
– Industry Impact: Completed films will be showcased at NewFest Pride 2025.
– Career Support: Filmmakers will receive customized support to develop a festival strategy for their completed work.
– Community Connection: Join a fellowship of QTBIPOC filmmakers working toward creative growth by participating in monthly facilitated cohort ‘Reflect x Create Dialogue Sessions’ to offer constructive and professional peer feedback


QTBIPOC filmmakers are invited to submit their interest between June 5th – July 5, 2024. Eligible candidates will be invited to attend a virtual Sound & Scene Preview Session to learn more about the initiative.

Please reach out to soundandscene@Newfest.org with any questions.
Eligibility Requirements

Sound & Scene candidates must:
– Be 18 years or older
– Identify as QTBIPOC
– Be based in the United States through June 2025, regardless of immigration status
– Have directed at least (2) short films, music videos or episodic works of content since 2014.

Directors who have completed feature-length narrative films (over 60 mins) and/or received paid distribution support for any of their directorial work are ineligible.

“NewFest firmly believes that the only way to combat pipeline issues in our industry is to put resources directly into the hands of the most marginalized members of our community. Concord Originals is putting their money where their mouth is, and we are so excited to work with them to bring this incredible opportunity to QTBIPOC filmmakers, and to share the music-driven films the selected artists make with NewFest audiences.”  

– David Hatkoff, NewFest Executive Director