We have a variety of opportunities for filmmaker support throughout the year. Check back often to see what new grants and programs are available through the New Orleans Film Society.

Our country harbors unconscionable social inequalities that too many endure at the expense of their freedom, dignity, safety, and lives. The American South has a responsibility to investigate the system its roots continue to feed.


Members of the regions’ marginalized communities continue to see inequality personally magnified but publicly trivialized and, by way of silence and eventual omission, ignored. The Magnifying Glass works to pair individuals committed to making crucially important progressive short documentaries with humble financial support and the network of exposure its partners provide.

The purpose of this fellowship is to assist micro-budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice. Ideal projects will run 2-5 minutes in length and require no more than $2,500 in total budget. Projects may broach a number of larger issues, including those of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and gun control, but the ideal proposal will be deeply specific. Projects applying in this granting cycle must plan to be widely accessible via social media or other means.

These grants aim to support projects about or made by individuals living or working in Louisiana. Prospective filmmakers should submit a one-page treatment, an expected total budget for their project, a description of intention for funds awarded, key crew bios, a prior sample work no more than 5 minutes in length, and an outreach strategy.

Preference will apply to filmmakers who are invested in documenting oppressed communities of which they are a part. While all involved organizations champion creative allyship, these grants seek to support the lenses of those who know injustice firsthand and are able to quickly bring awareness to specific injustices within these communities.

All selected films from Louisiana will screen at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival
Please check artlessmedia.com for dates and submission information for projects based in other states.



Applications are now closed.

Notification: July 20

2017 #CreateLouisiana Documentary Film Grant


#CreateLouisiana is excited to announce a new grant opportunity designed to support Louisiana’s community of documentary filmmakers. In collaboration with institutional partners Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Film Society, along with support from new film industry sponsor Kyotocolor, #CreateLouisiana has launched its first doc-specific grant.

#CreateLouisiana will offer a $40,000 grant package to one documentary director-producer team. The team will receive a $10,000 cash grant, with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the New Orleans Film Society, along with a $30,000 post-production package (to include post-production consultation, online conform, and Full Digital Intermediate color grade) from Kyotocolor.

Applications are now open for the Documentary Film Grant. The final deadline is SEPTEMBER 8, 2017, by 5:00 PM CST.

Click HERE to submit an application. For a full list of FAQs for this opportunity, click HERE.

Read on to learn more about the opportunity (eligibility, requirements, adjudication, FAQs, webinars, and more!


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must be a director and producer team.

  • Must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.

  • Both director and producer must currently reside in the state of Louisiana and have lived in Louisiana for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting the application. You cannot apply if you are attending school full-time outside the state of Louisiana. Proof of residency required. (two of the following: Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana voter registration card or a utility bill in your name with your Louisiana address.)

  • Staff, board members, and interns of #CL, LEH, and NOFS may not apply.

  • Both director and producer must be available to participate in a pitch session before the grants committee the week of October 2 (exact date TBD).

  • Must agree to grant #CreateLouisiana, New Orleans Film Society, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Kyotocolor the right to stream, screen and distribute the completed film (non-commercial use/promotional purposes only).

  • To be eligible, you may not have received a grant from #CreateLouisiana in the last two years.


  • Must be a feature-length documentary (over 40 minutes).

  • Project must be in production or post-production. Projects may not apply for development or distribution funds.

  • All projects must be stand-alone single works of documentary. TV or web series are not eligible.

  • Must have secured all appropriate release forms for documentary subjects featured in the project. If material that requires licensing is integral to the film (i.e. music, archival materials, etc.), team must demonstrate that they have secured the rights to use said material in the project (signed agreements granting permission or licensing agreements must be included with the application).

  • Cannot be a work-for-hire.

  • Must be completed by December 31, 2018.

  • Subject matter may be located outside of Louisiana but all post-production services must take place in the state.

  • Must be shot digitally and mastered and delivered on HD.

  • Must provide visibility in the final film’s credits (with logo presence) for #CreateLouisiana, New Orleans Film Society, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Kyotocolor along with acknowledging these organizations in all publicity materials.

  • If awarded a #CreateLouisiana grant, the recipient is required to carry out a project that is consistent with the submitted proposal.

  • All grant funds are to be used solely for the purpose of supporting the project. Spending must be consistent with the budget submitted to #CL.

  • To access the in-kind element of this grant package, the recipient must participate in a post-production consultation with Kyotocolor within two months of the grant announcement.


The #CreateLouisiana Documentary Film Grant will be adjudicated in two stages:


A jury of representatives of the grantmaking organizations will review all applications. The jury will consider the following when reviewing all submissions:

  • originality of the project idea

  • experience and quality of the applicant director/producer team

  • clearly articulated director’s vision

  • feasibility of project and strong access to the documentary topic / subjects

  • realistic budget and financing plan

  • strength of selected scenes sample

  • letters of recommendation provided in support of the director + the producer

  • experience of the team/key creatives assembled to support the project

  • use of Louisiana talent in the project

  • overall strength and viability of the project

  • distribution and social strategy for the film

  • demonstration of how the project aligns with team’s short-term and long-term professional and artistic objectives

  • completion of the full application with all necessary documentation provided

  • incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible

A shortlist of up to 5 applicants will be selected to move forward to Stage Two.


The short-listed applicants will be invited to pitch their projects and be interviewed before the grant committee. The private pitch/interview session will take place the week of October 2, 2017 (exact date TBD). Both director and producer must be present for the pitch session.

One applicant team will be selected by the jury panel and announced via press release following the selection. The submitted bios and logline will be used in the press release and in all formal announcements.



Application Available: August 1, 2017

Application Deadline: September 8, 2017 at 5 PM CST

Short-list announced: September 25, 2017

Interview/Pitch Meeting: Week of October 2, 2017 (exact date TBD)

Award announced: TBD 2017



#CreateLouisiana will be conducting a series of webinars to review this opportunity and answer questions from potential applicants.

August 10:   2:00 PM

August 19:  10:30 AM

August 23:  6:00 PM



The deadline for applications is September 8, 2017, by 5:00 PM CST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted through #CreateLouisiana’s online grants platform at createlouisiana.com.



The following documentation is required (uploads should be in PDF format ONLY):

  • a completed application form

  • one résumé (not to exceed two pages) for the applicant director (include film school or industry training and a full list of previous production credits – indicate any that are student films)

  • one résumé (not to exceed two pages) for the producer(s) with a full list of previous production credits

  • one letter of reference for the director from an established industry professional

  • one letter of reference for the producer from an established industry professional

  • director’s bio

  • producer’s bio

  • a logline (< 25 words)

  • a synopsis of the project (< 400 words)

  • a documentary treatment (< 5 pages)

  • a detailed director’s vision. Can include notes on structure, story, subjects, camera style, lighting, music, lookbook, location photos, visual references/inspirations. (< 5 pages)

  • at least one edited selected scene from the proposed project (< 10 minutes)

  • a proposed detailed production budget. Use of EP Movie Magic or Excel is preferred, or a comparable template with detailed line items. Must include all deferrals and in-kind contributions.

  • a proposed financing plan for the project (1 page)

  • a list of key creatives. This can include key crew (DP, editor) and documentary subjects. Short bios only, no full résumés (1 page)

  • a proposed distribution, marketing, and social media strategy. This should address intended audience and festival strategy, plan for marketing the film and use of social media to raise awareness. (1 page)

  • a project timeline including production, post-production, delivery, and distribution. (1 page)

  • scanned copy of each applicants (director/producer) Louisiana residency support documentation


Complete applications must be received by Friday, September 8, 2017, by 5:00 PM CST. All application materials must be uploaded as PDFs.




Please refer to the frequently asked questions section of the application. With any other questions please contact #CreateLouisiana at info@createlouisiana.com

As the Crescent City prepares for its 300th Anniversary celebration in 2018, five film and artist support organizations join forces to celebrate and share our rich history and culture by cultivating and funding five short films that focus on New Orleans.

NOVACThe New Orleans Film SocietyKickstarter, #CreateLouisiana, and The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy/Film New Orleans came together to create the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator to help bring to life five films from local filmmakers that speak to the unique city we call home. 

Each film aims to raise $5,000 on the Kickstarter platform, and, upon their success, will receive a $5,000 matching grant, production support from Film New Orleans, 10 hours of ongoing support during production from NOVAC, and a premiere event in the spring of 2018 in New Orleans. The selected filmmakers have already enjoyed All Access passes to the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival and fundraising consultation support from Kickstarter’s Director of Narrative Film, Elise McCave, who traveled to the festival to meet with the filmmakers.

Finished films must be 15 minutes or less and speak to the themes, history, and people of New Orleans, as we look to the upcoming celebration of the Tricentennial in 2018.

Read more about — and support — the five exciting projects selected for the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator below.

Artist in Exile

dir. Jason Foster, prod. Kiyoko McCrae

Poet Sunni Patterson was displaced for twelve years following Hurricane Katrina. This observational documentary-style film, set in the Desire neighborhood where Patterson grew up, tells the story of her return to New Orleans, her struggles to come to terms with her much-altered hometown, and her concerns for her city and its culture being lost to gentrification.

Blood Runs Down

dir. Zandashe Brown, prod. Lauren Domino

An Afrofuturist Southern Gothic horror film focused on a toxic mother-daughter relationship. Filmed in one shotgun house with rich art direction, the film ratchets up the tension between the two women as they face down family dynamics, intergenerational trauma, and religious fervor.

Corner Stores

dir. Julia Evans, prod. Weenta Girmay

The story of one New Orleans corner store. This verité documentary alternates between ethnography and narration, highlighting the personal stories behind a neighborhood institution and showing how New Orleans’ corner stores are linchpins of their local communities.  

Le Grand Remix

dir. Austin Alward, prod. Win Riley

Faced with being barred from the the US if she leaves the country, a young African teacher at a French immersion school in New Orleans drowns her sorrows in dance to a soundtrack by a teenage Vietnamese-American DJ. At the 20th anniversary of their school, the 50th anniversary of CODOFIL (Council of French in Louisiana), and the tricentennial of La Nouvelle-Orléans, real-life New Orleans French immersion educators, parents, and students chime in to the musical crescendo.

The Heart Is an Organ

dir. David White, prod. Todd Voltz

For 29 hours every March, Albinis and Manon Prizgintas pour their hearts into putting on a continuous performance of classical music at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. There are families in sleeping bags in the balcony, musicians from NOLA and around the world in attendance, a constant supply of cookies and juice, and the creation — occasionally at the expense of health and sanity — of one of the most original musical performance events in the world.


Working in conjunction with the New Orleans Film Society, The COOL Cooperative Director’s Program seeks to connect and support emerging talent from the New Orleans Film Festival alumni community, specifically Louisiana-based directors who have previously shown work at the New Orleans Film Festival.


This program will offer the opportunity for Louisiana filmmakers to work collaboratively with The COOL Cooperative (TCC) staff and COOL Creators (students) to develop, and produce a new short film. COOL Creators will be involved in learning opportunities in all phases of production, and and will be allowed to audition for any appropriate roles. Full production funding, up to $5,000, and approved in-kind production support will be provided by The COOL Cooperative. The final cut film will be submitted to at least 7 film festivals to include NOFF. Additional festival submissions will be determined by The COOL Cooperative – whereby TCC will only pay film submission fees (not lodging or travel) in addition to the $5,000 production cost.

To be eligible to apply, the individual must:
-Have shown a film in the New Orleans Film Festival over the past five years
-Present a final script or detailed treatment of a short film
-Be willing to work with The COOL Cooperative production team on a refined budget not exceeding $5000, and on a timeline that places the film at completion by mid-July 2018.
-Agree to the Director’s Program contract as outlined by program and film producer- The COOL Cooperative
-Be a current Louisiana Resident

Submissions will need to be in by *Nov 15.*
Selection of winner take place by *Dec 15.*

Submission Requirements:
-Script 3-7 pages
-A one page sample budget
-A personal statement

Outside of authoring the script, how much creative control does the selected director have over the project?
-The COOL Cooperative (TCC) will encourage and support the creativity of the chosen director and script. A standard industry relationship will exist between the chosen director and the producer designated by TCC. TCC encourages the director to pick their own key crew members, locations, actors, sets, art, music, and editing. Of course, TCC will help and supplement as needed.

Given that the rights will be retained by COOL, could you explain what avenues of distribution you would seek for these completed films (film festivals, online release, etc.)? And whose financial responsibility is it to provide for these?
-TCC will guarantee submissions to at least 7 film festivals, and endeavor to support directly or through fundraising more festivals if it is warranted. In addition to a festival run, TCC will also place the film (if it is good enough) on it’s own COOLfeed channel, and endeavor to place the film on addition platforms. The Director will receive a front card and end card on the film as well.

How will the $5000 be dispersed? Will that be provided directly to filmmaker to pay crew and rentals, etc. or will all payments be made by COOL?
-TCC will provide an entire budget of $5000 – this encompasses all facets of the production from pre to post through festival submission. The director will work in conjunction with the Producer to ensure the film stays within this budget through the last phase. The monies will be paid by TCC to crew, third party vendors, insurance, rentals, etc..

Of that $5000, can any of it be earmarked for director and crew? Is there a limit to how much of the total amount can be spent of cast + crew?
-The director may draw from this amount for their own work as long as it fits within the budget through completion of the project. The same goes for cast and crew. The max for any one member is not set; work with the assigned producer to determine any individual payouts. Example: A named actor might be brought on board and cost 50% of the budget. This will only be allowable if the remaining budget will cover the completion of the film.

Special Notes:
-As with any film project, the director is encouraged to reach out to the film community to volunteer their time, rentals, and other resources to supplement the $5000. However, the actual budget must reflect a completed film. Meaning, if an ‘in kind’ donation does not materialize, there must be monies earmarked for this eventuality from within the 5k budget.
-If the director, cast, and/or key crew member needs housing during the actual production, we might be able to provide that outside of the budget. This is not guaranteed.