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 4-22, 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, 2020.
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How does it work?

  • Interested parties submit the application form by September 14, 2020.
  • All approved community partners are notified on September 28, 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: