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Out On Film Names Recipients of First Filmmaker Funds, Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund 2025 Event

Six filmmakers from across the United States have been awarded funds as part of Out On Film’s first annual Filmmaker Fund.

“Out On Film is extremely happy to be able to award our first Filmmaker Funds, made possible through our 2023 Kickstarter campaign,” Justice Obiaya, Out On Film’s executive director, said in a press release. “In our inaugural year we were able to fund a half dozen exciting projects. Our goal is to grow the fund over the years to provide even more grants in the future.”

A total of $5,000 was shared by six filmmakers – Jonathan Andre Culliton for “WILLA JUSTICE: Drag Queen Private Eye,” Michael Donte for “What Channel is Love?,” Millie Rose Evans for “9 Lives” (who is based out of Atlanta), Hannah Myers for “Daddy,” Lane Stanley for “T,” and Rashaad Newsome for “Assembly.”

Now in in its 37th season the Oscar® qualifying Out On Film has become one of the nation’s leading LGBTQIA+ film festivals, voted as the #1 film festival in the country in 2023 by the readers of USA Today’s 10Best. In addition to a fall festival and programming throughout the year, Out On Film’s mission to amplify the queer voices in the community.

“Both our Filmmaker Fund and our annual Screenplay Competition further our mission to spotlight queer stories and to find the voices of tomorrow,” Jim Farmer said. “I am excited to be able to help these directors finish their films with these funds and excited to see where their works land.”

Out on Film launched a Kickstarter campaign May 17 with the goal to fund the 2025 Filmmaker Fund and provide cash prizes and transportation for filmmakers to the 2024 festival.

“Every dollar raised will go towards a filmmaker,” says Obiaya.

The Kickstarter campaign ends June 16. More information on the campaign can be found here.