We love our film + impact community. Our hearts go out to all of us affected by COVID-19: filmmakers, festival employees, students, small businesses, theaters, distributors, service industry workers, and vulnerable populations. It’s a scary time to be in independent film, but there isn’t a more resilient and resourceful community. We are inspired and motivated to help uplift artists and organizers and find new innovative ways to continue what we do best.
Here are some of the initiatives, funds, and resources recently circulated to help support our community:
How to Support the Film Community
Tweet out your support for your favorite upcoming films and directors, lots of folks are looking for what to watch at home.
Tell to include arts nonprofits in COVID-19 economic relief and stimulus packages. You can assist in requesting relief for movie theaters and their employees through NATO and Art House Convergence and Film Festival Alliance have co-authored a letter template that you can send to your legislators.
Watch the recorded webinar : What we Know and How to Move Forward hosted by Americans for the Arts
Donate to one of the many funds raising money to support artists, theaters, and festival workers:
The will provide rapid relief for TFI alumni who have lost jobs or freelance opportunities
The provides support to cinema workers who are out of work because of the crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated
Be sure to check out the , an online community celebrating and showcasing work by many artists who have been affected by COVID-19, including festival cancellations.
If you have children and the means to support, Cinemakidz is now offering for children ages 7 - 15.
Resources for Artists
Women & Hollywood is for projects by and/or about women that have been impacted by a coronavirus-related cancellation. They are accepting applications on a rolling basis!
Creative Capital is curating a growing for artists
Doc NYC has a list of .
San Francisco has announced an
How to Support Vulnerable Communities
Need child care because of COVID-19 school closures? Reach out to a freelancer, service employee, stagehand, or artist, who can’t work.
iFundWomen is for New Yorkers that need food assistance.
Communicate with your neighbor and identify who in your building or neighborhood needs help and who is able to help while practicing social distancing by using
Learn how to create a
When stocking up, leave the WIC labeled foods on the shelf and choose an alternative, as these may be the only food items that people with WIC can purchase
If you know a student whose school has been closed, let them know that .
How to Support Healthcare workers:
Sign the card by TIME’S UP to send a quick thank you and share on your social media platforms.
Don’t stockpile masks, instead help support healthcare workers on the frontlines who are running low on essential supplies and safety equipment. If you have any supplies — such as medical grade gloves, surgical masks, or hand sanitizer — please call your local healthcare facilities to see if they could use a donation.
to increase personal protective equipment distribution to protect our healthcare workers.
Want to go to the theater without leaving your home?
Check out these platforms that allow you to support smaller arthouse cinemas while watching incredible films:
- Kino Lorber’s theatrical exhibition initiative
- Directly support your local cinema and experience the latest in international art house films with online screenings and livestream Q&A discussions with filmmakers
- Watch a film presented by your favorite movie theater
- Watch selected films and conversations from the festival via their interactive online streaming platform