Creative Culture Network

Creative Culture Network is an online hub of support for filmmakers far and wide. This initiative actively responds to the needs of filmmakers and aggregates 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. Currently, the Creative Culture Network consists of a monthly newsletter, a Slack community workspace, and this up-to-date web page aggregating resources and opportunities. As we grow the Creative Culture Network, we will continually expand our offerings for filmmakers to connect and share skills, knowledge, and resources.

This page will be updated regularly as we respond to the emergent needs of our community and learn of new offerings from peer organizations and others. 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 share with us at


Distribution Opportunities

Dedza Films + Kino Lorber

Le Cinéma Club



Short of the Week

Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere


Education and Professional Development

AbelCine: Free Online Classes & Courses

Austin Film Festival at Home

Ethical Storytelling Practices with Sonya Childress (Creative Capital, Oct. 29)

Falling Forward: Producers (IFP in Partnership with Black TV & Film Collective, Freelancers Hub and Hue You Know, Oct. 29)

Film Crowdfunding Strategies with Kickstarter (Sundance Collab – recording)

Firelight Media Beyond Resilience Series (recordings)

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

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)


Film Labs, Residencies, and Fellowships

EURODOC 2020 training program

2021 IFP Rotterdam Lab Fellowship

Pacific Islanders in Communications Special Projects

The Sauce Fellowship for Emerging Asian-American Filmmakers in the South

Wavelength Productions and The Black TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship


Funding and Grants

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant

California Documentary Project Grants (California Humanities)

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Research Fund

Film Independent Camera Grant

Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Development Grant

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

Panavision New Filmmaker Program

Perspective Fund

Puffin Foundation

Roy W. Dean Film Grant

Screencraft Film Fund

The Miller/Packan Film Fund (The Rogovy Foundation)

The WAVE Grant (Wavelength Productions)

The Whickers Film and TV Funding Award

Working Films’ 2020 Docs in Action: Call for Media to Amplify Abolition


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)

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

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)

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

Dropbox Digital Care Package: Sundance Institute

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)


Community, Self-care, and Mutual Aid

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

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources (Big Door Brigade)

Mutual Aid NYC

NYC United Against Coronavirus



Emergency/Relief Funding

Artist Relief (Cycle VII open through Oct. 21)

CERF+ Emergency Assistance

#HireHerBack Fund—Women in Film (via The Actors Fund)

NYFA List of Emergency Grants

The Documentary Impact Producer Relief Fund (Doc Society with support from the Perspective 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)

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, 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)


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


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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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