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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


Distribution Opportunities

Exquisite Shorts

Le Cinéma Club



Short of the Week


Education and Professional Development

AbelCine: Free Online Classes & Courses

Austin Film Festival at Home

Distribution Advocates: A Cheat Sheet For Approaching Distribution

Cardozo Law Filmmakers Legal Clinic

Crowdfunding Your Short with Kickstarter (Sundance Collab – recording)

Field of Vision & Lawyers for Reporters Legal Clinic

Firelight Media Beyond Resilience Series (recordings)

Master Class: Tax Basics for Creatives (Sundance Collab – recording)

Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program’s “In Conversation” Series (recordings)

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts: Free Online Classes & Courses


Film Labs, Residencies, and Fellowships

2021 Annual Black List Feature Lab

2021 Black List X Women in Film Episodic Lab

2021 Points North Fellowship (due June 14)

Cucalorus Works-in-Progress Lab (due May 1)

Film Independent Producing Lab (due May 26)

Firelight Media Documentary Lab (due June 15)

Inevitable Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship

Marcie Bloom Fellowship (due July 6)

Pacific Islanders in Communications Special Projects

Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship (SFFilm, due May 14)


Funding and Grants

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

Artist Relief (Cycle XII deadline: May 31)

BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, Presented by Machines for Freedom (due June 15)

Catapult Development Grant

Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

New Music USA Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring

Panavision New Filmmaker Program

Perspective Fund

Queer|Art Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists (due June 30)

Roy W. Dean Film Grants (Summer deadline: June 30)

Pacific Islanders in Communications Shorts Fund (due May 14)

The Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities (NYFA, due June 15)

The Future of Film is Female Spring 2021 Grants (due May 16)


Networking and Connecting with Peers

A-Doc Asian American Documentary Network (for self-identified Asian-American documentary folx)

Black Film Space

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)

Ghetto Film School Roster

How Are You Doing? Mental Health Support for Post Production Pros by BCPC

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)

Sundance Collab Writer’s Café

The Future of Film is Female Membership

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)

Field of Vision: Documentary Support Guide

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

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)


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)

Film LA: Covid Resource Center

Film New Orleans COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

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

International Cinematographer’s Guild

Reopening New York: Media Production Guidelines for Employers and Employees

Restarting Film Production: Guidelines by State (Wrapbook)

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 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 Collab)

The Actors Fund COVID-19 Resource List


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.


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