New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival

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NewFest: New York LGBT Film Festival
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NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival put on by The New Festival, Inc., is one of the most comprehensive forums of national and international LGBT film/video in the world.


Founded in 1988, The New Festival, Inc is a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to showcasing the newest and best LGBT media for the greater New York metropolitan area.

As a partner in the first national LGBTQ media arts organization, NewFest hopes to expand its goals all over the country. NewFest strives to encourage and foster environments for LGBTQ and allied filmmakers and viewers to represent the diversity and complexity of voices in the LGBTQ community, and to amplify those voices across the nation. [1]

List of Events

The largest and most popular program from the New Festival is the week long NewFest LGBT film festival. Additionally, year-round events include: NewFest@BAM an annual "Best of NewFest" showcase at the landmark Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rose Cinemas; NewDraft, a screenplay reading and competition; and the Logo Lounge, which provides a space for viewers, producers, screenplays, and filmmakers can mingle and network during the film festival. [2]

NewFest has partnered with the LGBT Center in NYC to screen films on a monthly basis at the Center. Screenings to include discussions with the filmmakers. [3]

In 2020, the festival was one of the key partners, alongside Outfest Los Angeles, the Frameline Film Festival and the Inside Out Film and Video Festival, in the North American Queer Festival Alliance, an initiative to further publicize and promote LGBT film. [4]

Grand Jury Award Winners

Audience Award Winners

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  1. "NewFest". Outfest. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  2. "NewFest: The New York LGBT Film Festival New York : Profile". Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  3. "NewFest at The Center".
  4. Jeff Ewing, "Major LGBTQ Film Festivals Partner To Create The ‘North American Queer Festival Alliance’ (NAQFA)". Forbes , June 17, 2020.