As the City of New Orleans prepares for its 300th Anniversary celebration, four organizations team up to celebrate

September 13, 2017

Press Release


NOVAC in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Kickstarter and local film organizations join forces to cultivate and fund short films about New Orleans in advance of the Tricentennial - Call for proposals is open!


As the City of New Orleans prepares for its 300th Anniversary celebration, four film and artist support organizations team up to celebrate and share our rich history and culture by cultivating and funding five short films that focus on New Orleans. NOVAC, The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy/Film New Orleans, Kickstarter, and The New Orleans Film Society call for proposals for short films by New Orleans Filmmakers. Applications for this opportunity are open August 8 through September 1, 2017.  

"New Orleans has been home to some of Kickstarter's most innovative and creative projects," says Elise McCave, Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter. "So, we're delighted to be able to support a group of local filmmakers telling stories from and about the city and its people, and to collaborate with three brilliant local film organisations to do that."  

"Film New Orleans is proud to bring together these partners to create an opportunity for our local filmmaking community," says Katie Williams, Director of Film New Orleans. "The support of these 3 organizations speaks to the strength and creativity of our City and filmmakers."

Proposed films can be in narrative or documentary genres, 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. Provided they raise their $5,000, they will then be awarded an additional $5,000 in project support.

Selected filmmakers will receive:

  • A $5,000 matching grant
  • Fundraising support from Kickstarter (one-on-one online workshop, with messaging and strategy assistance)
  • An in-person intensive with Kickstarter during the New Orleans Film Festival 2017
  • All Access passes to the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival
  • Production support from Film New Orleans (location file pull assistance, city service and permit consultation)
  • 20 hours of ongoing support from NOVAC for the cohort during production
  • Premiere event showcase in the Spring of 2018 in New Orleans



  • 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 city of New Orleans and have lived in New Orleans for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting the application. You cannot apply if you are attending school full-time outside of the City of New Orleans. 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 New Orleans address).
  • Staff, board members, and interns of Film New Orleans, The City of New Orleans, Kickstarter, NOVAC and The New Orleans Film Society may not apply.
  • Both director and producer must be available to participate in a feedback session during the New Orleans Film Festival, October 11-19, 2017
  • Must agree to grant Film New Orleans, Kickstarter, NOVAC and The New Orleans Film Society the right to stream, screen and distribute the completed film (non-commercial use/promotional purposes only).



  • Application Available: August 8, 2017
  • Application Deadline: September 1, 2017, 5:00PM
  • Shortlist announced: September 15, 2017
  • Award announced: October 1, 2017
  • Kickstarter mentorship event @ NOFF 17
  • Kickstarter campaign launched by October 19, 2017
  • Project Complete: April 15, 2018



The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017, 5:00PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. There is no application fee. Applications must be submitted through NOVAC’s online grants platform at



Full details and proposal guidelines are available at  

Please refer to the frequently asked questions section of the application. With any

other questions please contact Darcy McKinnon at [email protected]  

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