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Coronavirus Resources for Documentary Creators

IDA is actively supporting documentarians through the pandemic by producing financial assistance resources. Updated January 2021

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Filmmaker's Guide To Applying For US Coronavirus Federal Relief

A collaboration between Firelight Media, IDA and ITVS, the guide breaks down federal programs passed through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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Navigating US Unemployment Compensation As A Filmmaker

A peer-to-peer resource with common problems faced by independent filmmakers and the best approaches in applying for state unemployment benefits. In addition to the federal law that applies across the country, download state-specific tip sheets for three states with high concentrations of IDA members: California, New York and Illinois.

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COVID-19 Grants Directory

Find one-time emergency assistance grants for qualifying individual artists, freelancers and cultural organizations around the world.

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