In 2021, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and Warner Bros. Discovery 150 partnered to launch the inaugural edition of NewNarratives. Now in its third year, the program will continue to identify exciting new global storytellers by accessing NFMLA’s extensive pool of artistic talent. The program advances, funds and amplifies unique new voices whose narratives, stories and characters transcend borders and dismantle convention.

Thanks to a new partnership with the Rhulen Family Foundation in honor of the late independent film producer Anthony Rhulen known for projects such as The Butterfly Effect, the NewNarratives program will continue in 2023 and has made the commitment to award a total of $20,000.00 usd in cash grant funding. These grants will be disbursed in the form of four (4), five thousand ($5,000.00 usd) grants which will support short, feature and episodic series, documentary, experimental and/or animation projects in any stage of production. This includes concept, early development, pre-production, production, post-production and/or audience strategy.


Submissions Open
August 9th, 2023 at 10:00am PT*

Submissions Deadline
September 6th, 2023 at 11:59pm PT*

Award Announcement
October 18th, 2023 at 11:00am PT*


  • Applicant must have written, directed or produced at least one project that has been accepted into a film festival or industry recognized development competition (such as a screenplay contest)
  • Proposed project may be a live-action narrative, experimental, animated and/or documentary short or feature or episodic series, in any stage of production
  • Applicant may only submit one project in total (including projects that you share a credit on)
  • Content must be written or created by applicant
  • Application’s proposed project must be original and unreleased
  • Application’s content must be written in English
  • Applicant must be able and willing to complete the project if funding is awarded
  • Applicant must be willing to sign project submission release
  • Applicant must be or become a Rising Pro or Champion level member of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles


  • Work sample of previously completed narrative, experimental or documentary feature, short or episodic project or a script that has been selected for an industry recognized development competition (such as a screenplay contest)
  • Video work samples must include English subtitles for any content not in English language
  • All submitted project materials must be in English
  • Treatment (no longer than 2 pages)
  • Concept deck (no longer than 12 pages)
  • Project synopsis of project (no longer than one paragraph)
  • Working title
  • Submitter biography
  • Submitter statement
  • All items must adhere to applicable character count limits


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*Dates are subject to change, all revised dates will be updated on this page

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