September 24, 2023



NewFilmmakers LA Teams Up With Rhulen Family Foundation for 2023 NewNarratives Program

NewFilmmakers LA Teams Up With Rhulen Family Foundation for 2023 NewNarratives Program

The NewNarratives program, previously supported by Warner Bros. Discovery OneFifty, is entering its third year in partnership with the Rhulen Family Foundation. A total of $20,000 in grant funding will be awarded, with a submission deadline of September 6.

For its 2023 program, the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles NewNarratives initiative has partnered with the Rhulen Family Foundation. This partnership will honor the late Anthony Rhulen, an independent producer of films like The Butterfly Effect and founder of Film Engine Entertainment, who passed away in 2021 at age 51.

Now in its third year, the NewNarratives program will continue discovering new global storytellers from NFMLA’s talent pool. Warner Bros. Discovery OneFifty supported the first two years of the program.

NFMLA’s Executive Director Larry Laboe and Programming Director Bojana Sandic said in a joint statement, “We’re thrilled to continue this program with the Rhulen Family Foundation’s support.

Honoring late producer Anthony Rhulen allows us to carry on his passion for nurturing independent film and emerging talent.” They also thanked Warner Bros. Discovery OneFifty for helping launch NewNarratives in 2021 and supporting the first two years.

For 2023, the program will award $20,000 total in grants – four $5,000 awards. NewNarratives funds and uplifts unique new voices and unconventional stories across shorts, features, series, documentaries, experimental works, and animation. Projects can be at any stage from concept to completion. NFMLA members can apply by September 6.

Since starting in 2021, NewNarratives has received over 400 entries from 50 countries. Over $150,000 has been awarded, with past recipients including Jim Vendiola, Merced Elizondo, Mandy Fabian, Thales CorrĂȘa, Gabriela Ortega, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Meghan Ross, Nora Mariana Salim, and Rami Kodeih.


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