New Orleans Film Society
The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) is dedicated to providing audiences access to a diverse selection of local, national, and international film. The mission of the Society is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, the NOFS presents year-round film programming including the annual New Orleans Film Festival, the French Film Festival and screenings and special events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists and professionals.
NOFS also has a strong commitment to increasing opportunities for independent filmmakers, with a special focus on highlighting the work of underrepresented storytellers through two highly acclaimed programs:
· The Emerging Voices Mentorship Program was founded in 2014 with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on the principle that to create a more diverse storytelling landscape, filmmakers of color need greater access to gatekeepers. The program pairs six Louisiana-based directors of color with industry veterans for intensive one-on-one mentoring and access to industry leaders through facilitated meetings.
· The Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant program launched in 2015 with key partners Deep South Studios and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In its first year, Create Louisiana awarded one $50,000 grant to a Louisiana filmmaking team (Nailah Jefferson and Jon Wood) to make the short narrative film “Plaquemines.”
Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFS’ signature event, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest ﬁlm festivals in the South. NOFF has built its reputation around: DISCOVERY, HOSPITALITY, COMMUNITY + CONNECTION. Over 3,800 entries were received for this year’s Festival, with films coming from 115 different countries. Of the final selections, 45% are from female directors and 36% are from directors of color.