The New Orleans Film Society is now accepting applications from New Orleans local non-profit organizations, collectives, schools, and other groups to become a Community Partner of the upcoming New Orleans Film Festival (November 6-22, 2020).  

The NOFF Community Partner Program is designed as one of several ways New Orleans Film Society offers no-cost digital access to the 31st New Orleans Film Festival to communities in New Orleans who have income-based or other barriers to accessing arts programming. 

Our goal is to work with 50+ community partners and distribute 1,000 Community Partner Passes to access a selection of NOFF 2020 films, Q&A’s, and panel presentations online at no cost. But don’t worry, the heavy lifting is on us! 

We also call on community partners as subject matter experts for Q&A’s when social issue films address their Mission. In 2020, we seek additional support from partners who are already helping their communities access Wi-Fi or devices capable of streaming, although that is not a requirement of participation. 

If you would like to become a community partner with your organization and receive a number of digital access passes to the festival for your community, please submit this application form by September 14. The deadline is extended to September 21, 2020!

How does it work?

  • Interested parties submit the application form by September 14, extended to September 21, 2020.
  • Community partners help identify people or households for whom the ticket price would be prohibitive or who have other barriers to accessing festival programming; we ask that our partners keep this in mind as they connect NOFF to their communities and do not use community partner passes as a donor perk. 
  • To this end, NOFF sends information to Community Partners in mid-October with instructions about how their community members can access Community Partner Passes to attend virtual events.
  • Community partners are asked to help us raise awareness of the festival on their website, newsletters, and social media channels using a promo package sent by NOFF.
  • In exchange, NOFF will publicly acknowledge your organization’s partnership through the Community Partner Program, and we will gladly help you raise awareness about your programs throughout the year.  
  • There are no fees required to apply or to become a community partner.

Can businesses participate? 

If you are a for-profit business, the best way to support the New Orleans Film Festival is through sponsorship. However, we’ve made exceptions! If you think your business would be a good community partner, please send us a note at

Who has been a partner? 

Peruse our list of NOFF2019 Community Partners and learn about the great work they are doing for artists and communities in New Orleans: