Creative Culture Network
Creative Culture Network is an online resource hub for emerging filmmakers. We currently offer a monthly newsletter, a Slack community workspace, and this page aggregating resources and opportunities. As we grow the Creative Culture Network, we will continually expand our offerings to help emerging filmmakers connect and share skills, knowledge, and resources.
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.
This page is updated regularly with new and updated resources and opportunities. If you find an offering or resource that may be particularly helpful to friends or peers, or you have a suggestion of how we can further provide support to folks in our field, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education and Professional Development
Crowdfunding Your Short with Kickstarter (Sundance Collab – recording)
Firelight Media Beyond Resilience Series (recordings)
Latino Media Market (NALIP)
Master Class: Tax Basics for Creatives (Sundance Collab – recording)
Film Labs, Residencies, and Fellowships
Funding and Grants
2021 Uprise Grant Fund (Sundance Institute)
Networking and Connecting with Peers
A-Doc Asian American Documentary Network (for self-identified Asian-American documentary folx)
Blue Collar Post Collective (for post-production professionals)
Brown Girls Doc Mafia (for nonbinary & women filmmakers of color)
Doculink (documentary focused)
FWD-Doc (for filmmakers with disabilities)
Hue You Know (for BIPOC in media)
Local Zero Heroes (for production assistants)
Media Mavens (for women & nonbinary media folx; requires referral)
Queer Producers Network (for LGBTQ+ documentary folx)
Video Consortium (documentary/media journalism focused)
Supporting filmmakers through the ongoing pandemic
The current moment continues to demand that we work together to support and protect each other, and especially the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. We know that the ongoing pandemic continues to impact artists and filmmakers on a mass scale, and in addition to general resources we’ll continue to compile and maintain a list of resources on this page to help you navigate the challenges of living as a filmmaker at this time.
Articles, Guides, and Webinars for Artists during COVID-19
A guide for financial survival during the COVID crisis (The Creative Independent)
Financial/Legal Help Webinars for the COVID crisis (Sunlight Tax)
What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus (Freelancers Union)
#HireHerBack Fund—Women in Film (via The Actors Fund)
Film Production: Health and Safety Guidelines in response to COVID-19
Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (with SAG-AFTRA, the DGA, and other listed unions)
Independent Documentary Filming in the Time of Corona (Doc Society, Field of Vision, Sundance Institute)
Worldwide COVID-19 Film Production Guidelines (American Film Market)
Navigating Unemployment Benefits, Federal Relief Legislation, and More
Filmmaker’s Guide to Applying for US Coronavirus Federal Relief (Firelight Media, International Documentary Association + ITVS)
How the latest COVID relief bill could impact your taxes (Freelancers Union)
What the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan does for freelancers (Freelancers Union)
Where to Look for Additional Resources
COVID-19 Resources (Authority Collective)
Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19 (Artist Trust)
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Creative Capital)
Sundance-created and curated resources we love (Sundance Collab)
Sign Up to Receive the Creative Culture Network Newsletter
We send a newsletter to our network each month. If you are interested in receiving the Creative Culture Network newsletter, including resources like those listed above, please sign up for our mailing list.
Sign Up to Join the Creative Culture Network Slack
Our Slack workspace is an online forum for filmmakers to connect and share knowledge and resources. Open to all filmmakers, you can request to join via this sign-up form.