Resources During COVID-19

Published On: April 10, 2020 |
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These resources will be continually updated as we find new information and tools that may be valuable to our community during this time. Last updated July 13, 2021. Feel free to reach out if you have any suggestions.

For more information about the steps BAVC Media is taking to stop the spread in our physical space you can read our Facility Policy and our SF Commons reopening plan.

General Coronavirus Health and Financial Resources

Coronavirus Update: Legal Information for Workers

From the Legal Aid Network

What’s Happening? (Media & Public Health Info)

Includes sections: Why People Are Concerned, Public Health Recommendations (incl. multilingual), Social Justice Framework: Root Causes, Unequal Impact & What People Are Doing About It, Fact-Checking & Stopping Misinformation, and Scientific Information

Coronavirus Resource Kit

Includes emergency contacts, resources for guardians, community care, tech resources, local resources by state, resources for artists, virtual gatherings, grants, teaching tools, financial assistance resources, government advocacy resources, petitions, and more.

Get Online During the Outbreak

Some Internet providers are offering low cost Internet services for residents.

Relief Funds For Undocumented Workers in California (Legal Aid at Work)

Updated weekly.

Nonprofit Resources List: #NPCOVID19

“In a social phase in which thinking about one’s garden has become the rule, the virus sends us a clear message: the only way out is reciprocity, the sense of belonging, the community, the feeling of being part of something greater to take care of us and that can take care of us.  The shared responsibility, the feeling that your fates depends on not only yours but on everyone around you.  And that you depend on them.”  – Francesca Morelli

A real-time resource for Covid-19 news, advice, and commentary

Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

An extensive list of mental health resources and information.


Anti-Racism Resources

For our non-Black community members. Now is the time to educate yourself and others and to take action.

Anti-Racism Resouces Document

Intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work. Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

Teaching Tolerance

Free social justice and anti-bias resources for classrooms, teachers, administrators, counselors, and anyone who works with K-12 students and young people

Resources & Tools Regarding Racism & Anti/Blackness & How to be a Better Ally

A deep list of articles, compilations, petitions, media suggestions, and more. Put together by Tatum Dorrell, Matthew Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell.

Template For Holding Your Employer Accountable For Racial Justice

A template to support you in being intentional about holding yourself and other white people in your company accountable for racial justice. Part of Rachel Cargle’s Great Unlearn.

New York Times Anti-Racism Reading List

“To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books.”

Free Racialized Trauma 5-Day eCourse

Created by Resmaa Menakem who has also gathered this resource list.

Anti-Racist Resource Collection

Tools, worksheets, workbooks, and further reading

Black Revolutionary Texts

A Google Drive full of vital works by seminal Black writers and thinkers. Be your own college professor! Assign yourself and your friends some readings. Mark them up and discuss them.

Archives for Black Lives – Resources for Allies

They’ve also collected some suggested readings in their Statement of Principals here.

A Compilation of Anti-Racism Resources For White & Non Black Musicians

Featuring podcasts, books, and action items.

Educate Yourself

Resources from Black Lives Matter. More here.

How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality

Many things you can do to safely support protests right now. Last update in early July.


Mutual Aid – Bay Area & Nationwide

“Mutual aid centers around the idea that we should all share with each other reciprocally and that we can help meet one another’s needs in a self-directed, grassroots way, rather than relying exclusively on top-down government solutions that may come too slowly, or fail to offer adequate support to the most vulnerable people.” – Vox

Mutual Aid Pandemic and Disaster Relief

This is an incredible collection of resources (DIY, health, strikes) and as close to a master list of Mutual Aid groups around the world as exists. Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19!

SF Bay Area/Nationwide COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources List

A nearly comprehensive list of where to get help from your neighbors and where to lend support in the greater Bay Area, including aid for elders, houseless folks, and people with disabilities, plus other resources. Many incredible grassroots efforts here.

Large (Inter)national Resource Compilations – COVID-19 MUTUAL AID & ADVOCACY RESOURCES

A US-based resource for people looking out for themselves and their communities through personal preparation, collective care, mutual aid and advocacy

Database of Localized Resources During COVID 19 Outbreak (spreadsheet)

Tabs include Kids/Teens, How To/Best Practices, Trans/Queer Support, Elder Support, Healthcare Providers Support, From Funders for Funders, Messaging, and more.

Oakland at Risk

Sign up to be matched with an elder or immunocompromised neighbor who could use your help over the next several weeks.

SF Community Support

A collective grassroots effort coordinating safe volunteer opportunities to meet the pressing needs in our neighborhoods.

Arthouse Convergence COVID-19 Preparedness Resources

Tools for bringing cinema and other arts programming online along with advocacy resources and more.

Autonomous Groups Are Mobilizing Mutual Aid Initiatives To Combat The Coronavirus

Scroll down to the bottom for links and resources

COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field

Collected by Common Field

Emergency Funds – All Art Forms

Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines

Emergency Funds Available For Artists

Includes list of funds for hospitality and service industry workers

COVID-19 Resource Toolkit for Artists and our Extended Communities

Includes learning resources, teaching tools, grants and community care.

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

From Creative Capital. Also check out their list of arts events that have moved online.


Resources for Filmmakers and Artists

Native American Media Alliance COVID-19 Relief Fund

Native American writers, directors, actors and all above the line and below the line workers in the entertainment industry who have experienced loss of employment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for grants of $2,000 awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until the program funds have been depleted.

Minnesota Street Project – California Black Voices Project & Grants for Arts Equity

Additional grantmaking programs to be announced later this year.

East Bay Fund for Artists

The East Bay Community Foundation will be awarding grants of $1,000-$16,000 for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists.

Artist Relief

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.

BOMB Quarterly Roundup of Fellowships, Residencies, and Prizes

The BOMB editors have compiled a list of open applications for the 2020–21 calendar year including funding opportunities, remote residencies, and residencies designed by and for BIPOC.

Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists grants program

For applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts. Please check back in May 2021 for information about the next application period!

Field of Visions Documentary Filmmaker Support Guide

A living document including Field of Vision’s own Mentorship, Consultation Services, Project Funding, and Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund as well as other information and resources.

COVID-19 Resources for the Creative Community

Compiled by Phlearn. Includes many grants and other resources such as software and legal resources.

Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Fund

Many of the region’s arts service organizations united to establish a transparent and efficient system that can equitably disperse funds to Bay Area arts workers in need.

New York Women in Film and Television Emergency Resource Directory

Grants, loans, financial, and urgent needs programs as well as advocacy resources, business and strategy resources, personal and creative resources, resources for non-profits, and more.

Webinar (recording): Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World

Also from New York Women In Film and Television.

Digital Impact Screenings Resource Guide from Together Films

After reviewing available options for digital screenings engagement they are sharing what they’ve learned with you. This event has passed but you can replay the recording. Also check out their Digital Perspectives series.

Resource Guide For Filmmakers and Creatives During COVID-19 Crisis

From NY Media Center. Good stuff in here for this time of crists and all the time.


From Art Practical

Sundance Co//lab

Webinars, Q&As, and masterclasses, previously available only to paid members, our now online for anyone who is interested, at no cost. Also check out their video library and curated resources. You can read Sundance’s full COVID-19 statement here.

The D-Word (Evergreen)

Hosting discussions about the art, craft, business and social impact of documentary film.

Entertainment Industry Resources from the Television Academy

A great list of resources for media professionals and everyone.

Talks & Masterclasses from the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam (Evergreen)

A Youtube playlist

Film Career Advice (Evergreen)

15 handy videos from Raindance, with tips ranging from writing your CV to pitching your film. Also check out their series of Production Tips.

Raise Karma Remote Artist Residency

A 3-month virtual program where creatives are provided guidance and resources to produce live content, which is aired on a collective streaming platform.

Creative Change COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Stipends for Artists & Cultural Strategists

Thanks to the generosity of the Pop Culture Collaborative, The Opportunity Agenda is able to provide emergency assistance stipends for artists and cultural strategists.

Applying for Federal COVID-19 Relief as a Filmmaker

Webinar Recordings, Related Resources and FAQ

Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus

A compilation of regional funds from KQED Arts here in San Francisco. Last updated in May.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center

Continually updated  by Americans for the Arts

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts

For currently unemployed full-time residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The Documentary Impact Producer Relief Fund

Closed for 2020

Resources for Youth

COVID-19 Resources for Students

Includes resources for housing, storage, travel, internet, food, healthcare, resources for undocumented students, resources to support workers, and more.

BAVC Media Youth Programs on Instagram

Check out our saved stories an archive of the resources we’ve shared.

Stay Creative with Reel Stories Daily Online Programming

Film and media related learning opportunities every day!

No Campus? No Problem. Online Learning Tips.

For and by teens from YR Media.

Quarantine Streaming, Cooking, Reading, & Creating

Resources for spending time in isolation.

aflamuna (our films)

An initiative launched by a group of arab filmmakers and film institutions, curating some of the best, most thought-provoking and independently-minded works of contemporary Arab cinema to enjoy for free for a limited time. A new issue is released (at least) every 15 days.

SXSW Shorts

A fun and easy to use goldmine of current short films. Presented by MailChimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories.


Boundary-pushing short films and more streaming live every Sunday. Check here for the upcoming schedule.

20 Queer Comics to Sink Into in Quarantine

A wealth of comic book recommendations from queer illustrators. Also checkout Themfest, an ongoing virtual music and arts festival.

Northwest Film Forum

Sliding-scale pay-what-you-can screenings, workshops, and more!

The Way We Get By: Sandi Tan on Comfort Movies, Socialist Realism and Bruce Conner

The novelist and Shirkers director on the books and movies she’s relying on to get through coronavirus lockdown.

Tribeca Film Festival

Select 2020 Festival programming will now be online.


Archive of videos from the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival including talks, conference recordings, debates, and more. Also see – films streaming internationally right now.


Free online platform for new independent films (mostly shorts). Here’s how to watch NoBudge on your TV.

Zia Anger Performs “My First Film” Online For Audiences of 60

Watch her Twitter for a chance to participate. You can read an interview with Zia about the process here.

Miranda July’s COVID International Arts Festival on Instagram

Check back for new additions (among the regular flow of miny performance art pieces on her feed).

Budget Bytes

Delicious recipes on small budgets

Sky Hopinka’s Short Films

Streaming and available for anyone to watch

The VHS Vault

A virtual mountain of videotapes.

Virtual Cinema with the Roxie

Watch new independent releases at home.

Portland International Film Festival Programmer Streaming Recommendations

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else tells you what to watch tonight.

Unexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine

Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status.

50 Documentaries You Need To See

10 contemporary nonfiction filmmakers choose their own favorites. Features picks from Molly Dineen, Khalo Matabane, Franny Armstrong, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, James Marsh, Kim Longinotto, Alex Gibney, Lucy Walker, and Joshua Oppenheimer.


Remote Working, Remote Learning, Remote Fun

Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities

Remote Learning Toolkit

Resources for preparing for School Year 2020-21

9 Airtable templates for a smooth transition to remote work

Transitioning key workflows for a remote-first world.

How to volunteer your time Safely and Remotely

From VolunteerMatch. Also check out their database of COVID-19 volunteer opportunities.

Online Collaboration: Tools and Practices You Can Use Today

A video in a series from the Institute for the Future.

How to Cook With Your Friends in Self Isolation

Part of the COVID-19 Cooking series “There’s No Better Time To…”

Online Collaboration Tools

PDF Compiled by Community At Work Colleagues & Staff in March 2020

5 Steps to Stay Focused When Teaching Online

From Harvard Business Publishing

Five Money Housekeeping Tasks to Knock out if You’ve Got Extra Time

Also, guides on socially responsible divesting/investing, and a blog full of personal finance tips and strategies for hacking capitalism.

20 Skills to Help You Manage Your Money in Your 20s

Advice for building healthy financial habits now, so that you’ll benefit later.


Quarantine Self Care

55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color

Organizations, directories, resources, and podcasts for Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx folks. See also the

60 Digital Resources for Mental Health

Information, hotlines, and more.

11 Self-Care Tips, According to Expert Queer Healers

Through interviews with over a dozen expert queer healers — including traditional psychologists, sex therapists, personal trainers, reiki masters and hypnotists — has compiled a guide for self-care during these scary times.

What I Wish I Did: A Guide to Getting through COVID-19 Alone

“There’s a lot out there about how to avoid getting infected, but no one told me what to do once it happened.”

Nonnormative Body Club’s Home Workout Database

A list of anti-oppressive virtual fitness resources created by People of Color, trans, fat, and disabled trainers. Most offerings are sliding scale or donation based.

Workout Videos from the Corner Studio

BAVC Media’s neighbor just downstairs, The Corner Studio, has uploaded many free workouts to Facebook for anyone to use at home while social distancing. If you enjoy what they’re providing you can donate to support the instructors.

7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now


Coronavirus Reporting, Writing, and More

Sheltering in Place: The Independent Film Community Faces the Coronavirus Shutdown

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

N+1 Essays on COVID-19

The Festival Fallout from COVID-19: A Filmmaking Team Weighs In