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Artist Relief - Cycle IV

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

  • Deadline: September 23rd, 2020

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: 

    • Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience

    • Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic

    • 21 years of age or older

    • Provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)—we will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection

    • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years

    • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners

    • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: info@artistrelief.org

  • Application Information

The Actor’s Fund

To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund. Please know that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of requests and ask for your patience during this time.

Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. We ask that if you have the resources to cover that period, please wait to apply. These are unprecedented times and we all must steward our resources very carefully.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: 

    • Based on current financial need (inability to pay next two month’s bills)

    • A minimum of five years of recent entertainment industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years OR a minimum of 20 years of industry employment with a minimum of 10 years of earnings of at least $5,000 (please note that income from teaching does not qualify)

    • Eligibility requirements for dancers—three years of recent dance earnings of at least $2,000 a year

  • Address:

    • The Actor’s Fund National Headquarters

      729 7th Ave 10th floor

      New York, NY 10019

  • Contact: 

    • New York City: 800.221.7303

    • Chicago: 312.372.0989

    • Los Angeles: 888.825.0911

  • Application Information 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – we would like to help. 

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All BIPOC artists who need financial assistance during this crisis are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: info@aacdmv.org

  • Application Information 

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists, Performers & Tip-Based Workers

Glad Day Bookshop has set up an emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. This fund is not meant to help people recover lost income.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All LBBTQ2S artists, performers, & tip-based workers are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: 

    • Glad Day Bookshop

      499 Church Street

      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Contact: michael@gladday.ca

  • Application Information

SAG-AFTRA Disaster Relief Fund & SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund 

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have a COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members and families affected by this global pandemic.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All SAG-AFTRA members in need are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: https://sagaftra.foundation/emergency-assistance-contact/

  • Application Information


Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival

A film festival that focuses on both emerging and established female filmmakers. Festival will take place in Los Angeles California, during a three day jammed pack festival. Films that will be selected will showcase the talents of what female filmmakers can and have done! But don’t let the name fool you! Men and all identifying individuals have submitted and have been the official selection of the festival and some have won! We do not discriminate, we encourage diversity, equality and inclusion; which has been lacking in this industry. If you support that, WE support you!

  • When/Where: November 6th-8th, 2020 

  • Deadline: September 19th (Extended Deadline), October 31st (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $25-$85

  • Eligibility: The only rule there is...the film must feature a female lead in the production aspect; producer, director, cinematographer and or writer. The film can have male roles in production, but the major key crew members must be female.

  • Categories: Shorts, Feature, Student Films, Documentary, Animation

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: femalefilmmakersfuse@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Women In Horror Film Festival

The Women in Horror Film Festival was founded in late 2016 by filmmakers Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik. We are a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women creatives in genre film, as well as promoting inclusion and diversity in order to foster an equal and level playing field. 

Winners in select categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two Lizzies are exactly alike. Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the event.

ALL Finalists will receive 2 full weekend passes to the event which include all parties, screenings, workshops, and panels.

  • When/Where: February 25th-27th, 2021

  • Deadline: October 1st (Extended Deadline), December 1st (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $11.25-$40

  • Eligibility: All films entered are required to have 3 or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: (Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Producer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by or co-written by a woman.

  • Categories: Shorts, Feature, Student Films

  • Address:

    • Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

      117 North Park Square

      Marietta, Georgia 30060

      United States 

  • Contact: wihfilmfest@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival

The Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival (BMFF) is an annual one-day event of film showcases that profile stories by Black Muslim Girl filmmakers and creative talent in the film, television and digital space. Originally founded in February 2018 with the purpose of creating a platform to showcase film content by Black Muslim women filmmakers, BMFF is also designed to create opportunities to network with industry professionals and cultivate community among Black Muslim Girls in film around the world.

  • When/Where: December 13th, 2020

  • Deadline: September 20th (Regular Deadline), October 20th (Late Deadline), November 20th (Extended Late Deadline), November 23rd (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $18.75-$55

  • Eligibility: You (or someone on the project's above-the-line OR below-the-line staff) must identify as female and Black, and/OR must identify as a Muslim from the Diaspora, (non-Arab, and/or South Asian.) OR, there must be a Muslim of Color, (non-Arab, and/or South Asian) representing the Diaspora, in the film.

  • Categories: Shorts, Feature, Student Films, Documentary, Animation

  • Address:

    • Regency West

      3339 West 43rd Street

      Leimert Park

      Los Angeles, California 90008

      United States

  • Contact: audaz.entertainment@gmail.com

  • Submission Information


Finster - Feature Film

Casting for "Finster," a feature length film. Synopsis: A journalist who writes about a notorious serial killer, Finster, leaves the city for a more peaceful life, but soon learns violence has no boundaries.

  • Roles: 

    • Annie (All Ethnicities;Female;30-39;Lead)

    • Rose (White;Female;60-70;Supporting)

    • Debra Cornfield (All Ethnicities;Female;31-55;Supporting)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Tentative rehearsal schedule is in mid-Oct.; scheduled to shoot on Oct. 23-Nov. 11 (subject to change due to COVID-19) in the Washington D.C. area.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Professional Pay: $100-200/day, plus travel and meals provided. Producers have applied for a SAG-AFTRA Agreement.

  • Audition Information

An American Prayer - Short Film

'An American Prayer' (AAP) is a film about the state of the American Dream through the experiences of seven characters, each representing a race or religion in the USA. It’s a prism through which seven divergent and surprising contemporary views of the country emerge. While an Asian immigrant may have had an inspiring vision of the American Dream, overcome challenges, and worked hard to achieve success in this country, for an indigenous person or African-American, the experiences in modern-day America might have been nightmarish. This experimental film presents a kaleidoscopic and turbulent vision of the country and its current challenges and articulates each character’s desires for the future of the American project. 

The film has a poetic voice-over narrative at its heart. The narrative is delivered by seven different characters, and often, in the form of text. The imagery, which comprises original footage, archival video, photographs, and text, is related to the voice-over. The words describe the experiences of a cross-section of American society. It is about the American Dream, (or nightmare), how each character achieved it (or didn’t), the current dystopian reality (inequality, racism, oppression, pandemic), and a hope and prayer for change to come so America can be restored to an inspiring new vision.

  • Roles: 

    • Talent 1 (East Asian;Transgender;18-44;Lead)

    • Talent 2 (Black;Any Gender;18-50;Lead)

    • Talent 3 (Hispanic;Any Gender;18-50;Lead)

    • Talent 4 (Muslim;Any Gender;18-55;Lead)

    • Talent 5 (East Asian;Any Gender;18-55;Lead)

    • Talent 6 (Native American;Any Gender;50+;Lead)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Shoots Sept. 12-22 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: $100-150 per day

  • Audition Information

Daisy's Practice Date - Short Film

Casting for "Daisy's Practice Date." This is a short film produced by Hooked, as a part of their "FaceTime Fiction" series. Note: This is a 100% remote shoot, with actors self-filming on iPhones and being directed remotely.

  • Roles: 

    • Daisy (All Ethnicities;Female;18-26;Lead)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearsals Sept. 4-9; shoots Sept. 12 remotely.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Professional Pay

  • Audition Information

Steps - Short Film

Casting for "Steps," a dramedy written and directed by Blake Winston Rice. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place to protect the cast and crew during production.

  • Roles: 

    • Kate (All Ethnicities;Female;25-38;Lead)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearses TBD dates in the greater New York City area; shoots first week of September in the Massapequa, NY area.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Pays $125/day includes copy, credit, meals. Transportation and rehearsal TBD.

  • Audition Information

For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com. 


Covid Compliance Officer/Health & Safety Officer - Independent Film

We are an indie film production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana looking to hire a Covid Compliance Officer/Health & Safety Officer. The Health & Safety Supervisor will be an autonomous individual who specializes in assessing and enforcing COVID-19 health and safety protocols and procedures in the workplace to help minimize workplace exposure. This individual will work closely with the production company’s Safety manager, to provide guidance and support on the execution of COVID-19 health and safety protocols and directives in conjunction with the UPM, 1st AD, and other relevant department heads. 

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • Minimum 3 years of experience preferred working in a healthcare setting. with a current license or certification (EMT, Paramedic, LPN, RN, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner). 

    • Safety degree or equivalent certifications, qualifications (ASP, OSHA 501/511, NEBOSH, IOSH, OHST, etc.). 

    • Working knowledge of COVID-19 response and best practices. 

    • Familiar with various global, federal, and state legislation, standards, regulations and best practices on health and safety responsibilities. 

    • Management/Supervisor experience required. 

    • Proficiency in Google Suite applications, Microsoft Office applications, and general computer & technology literacy.

    • Strong communication skills and attention to details are essential. 

    • Must possess the ability to work collaboratively across multiple groups. 

    • Ability to prioritize tasks independently. 

    • Desire to efficiently and creatively solve problems and enact solutions. 

    • Must have a current CPR & First Aid certification.  

    • May be exposed to infectious diseases and other occupational dangers. 

    • Must be able to withstand physical and emotional stress. 

    • Requires long periods of standing and moving. 

    • Be able to wear required PPE for up to 12 hours or more per shift (face mask, eye protection, medical gloves, gown, safety vest, etc.). 

    • Be able to work in an outdoor environment (subject to change).

Media Coordinator – Catch Co.

Catch Co. in Chicago, IL is looking for a creative, tenacious and organized team member to assist with content and influencer-related initiatives. The Media Coordinator will assist in execution of long-form content production, including pre-production, production logistics and post-production coordination. This role will also be responsible for assisting with various influencer marketing activities, including researching new influencers, assisting with proposals, contracting, tracking deliverables and reporting KPIs. Our rapid growth will require this individual to partner with a number of leaders across the marketing team and ensure we are maximizing the impact of our extensive content and influencer efforts. 

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • 3+ years experience in a role related to media production.

    • Understanding of influencer marketing ecosystem and strategies. 

    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 

    • Experience working with creative and/or production resources is highly valued, but not required. 

    • Interest in the outdoors is always a plus, but not required. 

  • Application Information 

Motion Graphics Designer – Creative Circle

Creative Circle in New York City is looking for a D2C freelance Motion Graphics Designer to assist their team around 30 hours per week, ongoing. 

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • Ideally 5+ years of experience in motion design, and ability to handle exporting/resizing video.

    • Fluency in After Effects and Premiere, and their own computer to work from.

    • Ability to work around 30 hours per week on multiple projects, and strong multitasking skills.

    • Make recommendations / suggestions on transitions and solutions for animations as-needed.

    • Any experience in D2C or health/wellness is a plus. 

  • Application Information 


National Endowment for the Humanities Media Production Grants (NEH)

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.  All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.  The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection.  Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production.

  • Deadline: August 8th, 2020

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Contact: questions@neh.gov

  • Application Information

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

The NYC DCLA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.

They have many grants tailored to the needs of artists living and working in the city throughout the year.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Free

  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups

  • Contact: 212.513.9300

  • Application Information

The Film Independent Camera Grant

The Film Independent Camera Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows and alumni. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker, on a rolling basis, who will be loaned a digital camera body (based on availability) to use for their narrative or documentary short, feature film production or web series. The grant includes an ARRI Alexa SXT Plus camera body OR a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K.

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • Application Fee: $65

  • Eligibility: 

    • Applicants must be the director, producer or cinematographer of a narrative or documentary short, feature film production or web series.

    • Applicants must be either: A) alumni of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs; B) alumni of the LA Film Festival; C) a past Film Independent Spirit Award Nominee; or D) solicited by Film Independent. Grant recipients must show proof of production insurance.

    • Camera body will be awarded for prep and principle photography. Dates must be provided in the application.

    • Project must be at least 75% financed when applying.

    • If the applicant is not the cinematographer, a cinematographer must be attached.

    • If awarded, grant winner(s) must be, or become, Film Independent Members.

  • Contact: info@cinereach.org

  • Application Information

Sloan Distribution Grant

The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.

  • Deadline: Rollling

  • Application Fee: $65

  • Eligibility: 

    • Applicants must be the producer of a narrative fiction feature film.

    • The film should prominently feature science, mathematics and/or technology in the story and/or have a leading character that is a scientist, engineer or mathematician.

    • Films with innovative marketing and distribution plans are encouraged to apply.

    • All submitted films must be at least 70 minutes in length.

    • Applicants must be legal residents of the United States.

    • Film must be entering its distribution phase.

  • Contact: jkushner@filmindependent.org

  • Application Information

Panavision New Filmmaker Program

Panavision believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. More than 25 years ago, Panavision launched the New Filmmaker Program, an ongoing grant program that loans camera packages to film schools, training programs, and independent filmmakers – at little or no charge. Panavision’s commitment to the industry's future provides student and beginning filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment early in their careers.

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:

    • Submit your proposals at least two months before you plan to shoot. Due to the high demand for Panavision cameras and equipment, it is essential that you plan ahead and contact us early.

    • Proposal materials will not be returned.

    • The New Filmmaker Program does not discriminate as to the nature of the project that can receive equipment grants. Any form, from experimental to documentary to musical to traditional narrative, is welcome.

    • Camera grants are available only for productions in the United States. Customs laws make transportation of cameras out of the US prohibitive. No exceptions.

    • The New Filmmaker Program will not allow cameras to be used on projects that perpetuate racial or sexual stereotypes and prejudices. Pornography is absolutely unacceptable.

    • Grant recipients must obtain insurance must from an outside insurance agent. Students can generally have the school issue the necessary policies. Plan ahead! This can take several weeks to implement. The process varies from school to school, so check with your film department. Productions that are not attached to a school must obtain the necessary insurance from an independent broker. Panavision must receive proof of insurance two weeks prior to prep dates. EQUIPMENT WILL NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT PROPER INSURANCE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    • Approved proposals are subject to a service fee for equipment.

    • Anamorphic lenses are not available via the New Filmmaker Program
      All gear is requests are subject to availability

  • Contact: nfp@panavision.com

  • Application Information


Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. We seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Our films range widely in content and style. Please visit our Films page to review our recent work.

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Projects eligible for consideration must be feature-length (over 60 minutes), and intended for theatrical exhibition.We do not currently consider short films (under 60 minutes), serialized or episodic work, web series, virtual or augmented reality, or other immersive/interactive work.

  • Contact: info@cinereach.org

  • Application Information

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their films to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find.

  • Deadline: Rolling

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:

    • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.

    • Documentaries must be 28 minutes or longer in length. We do not fund series.

    • Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    • Development funds must specifically be used for the process of completing a fundraising piece, which may include writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place.

    • Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.

    • Applicants should preferably have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting previously completed work sample. -Applicants who have not yet produced or directed their own feature length documentary should demonstrate that they will be working with an experienced filmmaker in a principal role.

    • Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual, including applicants from outside the US, may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.

  • Contact: info@catapultfilmfund.org

  • Application Information


The Fiore Center

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.

The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment within the context of agriculture and today’s culture at large. We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community.

We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: $15 if not from Maine

  • When: Ongoing

  • Eligibility: All residency positions are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists/writers.

  • Address:
    97 Main Street
    Maine Farmland Trust, attn. Anna Witholt Abaldo
    Belfast, Maine 04915
    United States

  • Contact: 207-338-6575

  • Application Information

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Yes

  • When: Ongoing

  • Eligibility: The Visiting Artist Residency Program accepts applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a deep commitment to their practices. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. Applicants are required to cover studio rental costs themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.

  • Address: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

  • Contact: 310-453-3711

  • Application Information


NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.

backHer- Women specific grants for all fields


WITHOUTABOX - Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox at:


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