EXCLUSIVE NewFest, New York’s main LGBTQ+ movie and media group, as we speak introduced the New Voices Filmmaker Grant, a brand new initiative in partnership with Netflix to assist rising LGBTQ+ filmmakers.
“NewFest is thrilled to partner with Netflix in launching the New Voices Filmmaker Grant to equip emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers with the resources, tools and exposure they need to succeed,” mentioned David Hatkoff, Executive Director of NewFest. “This is how the industry changes – focusing on the pipeline. By supporting the next generation of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, NewFest and Netflix will work to combat the structural barriers that have historically led to a lack of authentic representation, and at times harmful decisions. This program is a step toward increasing queer representation and expanding opportunities for talented queer storytellers.”
According to NewFest, the New Voices Filmmaker Grant will choose 4 filmmakers to every obtain a $25,000 grant to assist skilled growth and create new work. The initiative additionally will contain network-building alternatives by a custom-made mentorship monitor facilitated by NewFest.
Fellows additionally can have their work showcased and take part in occasions at NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, one of many largest queer movie festivals on this planet. Fellows will even have the chance to journey as friends of NewFest to different North American movie festivals.
The partnership between NewFest and Netflix is a part of Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, an effort to assist create extra behind-the-camera alternatives for underrepresented communities throughout the TV and movie industries. The program will assist 4 filmmakers a yr over the subsequent two years.
The program might be eligible to LGBTQ+ filmmakers in America who haven’t beforehand made a function movie or had a movie (quick or function size) publicly distributed by anybody apart from themselves. Fellows might be chosen in May 2022 by a jury made up of LGBTQ+ programmers, group leaders, established filmmakers and trade professionals.
Submissions are now open for the primary class of fellows, with an software deadline of February 28.