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Creative Culture Network

Introducing the Creative Culture Network

Creative Culture Network is an online hub of support for filmmakers far and wide. This online community will respond to the needs of filmmakers and aggregate resources and opportunities currently available in the film industry.

All Creative Culture programs are guided by an ethic of collaboration and care. By practicing mutual support, we believe we can combat a culture of competition that pervades our industry, and foster a more inclusive and supportive filmmaking community. To start, the Creative Culture Network will take the form of a monthly newsletter and this up-to-date web page aggregating resources and opportunities. As we grow the Creative Culture Network, we will expand our offerings for filmmakers to connect and share skills, knowledge, and resources.


Supporting filmmakers in response to COVID-19

We are launching the Creative Culture Network during a time of tremendous uncertainty on so many fronts. The current moment demands that we work together to support and protect each other, and especially the most vulnerable among us. We know that as a community, artists and filmmakers, who so often work in an already precarious freelance economy, have been hit particularly hard by the economic impact of the pandemic. We have compiled a number of resources on this page to help you navigate the challenges of living as a filmmaker in this moment.

We are grateful to our colleagues at other artist support organizations and all others who have contributed in creating the funding opportunities, resources, and other support materials listed below. If we pool our resources together, our arts community can come out of this crisis healthy and thriving.

This page will be updated regularly as we learn of new offerings. If you find an offering or resource that may be particularly helpful to friends or peers, we urge you to share it with us at


Emergency/Relief Funding Opportunities

Artist Relief

CERF+ Emergency Assistance

Emergency Financial Assistance (The Actors Fund)

Film Independent: Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund

NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund

NYFA List of Emergency Grants

YoungArts Alumni Emergency Microgrants


Navigating Unemployment Benefits, the CARES Act, and More

Filmmaker’s Guide to Applying for US Coronavirus Federal Relief (Firelight Media, International Documentary Association + ITVS)

What the CARES Act means for freelancers (Freelancers Union)

What You Need to Know and Do About the CARES Act (New York State Department of Labor)


Articles, Guides, and Webinars for Artists during COVID-19

A guide for financial survival during the COVID crisis (The Creative Independent)

Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic webinar (ASL & Captioned) For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines

Field of Vision: Documentary Support Guide

Financial/Legal Help Webinars for the COVID crisis (Sunlight Tax)

Independent Documentary Filming in the Time of Corona (Doc Society, Field of Vision, Sundance Institute)

Tips for Applying for Funding, with a focus on applying for grants to help make up for lost income (CERF+)

Virtual Panel: WORKING THROUGH – Indie Filmmaking in the Age of COVID-19 (SAG Indie)

What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus (Freelancers Union)

Dropbox Digital Care Package: Sundance Institute


Community, Self-care, and Mutual Aid for Artists

Cloud9: Collective Love on Ur Desktop (BUFU & China Residencies)

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources (Big Door Brigade)

Mutual Aid NYC

NYC United Against Coronavirus



Remote Educational and Professional Development Opportunities

AbelCine: Free Online Classes & Courses

Austin Film Festival at Home

Film Crowdfunding Strategies with Kickstarter (Sundance Co//ab – recording)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Free Online Classes & Courses

Watch ARRI Master Classes For Free, Plus A List of “Free”‘ Software in Response to COVID-19 (No Film School)


Where to Look for Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

COVID-19 Resources (Authority Collective)

Distantly Together: Artist Resources – an info hub for artists and art workers during COVID-19

Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19 (Artist Trust)

IFP Resource Guide for Filmmakers and Creatives During COVID-19 Crisis

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Creative Capital)

NYFA Emergency Resources Directory

Resources for Artists During a Public Health Crisis (BRIC)

Sundance-created and curated resources we love (Sundance Co//ab)

The Actors Fund COVID-19 Resource List


Funding and Grant Opportunities:

Catapult Film Fund

Cinereach Film Grants

ITVS Short-Form Open Call

Perspective Fund

POV: Call for Entries

Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking

The Media Arts Assistance Forward Fund

Music on Film – Film on Music Documentary Grant

Doha Film Institute Grants

Sundance 2020 Documentary Fund: Fall Grant Cycle

Black Creative Endeavors Grant

ITVS: Open Call


Film Lab, Residency, or Fellowship Opportunities:

Cinereach Submissions

The Short Form Editing Residency

The Short to Feature Lab

Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowshi

Film Independent Camera Grant

Pacific Islanders in Communications Special Projects

The Sloan Distribution Grant

Black Public Media Incubator 360+

Close-Up Initiative for MENA Filmmakers

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab


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We anticipate that our first newsletter will be released in mid-May. If you are interested in receiving the Creative Culture Network newsletter, including resources like those listed above, please sign up for our mailing list.


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