DirectorchairWe need stories. We need stories so we can help others understand — our pain, our joy, our beliefs, our purpose, our desires, ourselves. That’s the importance of storytelling. We tell stories all the time. We use social media to tell stories. With the local documentary such as Danielle Wright’s “Navigate Her,” we find it commendable that our community has taken a vested interest in telling our stories. The New Orleans Film Society has also taken an interest in our stories and is calling for African American filmmakers to expand their career opportunities.

Emerging Voices is a new initiative of the NOFF funded by the Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to offer African-American and Black Diaspora directors and producers  in Louisiana an environment to genuinely connect with industry leaders, to help strengthen our indigenous film community.

Selected filmmakers will receive an all access pass to the 25th annual film festival, (October 16-23) where they will be paired with a film industry mentor  and have one-on-one meetings. Emerging Voices Mentees will also participate in short, intensive meetings with film industry professionals to build further connections to advance their projects.

They are looking for filmmakers over 18 years of age who have documentary, narrative and web based projects in development to apply.

Apply here

Submission close at midnight on Sunday, August 24th.

For more information please contact