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Completed Grantee Work

LEF-funded film BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS, directed by Garrett Zevgetis, had its US broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in January 2017. Learn more here

News & Announcements


The Fall Season of documentary programming at The DocYard has been announced! Screenings take place on Mondays from September 11 - December 4 at the Brattle Theatre, and each screening will be followed by a filmmaker discussion. The DocYard is a program of LEF. See the full lineup. Buy a season pass.

New Hampshire filmmakers, join us on October 13 at the New Hampshire Film Festival for a roundtable discussion on strategies for funding your film! Details

Three LEF-funded films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the world premiere of Tracy Heather Strain's SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY and the North American premieres of Frederick Wiseman's EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY and Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel's CANIBA.

The Boston Globe's GlobeDocs Film Festival has been announced, including Julie Mallozzi's LEF-funded film CIRCLE UP, screening on October 14 at the Brattle Theatre. The festival runs from October 11-15.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's LEF-funded film CANIBA will have its U.S. Premiere during Projections at the New York Film Festival, October 6-9.

LEF grantee Chico Colvard is one of 11 artists awarded a 2017 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship!

Two LEF-funded films had world premieres at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, including Frederick Wiseman's EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel's CANIBA.

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