On behalf of the Maine Film Association Board of Directors and staff, we hope that everyone is staying well during these unprecedented times. The lack of certainty when it comes to our collective health and economy, as well as personal wellbeing and livelihood is impacting everyone in our community. We have compiled some resources below we hope will help you during this difficult time.
Be sure to check out the following resources to ensure that you're taking advantage of any and all relief opportunities for you and your business:
- From the Freelancer's Union: What freelancers need to know about the coronavirus
- From NYT's Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Maine Department of Economic Development: Financial Authority of Maine loans (This program is still being developed, but read all about it and get your application ready!)
- From the National Consumer Law Center: Major Consumer Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Maine Arts Commission's Maine Artist Relief Fund
- Creative Portland's Artist Relief Fund (Applicants can reside in Greater Portland–not just the City of Portland)
- Americans for the Arts: Artist Relief – Complete their COVID-19 Impact Survey and apply for relief funding.
Filing for Unemployment
Important Update! Beginning May 1 at 8:00 am, the Maine Department of Labor will be able to accept unemployment assistance applications from self-employed persons who would otherwise not qualify for regular unemployment benefits. Check the links below for more information and to apply for benefits.
Additional Resources for You & Your Family:
- Accessing Assistance through Maine DHHS (for food, healthcare, emergency, childcare, and general assistance)
- Consumers for Affordable Health Care COVID-19 Response: What if I lost my insurance or don't have any? Give them a call at 1-800-965-7476 to learn what you qualify for-- they are happy to help!
Webinars & Distance Learning Resources During the Time of COVID-19
- DOC NYC: "New Strategies for Distribution"
From March 27, 2020. Filmmakers are scrambling for new strategies to connect with distributors and reach audiences as Covid-19 sweeps the globe. This webinar will distill expert guidance to help filmmakers adapt and feel less isolated in this time of change.
- New York Women in Film & Television: "Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World"
From March 31, 2020. COVID-19 has brought into sharp relief the mental health crisis that the documentary community has faced for quite some time. NYWIFT and The D-Word co-host this panel discussion to explore what lessons can be learnt from this pivotal moment to help create a mind-shift in the industry.
- (podcast) Indie Film Hustle: How to Raise Money for Your Film in TODAY’S CRAZY World with Franco Sama
Indie Film Hustle has a string of podcasts on the impacts of coronavirus on the industry. Get listening!
- For some fun – IndieWire: Want to Learn Film in 40 Days Under Quarantine? Mark Cousins Has the Virtual Course for You
Film historian and filmmaker Mark Cousins has put together “40 Days to Learn Film"--more of a visual-essay style, poetic lecture than a typical film course, and has made it available for free on Vimeo.
- Film and Digital Times Archive – now available free of charge. Check out past issues!