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Ffilm Cymru has announced a support package for the Welsh film sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Support relevant to filmmakers and production companies includes:

An Emergency Relief Fund for writers, directors and producers that are experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Non-repayable grants of up to £1,500 can be requested.  We expect demand to be high and we may not be able to support everyone, so we will be asking about other potential sources of income. However, we invite you to ask for what you need – regardless of whether or not you have received other income from us through supported applications, or if you are receiving or applying for other third-party sources of funding.

Our Emergency Relief Fund is currently closed.

We have also adapted and increased development support available for creative teams and individuals:

Our increased Horizons Fund is available for individual emerging writers, directors or producers who are yet to make a film budgeted at £1m, with a track record in film or other art forms (e.g. TV, theatre, novel-writing, radio). Applicants do not need to have a project to apply – they can apply for up to £6,000 to support their continued professional development, including costs such as training or mentoring, or they can apply for up to £10,000 to develop a film project. The fund is open now and accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Our accelerated Development Fund for writer, director and producer teams developing their feature film project, aims to provide the equivalent of 12-months of development finance within the first six-months of the financial year. Applicants will be able to include overhead, legal, accounting and other business-related costs, alongside innovation-related costs, such as testing audience demand and exploring IP exploitation. The fund is open now and accepting applications on a rolling basis.

We have also launched our new Change Award loans for Wales-based film production companies. Read all about them here.

Production companies must always ensure the safety of all those who work on their films. The British Film Commission has published guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols.

 

Other Covid-19 Support

Relevant to filmmakers & production companies

Please see Non-Sector Specific Support, which may also be accessible to you, depending on your specific circumstance.

Government has announced a new £500 million scheme to kickstart film and television production struggling to secure insurance for Covid-related costs - find out more here.

The British Film Commission has published guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols for the production of film and high-end TV, as well guidance for Travelling to the UK for work in Film or High-end Television Drama Production During COVID-19: Self-isolation (“Quarantine”) Exemptions.

Guidance for post-production and VFX can be found here.

Creative Wales has published new COVID-19 Guidance for a phased return for the Creative Industries in Wales - read it here.

And Welsh Governent has also published guidance for working in other people’s homes, including film crews - read it here.

BECTU has also published guidance in their Film & TV Recovery Plan.

ScreenSkills are running a series of TV Skills Fund masterclasses on working safely during Covid.

Find out the latest on responsibly handling personal and sensitive data (such as health information), that is compliant with GDPR regulations, here.

Wiggin has published FAQs on Employment and Data Protection for returning productions - read them here.


Industry Helpline
The Film and TV Charity Support Line is open 24/7, helping people in the industry manage issues big and small. Call 0800 054 00 00 or access via live-chat here.

BFI Film Continuation Fund

Creative Wales Emergency TV Development Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Creative Wales Emergency Digital Development Fund(Currently closed, please check back for updates)

S4C Rapid Commissioning Round, Support for the Production Sector, and Online Support Portal

BBC measures to maintain creative health of the independent production sector

BBC Cymru Wales package of support for Wales’ creative sector

ITV development fund for independent sector

Writer's Guild of Great Britain

Equity

PACT, who are currently offering free and full access to their services and resources to all eligible UK indies for six months. Find out more here.

 

Relevant to behind-the-scenes film, TV and cinema workers

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Film & TV Charity Repayable Grants Scheme for Freelancers (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Musician's Union

BECTU.

Relevant to creative professionals working in the not-for-profit sector

While the Arts Council of Wales' Urgent Response Fund for Individuals and Stabilisation Fund for Organisations are currently closed for applications, their Stabilisation Fund for Individuals will open for applications from 29th May with a deadline of 15th June. Find out more here.


 

 

 

 


 

Magnifier

Magnifier - Making the most of your ideas

Our Magnifier approach is designed to help participants identify and build their audiences and revenue streams from the earliest stages of a project’s development.

Read more: Magnifier

Production

Ffilm Cymru Wales supports feature film projects with production and completion funding. We prioritise feature film projects involving a Wales born or based writer, director or producer but we will consider feature films with significant Welsh cultural value or opportunities for Welsh talent.

Read more: Production