COVID-19: Updates + Resources


DCTV is physically closed until further notice, with many programs now online.

As many of you know, we pride ourselves on having a space in NYC – a beautiful brick-and-mortar space that brings people together to learn, engage, and support one another. We also pride ourselves on providing hands-on learning with all equipment, computers, and software included; having filmmakers present their films you may not be able to see otherwise; having youth from across the city jointly create work from their own invaluable unique perspectives. We are trying to adapt all of these wonderful things into an online space, and sincerely appreciate your enthusiasm and patience as we do that. ♡ Here’s our latest:

DCTV Presents:
While we can't currently gather in person, you can stream new documentary films via our Virtual Cinema and support DCTV simultaneously!

DCTV Workshops:
You can continue to learn filmmaking from home! Check out our Online Workshops and Office Hours. To support our community during this time, we are reducing all prices. We are offering Office Hours either for free or suggested donation, and in-depth Workshops at a sliding scale to be able to support our freelance instructors and cover some of our costs. Let us know what other online offerings would be most helpful to you right now by filling out this brief survey:

DCTV Youth Media:
Our youth programs have also pivoted to remote learning: meeting online, participating in special masterclasses, and creating personal video diaries of their lives under quarantine. If you have a NYC student 14-21 years of age in your life, check out our Youth Media programs and have them take part!

Free/Discounted Software:
We have been compiling a growing list of free or discounted software, from open source to limited license periods. Check out these Software Resources!

In addition to our Virtual Cinema, here are some other recommendations:

  • Center for Screen Culture: Themed Playlists
  • Cinereach: Watch at Home
  • Full Frame: 13 Family-Friendly Documentaries To Stream Today
  • Hot Docs 2020 Festival
  • Hyperallergic: Tired of Netflix? Stream Experimental Films and Video Art
  • IDA: Documentaries to Watch for Kids and Teens
  • International Rotterdam Film Festival: Talks & Masterclasses 2020
  • Kate Lain: Cabin Fever: Coping with COVID-19 playlist of online experimental films & videos
  • Netflix Releases 10 Educational Docs on YouTube for Free
  • Sundance Collab: Archive of Classes Currently Free
  • SXSW: 2020 Shorts
  • Women Make Movies: Virtual Film Festival for Women’s History Month

  • Resources:

  • American Documentary: COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund
  • Americans for the Arts: Artist Relief
  • Artists Thrive: COVID-19 Resources
  • COVID-19 & Freelance Artists: Resources
  • Creative Capital: Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Dear Producer: Resources for Artists During Covid-19
  • D-Word: The Doc Industry & COVID
  • Field of Vision: Virtual Mentorship
  • Field of Vision and Topic Studios: Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund
  • Freelance Advocacy Project
  • IDA, Firelight Media, and ITVS: Filmmaker's Guide To Applying For US Coronavirus Federal Relief
  • Kickstarter: Emergency Grants, Freelance Resources, Legal Aid + More
  • NYFA: COVID-19 Resources and Emergency Grants
  • Vera List Center: COVID-19 Resource Toolkit for Artists and our Extended Communities
  • Women Make Movies: Discounts on Digital Site Licenses & On-Demand Rentals and Resources for Artists with Lost or Reduced Wages

  • General:

  • #FlattenTheCurve
  • NYC Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Anything to add? Let us know!
    Last updated at 3:55 PM on May 6, 2020.