EXCLUSIVE NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ+ film and media organization, today announced the New Voices Filmmaker Grant, a new initiative in partnership with Netflix to support emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers.
“NewFest is thrilled to partner with Netflix to launch the New Voices Filmmaker Grant to equip emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers with the resources, tools and exposure they need to succeed,” said David Hatkoff, Executive Director of NewFest. “This is how the industry is changing – focusing on the pipeline. By supporting the next generation of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, NewFest and Netflix will strive to address the structural barriers that have historically led to a lack of authentic and sometimes to harmful decisions.This program is a step towards increasing queer representation and expanding opportunities for talented queer storytellers.
According to NewFest, the New Voices Filmmaker Grant will select four filmmakers who will each receive a $25,000 grant to support professional development and create new work. The initiative will also involve networking opportunities through a personalized mentorship track facilitated by NewFest.
Fellows will also have their work featured and participate in events 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 NewFest guests to other North American film festivals.
The partnership between NewFest and Netflix is part of Netflix’s Creative Equity Fund, an effort to help create more opportunities behind the camera for underrepresented communities within the television and film industries. Jhe program will support four filmmakers per year for the next two years.
The program will be eligible for LGBTQ+ filmmakers in America who have not yet directed a feature film or who have not had a film (short or feature) publicly distributed by anyone other than themselves. Fellows will be selected in May 2022 by a jury of LGBTQ+ programmers, community leaders, established filmmakers, and industry professionals.
Submissions are now open for the first cohort of Fellows, with an application deadline of February 28.