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Advice and information about COVID-19.

Last updated: 8th July 2020.

For immediate health concerns please see NHS Direct Wales.

Current Welsh Government advice is to:

  • Stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons (to exercise of pick up medicine) or work, but only if it is not reasonably practicable to work from home.  
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.


We understand these are challenging and uncertain times and urge you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific concerns, including gaps in support provisions announced to-date across the UK. We will collate these and feed them into our on-going discussions with BFI, ACW, Welsh Government, broadcasters and others, helping to shape the collective response, advice and support packages.

The British Film Commission has published guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols for the production of film and high-end TV.

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

The UK Cinema Association has published COVID-19 guidance for cinemas - read them here.

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

And Welsh Government has published guidance for organisations and individuals in Wales who manage culture and heritage destinations and venues that are open to the public - read them 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.

 

Ffilm Cymru Support

We have put in place a ‘Pivot Plan’ team here, made up of Board and senior management, who are shaping our response and how we redeploy funds. Importantly this group considers any available data and feedback – from insights from on-line meetings with professionals from across the sector, to rapid research being undertaken by the BFI research unit and line-feedback from colleagues across the UK who are similarly implementing programmes of support.

Funding

Ffilm Cymru has announced a support package worth £530,000 for the Welsh film sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, including:

An Emergency Relief Fund for writers, directors, producers & film education practitioners experiencing financial hardship. The deadline has now passed and we are currently processing payments to eligible applicants. We are also reviewing further support mechanisms for the coming weeks.

An accelerated Development Fund for creative teams developing feature film projects

An increased Horizons Fund to support emerging talent, and additional funds to support business innovation.

Adapted operations to support film exhibitors in these challenging times, including accelerating payments to cinemas to swiftly meet their immediate needs, and advancing funds to film festivals & pop-up providers.

Find out more about our Covid-19 support here.

 

Training, commissions and facilitating shared learning

We have redesigned training and commissioning strands to take them online, including Ffolio (deadline for applications 15th May) and are hosting online meet-ups and sharing resources that may be helpful to filmmakers, exhibitors and film education practitioners.  

We are working on further areas of support, particularly around innovating business practice, developing audiences and exploiting intellectual property more broadly, with details to follow in the coming weeks. We are also working with colleagues across the UK to shape practical approaches to running a production set or venue safely once restrictions start to lift, and how to approach business in relation to insurance.

In the meantime, we appreciate that it might feel as if you are on your own and that progress is slow, but a lot of work is going on behind-the-scenes to try and prepare for a ‘new normal’. Please don’t be alone in this; reach out through the various on-line forums, be inspired by innovative responses, and let’s plan for a brighter future together.

If you have any queries, suggestions or information, especially that which helps us communicate on the ground challenges and opportunities to partners, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This helps us to collate feedback. We will also forward the note to the relevant member of the team to respond as soon as they are able.

The BFI have useful advice and guidance, including a recovery plan for the sector, here.

The Film & TV Charity have launched an online community platform that supports mental wellbeing. It's accessible and free for everyone who works in the industry 24/7 here.

We have also collated the various relevant sector specific and non-sector specific support measures that UK Government, Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales, broadcasters and other organisations are offering, which you will find in each of the Make, See and Learn areas of our website.


Non-Sector Specific Support

The UK Government has announced £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions - read more here.

UK Government has also announced the rate of VAT applied on tourism and hospitality-related activities, including cinemas, will be cut from 20% to 5%. Find out more here.

UK Government support for Businesses, the Self-employed and Sole Traders
Information on tax relief, loans and cash grants.

Read more here.

UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Any business can furlough individuals who were on their payroll on or before the 19th March 2020, covering up to 80% of workers’ salaries, up to £2,500 per employee, per month.  If you were a freelancer, but on payroll - for a production company or cinema, for example – in compliance with these dates, then encourage that contracting company to furlough you.

For employers.

For employees.

The scheme has been extended until the end of October 2020 - find out more here.

And here are further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from Wiggin.


UK Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme
For individuals who are self-employed or a member of a partnership. HMRC will contact you by mid-May if you are eligible and make payments by early June.  Individuals may claim for Universal Credit whilst awaiting a grant, or apply to the Film and TV Charity (if you’re a work behind-the-scenes in film, tv or cinema interest free loan – see below) to help you with cashflow before the income support arrives.

Read more here.

You can check if you are eligible for the UK Government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme here.

 

UK Government's Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Bounce Back Loan scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Read more here.

 

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Read more here.


Welsh Government Support for Business
Grants of £10,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less, and up to £25,000 for businesses with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

The Economic Resilience Fund is currently paused due to high demand. Phase 2 will be open in mid-June, with an update to the micro scheme enabling limited companies who are not VAT registered to access the fund. Find out more here.

Local councils are also offering rate relief for businesses.  Please see your local council’s details.

Read more here.

 

Education

The Welsh Government has set out their current thinking for how they will change the operations of schools and other providers over time in response to COVID-19. Read more here.

Schools in Wales are due to re-open to all years on 29th June. Read more here.