COVID-19 Industry Impact & Advice

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We know from our contact with location managers, freelance crew and Film Offices partners, that COVID-19 is having a very serious and immediate impact on productions across the country. We are working very closely with the BFI, colleagues in the Creative Industries Federation and the wider sector to make sure these challenges are fed directly into government planning and policy development to ensure that government puts in place the measures needed to support our industry during this time of crisis.

We remain on hand to support production and infrastructure throughout this challenging and unprecedented time. We will be closely monitoring the constant updates on guidance issued by the government and the wider sector.

We have collated current advice for our fantastic freelance film & TV crew community in England who are affected by COVID-19 and its fallout

COVID-19 FILM AND TV RELIEF FUND

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix, to help support the creative community, which has been devastated by the pandemic.

How to apply – https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/covid-19-help-advice/covid-19-relief-fund/

Applications close WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL

UK GOVERNMENT

HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559

Universal Credit – www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus

BFI

For the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 and screen sector Q&A on impact on the sector at large – www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

SCREEN SKILLS

ScreenSkills is dedicated to helping the UK screen workforce during these challenging times by continuing to develop skills:

www.screenskills.com/insight/news/supporting-our-workforce-during-the-covid-19-crisis

THE FILM & TV CHARITY

For anyone seeking immediate financial assistance and/or mental health support then we urge you to contact 24/7 helpline on 0800 054 0000 – free support given day and night.

Financial Support: www.filmtvcharity.org.uk/we-can-help/financial-support

24 Hour Support: www.filmtvcharity.org.uk/we-can-help/support-line

The Film & TV Charity have also announced a new Repayable Grant Scheme to support those who are waiting for Government support payments & will open for application on April 15th – for more information click here

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FEDERATION

www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/covid-19-guidance-sector

The Creative Industries Federation is offering 6 months free membership for all of the UK’s self-employed creative freelancers to join their network and receive the latest news and information on how COVID-19 is affecting the sector & provide support during this time of crisis: www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/news/free-federation-membership-six-months