In light of constantly changing regulations for filmmaking around COVID-19, our BFI NETWORK South West team want to reassure you that we will still be active during this time.
We wanted to highlight that our BFI NETWORK Talent Executives will be responding to enquiries as usual and can be contacted on email. We cannot offer any professional advice directly in regards to COVID-19, but please do follow the resource links below, which we will keep updated as the situation develops. Watershed is now open to the public, and our BFI NETWORK team are working remotely during this time.
Events & Training Opportunities
We currently have the following opportunities available as part of the BFI NETWORK South West:
Covid-19 Production Guidance
ScreenSkills are offering a Coronavirus basic awareness on production short online course.
First Option also have an online course on Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions which requires a fee.
The Film and TV Charity
For those working as freelancers and finding this time challenging, The Film and TV Charity have useful and considerate support, guides, and resources. The charity is focusing support on financial concerns, workplace bullying, family issues, legal queries,career coaching, and mental wellbeing.
The Film and TV charity are trained for quick and discreet advice, you can access their 24 hour support line on 0800 054 0000 to ask for professional advice.
British Film Institute (BFI)
BFI’s COVID-19 Screen Sector Q&A sets out the information and guidance we have so far on COVID-19 and its impact on the sector at large. It also signposts to the government’s significant programme of financial support for individuals and businesses.
Please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, as a centralised point for all COVID-19 related enquires
Useful Links & Resources
The Advertising Producers Association guidelines are excellent and comprehensive. They are up to date to February 2021.
Screenskills are offering free masterclasses and training. It includes sessions with commissioners from each genre from C4, C5, BBC, Sky, UKTV and Amazon, as well as other remote learning opportunities, at no cost.
COVID-19 advice for BECTU members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts.
We’ll regularly update this page with any new information, keep safe and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
This guide takes you through some useful information that considers how to minimise the environmental impact of your activity, no matter the size of your shoot.
Find out more about booking a 1:1 meeting with our South West Talent Executives, Alix Taylor-Searle and Alice Cabanas.