Recommended Sites for Free Media Content


  • Moby created a wealth of free music and a website to host it for students and independent filmmakers. Offering mostly electronic music, you can search by mood, type, instrument, tempo, and/or genre. You will need to set up a free account to get started.

  • Composer Kevin McLeod made a ton of his music freely available for use by students and filmmakers. His musical oeuvre is very eclectic. You can search for a certain kind of sound by checking off different “feels” (i.e. action, aggressive, eerie, humorous, mystical, relaxed etc.). Then you will receive results of songs tagged with those feelings.

  • This is the home of the Internet Archive. Its purpose is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. It includes millions of archived material – text, audio, music, moving images, and software.

  • You can use the YouTube Audio Library to get free music and sound effects and ad-supported music to use in your videos. Click here to check out OML’s learning guide.

  • The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.



  • Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.  Wikimedia uses the same technology as Wikipedia and everyone can edit it.  Unlike media files uploaded to other projects, files uploaded to Wikimedia Commons can be embedded on pages of all Wikimedia projects without the need to separately upload them there. Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use, and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others. To learn more about Wikimedia and how to use their database, click here  

  • The National Archives are curated by the US government. Their mission is to preserve and document government and historical records for public access. The National Archives are a massive reserve of media and information, including historical documents, photographs, and film.

  • Pixabay offers a large database of free stock photos, vectors, and art illustrations for public use. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.

  • The Morguefile images are free for anyone to use in their creative projects, although they are not in the public domain. You are still responsible for the legal content of the images, including model releases and property releases. These images are provided with free usage rights, a relationship in which you can take the image to use, but you cannot claim ownership of the image.

  • On this site, you are able to browse all the videos on Vimeo where members have granted copyright permissions on their videos. You may use these videos as long as you follow the rules of the particular type of license associated with the video.

  • Skip Elsheimer, who is a film collector, started The AV Geeks Film Archive which is a collection of over 24,000 films. He sourced these films over many years from auctions, thrift stores, closets, and dumpsters.

  • Kyle Lyons is the owner of VJ Loops.  On this site, you will be able to find thousands of short loop clips.

  • Users who use Flickr can opt to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. Use this site to search through images under different types of licenses.

  • Google’s advanced image search allows you to search for specific content under the license you need.