New Orleans Film Society

The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. We produce the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival annually and invest year-round in building a vibrant film culture in the South to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences, and connect dynamic filmmakers to career-advancing resources.

New Orleans shines ever brighter as an epicenter of culture and creativity during the New Orleans Film Festival, with 400+ filmmakers from every corner of the world in attendance at 230+ films. We see our greatest impact in the exchange of ideas that occurs when an anticipated 25,000 people gather over the course of 9 days to champion film in New Orleans and engage with visionary films, directors, and other film lovers. NOFF is one of the few film festivals that is Oscar-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories.

Paste Magazine praised the festival for offering “a platform to voices that still fight to be heard.” We honor three vital commitments to filmmakers and to audiences hungry for fresh work with perspectives less often represented on the silver screen:

  • 90% of the 230+ films in the festival will come from submissions, ensuring New Orleans Film Festival is a place of discovery where all voices have an opportunity to be heard
  • 50% or more of the films will be helmed by women and gender non-conforming filmmakers
  • 45% or more will be helmed by filmmakers of color.

New Orleans Film Society cultivates the voices of Southern filmmakers through Emerging Voices, a nationally recognized mentorship program for filmmakers of color, and other initiatives such as Southern Producers Lab, and the annual South Pitch competition during the New Orleans Film Festival. Filmmakers from beyond our region also benefit from the Film Society’s professional development panels and roundtables and facilitated networking events, such as the Industry Exchange.

New Orleans Film Society serves as an institutional partner to Create Louisiana by sponsoring $10,000 in grant funding to Louisiana Filmmakers in 2017-18, and partners with Artless Media to offer the Magnifying Glass fellowship to assist micro-budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice. Festival staff assists with selection processes for other grant opportunities, and are frequent panelists and jurors at other festivals in the U.S. and beyond.

Beyond the New Orleans Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Society works to build a vibrant film culture in the South by producing a mix of public and members-only year-round events to engage film lovers through regular screenings and events, attracting thousands to high-quality films at partnering New Orleans venues.

Particularly beloved by local audiences is the week-long French Film Festival, celebrating the confluence of French culture in New Orleans and offering Francophiles and Francophones rare access to a showcase of classic and contemporary French-language Cinema.

Jobs Listing

Students: Please, submit all applications to with the subject line: Loyola Work Study and the position to which you're applying. 

Film Festival Production Assistant

Events and Membership Assistant


1215 Prytania Street, Suite 423, New Orleans 70130
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Monika Baudoin
Director of Operations
504.309.6633 ext. 205

Jennifer Samani
Director of Development