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 in launching 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 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 select four filmmakers to each receive a $25,000 grant to support professional development and create new work.
The initiative also will involve network-building opportunities through a customized mentorship track facilitated by NewFest.Fellows also will have their work showcased and participate in events at NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, one of the largest queer film festivals in the world.Read more on deadline.com