Thursday, Mar 4, 10 AM-7 PM

South Summit 2021


The 2021 South Summit, presented by the New Orleans Film Society March 3-4, is a convening of local, regional, and national media makers, arts funders, and institutional stakeholders, with the intent of seeding conversations and actions around creating, resourcing, and amplifying film and media content that shapes how the U.S. sees the South and other regions. This field-building summit provides an opportunity to discuss critical issues facing both artists and institutions working outside the focus of financial and media industry concentrated in New York and Los Angeles –– including how we create, navigate and share power and resources, and build a stronger Southern film community to amplify Southern stories. The 2021 South Summit will be the third iteration, following 2018’s focus on envisioning what it means for Southern filmmaking to thrive, and 2019’s focus on contextualizing and curating film at the intersection of social justice and Southern identity for the cinema, gallery, and museum space. This year’s event extends the conversation to feature sessions examining how we share power, build mutually beneficial relationships in our region, and mobilize and develop creative leadership and dynamic storytelling within broader power dynamics in film and media that tend to center power on the East and West coast, and with those who benefit from socioeconomic power. South Summit 2021 is sponsored by Just Films at Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Register for free at