Application Deadline: AUGUST 23, 2019
The Emerging Voices program, an initiative of the New Orleans Film Society, was created in 2014 for filmmakers of color in Louisiana to gain greater access to gatekeepers and to promote the unique perspectives and cultures of Louisiana to the rest of the country, and the world.

Emerging Voices is an initiative designed to support directors of color residing in Louisiana. If you are not part of this targeted demographic, email us at info@neworleansfilmsociety.org to find out what other programs you might qualify to take part in.

The Emerging Voices program is open to directors who may also identify as producers, writers, editors, DPs, etc. Applicants must have a narrative or documentary project (shorts, features or web-based), or a new media project (VR/360, Installation, etc.) in the development/pre-production, production or post-production stage but must not have premiered at the time of the application. Applicants who can demonstrate that their projects are viable and are actively being developed or are in production are given preference.

Selected filmmakers receive a complimentary pass to the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and are paired with a Film Industry leader during the festival who will act as a mentor through a series of one-on-one meetings. Mentees also participate in short, intensive meetings with other industry professionals during the NOFF Industry Exchange to pitch their projects and build further connections. They are also invited to Emerging Voices-specific roundtables and other professional development events during the festival. Mentees are expected to participate in events throughout the festival from October 17-21 throughout the day and some evenings.

This year, mentees will participate in a pitch preparation session on Saturday, September 28th. This full-day workshop is required for participation in the program. During this session, each mentee will work on pitching their project in a variety of situations and will work on how to articulate their vision for the project and their signature directing style. Mentees will use the session to voice their own particular challenges about the project and receive feedback from industry advisors and fellow mentees. This workshop is designed for mentees to be fully prepared to maximize their time with their mentors and for other industry meetings throughout the film festival. Directors who do not already have a lookbook for their project can also use this session as an opportunity to develop one or receive feedback on an existing lookbook.

This year, selected filmmakers will also receive $1,000 to go towards support for their project as well as for living, travel and other expenses during this professional development experience

Applications Open: JULY 22, 2019
Application Deadline: AUGUST 23, 2019
Notification Date: SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
Required Participation Dates: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 & OCTOBER 17–OCTOBER 21, 2019


For more details on the EMERGING VOICES program, visit our website: https://neworleansfilmsociety.org/emerging-voices/
Generous support for this program comes from Cinereach, National Endowment for the Arts, HBO Collabs, Foundation for Louisiana, and Greater New Orleans Foundation.
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