On March 12, 2020, Sidewalk made the difficult decision to temporarily close the cinema doors for the safety of its employees and the public. This is a difficult time for not only non-profits and independent cinemas, but also for filmmakers and individuals within the entertainment industry. Below is a list of resources we believe may be beneficial.


Note: We plan to keep this list updated frequently, so check back for updates. Help us if you know of resources not listed here by emailing [email protected].

Petitions to Support the Entertainment Industry

Change.Org Petition – Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry

IATSE – Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in the relief package

Emergency Aid for Nonprofit Organizations Amidst COVID-19


Local/State-Wide/Federal Grant or Other Funding Opportunities

Netflix Announces $100 Million Fund to Help Film and TV Industry Workers

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emergency Funds

Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

Cinema Workers Relief Fund

Artist Relief Fund Tree 

SAG-AFTRA Relief Fund


Temporary Income Opportunities

List Of Remote Work Opportunities

25+ Sites for Finding Remote Work

A List of Resources for Freelancers


Other Resources

Indie Artist Roster 

Ideas for responding to COVID in the film industry

Community Care in the time of Coronavirus

Film Fest Database (tracking postponement and new dates)

Report Lost Income/Artist Relief Funds Spreadsheet


August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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