New Orleans Film Society organized its inaugural South Summit on October 22, 2018, with a goal of convening just a small portion of the robust brain-trust that gathers at our flagship event, the New Orleans Film Festival. We endeavored to collectively envision what it means for Southern filmmaking to thrive.

The South Summit convened a group of 47 national, regional, and local media stakeholders at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. In an effort to broaden the dialogue to include many important voices who could not be in the room, New Orleans Film Society surveyed 100 filmmakers from 12 Southern states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia. 22 industry representatives also completed the survey.

We heard directly from filmmakers and thought leaders whose work inspires us to imagine new possibilities for a Southern identity and the nation’s understanding of our region, and mapped the challenges and opportunities unique to the South.

We deeply appreciate the generosity of spirit with which our participants reflected and visioned with us as part of the inaugural South Summit. We look forward to continuing and deepening this conversation in partnership with other festivals and organizations, and at the New Orleans Film Festival to come.

We hope that the resulting document will be impactful for organizations who wish to better understand and resource the Southern film community–– it was created to be shared & to instigate sharing, and we look forward to your thoughts!

The survey responses, in full, are also available at:


For a list of funds, programs, and other resources specifically designed for Southern filmmakers and addressed during the South Summit, visit:


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