LGBTQ+ film and media organization, NewFest, announced the inaugural recipients of the New Voices Filmmaker Grant, a new initiative in partnership with Netflix to support emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers that will distribute a total of $100,000 in funds.A cohort of four filmmakers who each receive a $25,000 grant to support professional development and create new work, and will have access to network-building opportunities through industry events and a mentorship track facilitated by NewFest.

Netflix has pledged support for this program for two years.“We were astounded and excited by the volume and strength of applications received,” said NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff. “With the challenges emerging filmmakers face both in funding and creating their work, this opportunity to support and amplify underrepresented voices by providing resources and guided mentorships has the potential to change careers and lives.

We are grateful to Netflix for their trust and support in making this possible on such a large scale.” “The four grant recipients all submitted auspicious work samples from wide-ranging genres and come from varying backgrounds,” said NewFest Director of Programming Nick McCarthy. “Yet one commonality is their confident direction, palpable perspective, commitment to new forms of LGBTQ+ storytelling, and a tenacious spirit to make inspiring work and have their stories told and be heard.