December 20, 2022
LEF will be closed for the holidays from
Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2, 2023
Greetings from LEF New England,
We hope this holiday season is restful and inspiring, and that you're able to greet 2023 in good health and in good company. 

As we prepare for the year ahead, the LEF team is reflecting on the ways we’ve been able to deepen our support for New England nonfiction filmmakers in 2022. We are grateful for all of the filmmakers, peer reviewers, partners, and community members who contribute to envisioning and building a more vibrant, supportive, and equitable ecosystem for filmmakers across New England and beyond. We are excited to continue doing this work together with you. 
Looking back at 2022, the LEF Moving Image Fund grant program offered $250,000 in funding to 23 feature nonfiction projects by New England-based directors and producers:
Image description: A mosaic of square stills from Moving Image Fund-supported projects in 2022.
Additionally, through LEF New England’s ongoing collaborations with the Flaherty, Points North Institute, and Harvard Film Study Center, we have supported 10 New England-based filmmaking teams within cohort-based film fellowships in 2022:
Image description: The seven 2022 LEF/CIFF Fellows sit around a square of tables in a bright room listening to three filmmaking mentors as a work-in-progress film appears on a TV monitor in the background.
While the DocYard will remain on hiatus through Spring 2023, we’re looking forward to keeping you updated about future plans for the screening series in the new year. 

To help us further our support for the New England filmmaking community in 2023, please share our LEF New England Newsletter with anyone who you think might like to receive this monthly listing of filmmaker opportunities, and please also help us spread the word about LEF’s next Moving Image Fund grant deadline on January 20, 2023!
Thank you and warm wishes,

The LEF New England team
Lyda, Gen, & Matthew

LEF Foundation
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238
A private family foundation dedicated to the support of contemporary arts, LEF was established in 1985 with offices in Massachusetts and California. The Moving Image Fund was launched in 2001 through the LEF office in Cambridge, MA to support independent film and video artists. Since its inception, the Moving Image Fund has awarded over 400 grants to New England-based independent filmmakers with approximately $4.2 million in funding. The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region and to broaden recognition and support for their work locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England's independent film community. The overarching goal of LEF New England's philanthropic investment is to help build a sustainable and strong community of support for artists and their work.