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 currently being accepted for short films about or made by individuals living or working in Louisiana.

To be eligible for the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Louisiana, your project must be completed and ready to screen by mid-September. All selected films will screen at the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival.

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, four 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 and The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy/Film New Orleans call for proposals for short films by New Orleans Filmmakers. Applications for this opportunity are open August 8 through September 1, 2017.

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. A total of five selected films will receive mentorship from Kickstarter to aid in the creation of dynamic crowdfunding campaigns to raise $5,000 in funding for their films. If/When they raise their $5,000, they will then be awarded an additional $5,000 in project support.

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017, 11:59PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted through NOVAC’s online grant platform, at www.novacvideo.org/tricentennial