Covid-19 Information for Filmmakers

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.

Please read Watershed’s (our host organisation) official statement regarding temporary closing of building to visitors.

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 closed to the public until early September, 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:

Short Film and Early Development Funding

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.

Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive, official statement to the industry on Monday 16 March.

Please use the covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk 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. 

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