At a glance: film industry coronavirus creative, social and financial support initiatives


 Screen has compiled a list of all the ongoing international initiatives launched to support the international film industry at this time. The list does not include free online film screenings or free online film festivals – there are many great offerings – although Screen recognises that watching films online during this time may also help filmmakers and your own mental health!

We want to grow this list – please email Ben Dalton with basic information about any initiatives we should add to the list above. And check out Screen’s own virtual marketplace Market+ and online Talks series.

Please bookmark this page to check for updates.

Online mentoring, consultations and advice

Film4 advice from experts on how to write during a crisis

Documentary Association Europe, free online consultations

Ffolio from Ffilm Cymru, free talent surgeries

Field of Vision, free online mentoring

Film and TV Charity helpline (UK only), free financial advice and mental health support - 0800 054 0000

Jeanie Finlay, free online mentoring

Rocliffe, free online advice sessions

Sophie Holland Casting, free online advice sessions

Remote learning/conferences/film festivals

Screen International’s Talks

New Horizons, “insulating sessions”

Film Distributors’ Association, Film Distribution: Connecting Films with Audiences (free course)

Curzon Home Cinema, live Q&A series

IBC365, free webinars

Media Production & Technology Show, free fireside chats and training talks

St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, cozy chats

NFTS, virtual open days, April 1-30

Sheffield Doc/Fest, MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market online in June

Visions du Reel, industry programme online April 25-30

Screen Skills Ireland, free online courses

Raindance, free live Instagram sessions daily, lockdown sessions (free for members), free live Facebook Filmmaker Sessions

ARRI Masterclasses for cinematographers (selected classes for free)

Arts Marketing Association - free webinars

Curtis Brown Creative free weekly writing workout programme

Hopscotch Films/Mark Cousins - 40 Days to Learn Film series free on Vimeo

Sundance Co//ab, free webinars and masterclasses

Together Films, free webinars

ScreenSkills Indie Training Fund

CPH: Conference continues on Facebook through March 26

DOC NYC seminar New Strategies for Distribution in response to Covid-19, March 27

Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is offering its REACH: Strategic Audience Development course (usually £50 to access) for free online to its newsletter subscribers

Series Mania Digital Forum, March 25-April 7 (industry professionals can request access)

Opportunities for creatives

Lockdown Stories by New Noardic Wave

My Film Project, Quarantine Film Challenge

Roadmap Writers, free 30-day short script writers’ challenge

48 Hour Isolation Film Challenge

Galway’s One Minute Film Festival

BBC Writers Room call for short-form scripts about characters in isolation

Corporate initiatives

Facebook #TogetherAtHome

Sony Corporation, $100m global relief fund

Park Circus, Until We’re Back at the Movies

Film Sprites PR, free promotion for films with cancelled festival premieres

Strike Media - new industry-wide newsletter about UK home entertainment releases

Netflix - $100m fund for creatives

Adobe - offering Creative Cloud subscribers two months free

Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation - free fundraising for businesses

MUBI - Offering three month subscription for £1

Online film industry communities & film clubs

American Film Institute, AFI Movie Club

D-Word, online discussions about COVID-19 issues as well as mental health

Cinema Technology Community - free membership during Covid-19 crisis

UK Cinemas Network Facebook group

Glasgow Film Theatre: At Home With GFT

Peccadillo Pictures’ Sofa Club

The TV Mindset

Friday Film Club with Carol Morley

Live Watch Party with Riz Ahmed

Fundraising and professional groups’ support

AMPAS, $6m donation split between: The Actors Fund and Motion Picture & Television Fund

Producers Guild of India, relief fund backed by Netflix

Primetime Network, what to watch, practical support and stay connected resources

EWA talks Change

Women in Film Los Angeles, helpline and Laptop Cinema Club

American Documentary, artist emergency fund

German Films, Corona updates

SAG-AFTRA, dues relief

Art-House America Campaign, fundraiser by Criterion Collection

Film and TV Charity, Coronavirus resources page

#BAFTAKids at Home with @Place2Be

Modern Films, Marquee of indie cinemas

Screen Scotland, £1.5million Screen Bridging Bursary programme and single project development fund

Equity £1m benevolent fund

Into Film’s film guides for homeschooling

Raising Films, Raising our Futures initiative

Helping Dress Medics

To Be Continued, crowdfunding for 33 cinemas in Berlin