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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency/Relief Funding Opportunities
Emergency Financial Assistance (The Actors Fund)
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)
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)
What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus (Freelancers Union)
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)
Remote Educational and Professional Development Opportunities
Film Crowdfunding Strategies with Kickstarter (Sundance Co//ab – recording)
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 Co//ab)
Funding and Grant Opportunities:
Film Lab, Residency, or Fellowship Opportunities:
Sign Up to Receive the Creative Culture Network Newsletter
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.