History & Mission

The New Orleans Film Society discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. We produce the Academy-accredited 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.

The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) was founded in 1989. NOFS’ programming focus is its signature event, the New Orleans Film Festival, which is held each autumn, typically in October. The festival has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films and attracts hundreds of filmmakers each year. To provide year-round benefits for local audiences, NOFS also hosts the French Film Festival in the summer and regular screenings and events, attracting thousands to high-quality films around the city.

In efforts to cultivate and inspire new cinematic storytellers, NOFS hosts a number of programs, including our Emerging Voices Mentorship program for filmmakers of color based in Louisiana; a grants program called “Create Louisiana” in partnership with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Deep South Studios; and Cinema Classroom, which introduces students to films as well as different careers in cinema production and exhibition.

The New Orleans Film Society is a 501(c )(3) organization and a portion all contributions are tax deductible.