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The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund is here

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The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has launched to provide much-needed support to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been hit hardest by the closure of productions across the UK. Created by The Film and TV Charity in close partnership with the BFI, the fund opens for applications supported by initial donations totaling £2.5 million from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content, WarnerMedia and several generous individuals.

The time-limited fund – applications will remain open for two weeks – is being administered by The Film and TV Charity, with support from BFI staff. The Film and TV Charity and the BFI is covering all overheads, enabling donations to go directly to eligible workers and freelancers across film, TV and cinema. One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 will be awarded based on need.

Applications for the one-off grants can be made via The Film and TV Charity’s website.

Read more about the fund here.

A new Repayable Grants Scheme to support freelancers who are waiting for Government support payments will open on Wednesday 15 April. For more information, click here.

 

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Creative Industries Federation’s Summary of Government Financial Support

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The Creative Industries Federation recognizes that there are challenges for the creative industries in accessing government support. The Fed team is in ongoing conversation with the government to ensure that this support better fits the needs of the creative industries. They are offering a breakdown of governmental support which has been announced. However, they caveat this information by particularly pointing to difficulties around accessing the loan scheme and delayed support for freelancers and self-employed.

Read their information summary below:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What is the scheme?
Employers can use the scheme to pay 80% of salaries for employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. HMRC will reimburse 80% of wages, up to £2,500 a month. The scheme covers the cost of wages backdated to 1 March. It is initially open for three months, but will be extended if necessary

Who can use the scheme?
All UK employers with a PAYE scheme can access this – including public sector, local authorities and charities

When can I access the scheme?
The scheme is not yet live. The government expects the first grants to be paid within weeks, and are aiming for before the end of April.

How do I access the scheme?

  1. You must ask your employees to stop working – designate them as “furloughed workers” and notify your employees of this change. Re-negotiation of employee status could be subject to employment law or individual contracts.

  2. Using the online portal, submit information to HMRC about furloughed employees and their earnings.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

What is the scheme?
The scheme will support self-employed people (including sole traders, freelancers, members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme provides a grant to self-employed individuals, worth 80% of their profits up to £2,500 a month. HMRC will use the average profits from tax returns in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 to calculate the size of the grant. If individuals have fewer than three years of returns the average of these will be taken. Open for at least three months, but payments will be available from the start of June at the earliest. Individuals will be able to claim these grants and still do business. 

Who can use the scheme?
You must have lost trading profits due to COVID-19. You are eligible if more than half of your income comes from self-employment and you have profits of less than £50,000. To evidence this, you can reference your trading profits and total income in 2018/19 or your average trading profits and total income across up to the three years between 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. You must have filed a tax return for 2018-19 as self-employed or a member of a trading partnership. For those who have not yet filed for 2018-19, you will have an additional 4 weeks from the announcement to do so. You must have traded in 2019-20, be currently trading at the point of application (or would be except for COVID 19), and intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021.

When can I access the scheme?
Grants are expected to start to be paid at the start of June 2020 (at the earliest). The scheme is anticipated to run for three months initially. Money will be paid straight into individuals’ bank accounts via HMRC in a single lump sum. In the meantime, self-employed individuals have options to defer income tax payments, access universal credit and some will be able to access CBILS loans from the BBB.

How do I access the scheme?

  1. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

  2. HMRC will then pay the grant directly to eligible claimants’ bank account.

  3. For eligible individuals who have not submitted returns for 2018-19, you have 4 weeks’ notice from the date of the announcement to file your returns and therefore become eligible for this scheme.

  4. Further details will be made available from the Government here in due course.

Protection from Eviction for Commercial Tenants

What is this?
Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 will be protected from eviction. No business will automatically forfeit their lease and be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment up until 30 June. This is not a rental holiday – all commercial tenants will still be liable for the rent down the line. 

Who can access this?
All commercial tenants in England, Wale and Northern Ireland are eligible.

How do I access this?
The change will come into force when the Coronavirus Bill receives Royal Assent. No action on behalf of tenants is required.There is the option for the government to extend this period if needed.

Updated information on all Government support packages can be found here.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

What is the scheme?
The scheme will help small and medium sized businesses access loans, overdrafts, finance and asset finance of up to £5m and for up to six years. The government is providing an 80% guarantee for each loan, with no charge for this guarantee. The government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments and lender-levied fees, so you will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments. The scheme will be delivered through commercial lenders (i.e. major banks) backed by the government-owned British Business Bank.

Who can use the scheme?
UK-based businesses with a turnover under £45m a year and a viable borrowing proposal, which explains how the finance will enable your business to trade out of short to medium term difficulty. You must generate 50% of your turnover through trading activity. This is implemented by local authorities, contact your local authority for advice on if you can apply as a charity.

When can I access the scheme?
The scheme is open.

How do I access the scheme?

  1. Speak to your usual provider (full list of lenders here). Go via their website. Because of social distancing, phone lines will be busy and branches may be closed.

  2. Updated information on all Government support packages can be found here. 

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

England

What is the scheme?
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. If your business received a retail discount in the 2019-20 year, you will be rebilled by your local authority as soon as possible.

Who can use the scheme?
You are eligible if your business is based in England and if it is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sectors. This includes businesses wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, for assembly or leisure, as hotels, boarding accommodation or self-catering accommodation, museums and art galleries, nightclubs, sport and leisure facilities, stately homes and historic houses, theatres, tourist attractions, Gyms,  wellness centres, spas, massage parlours, casinos, gambling clubs and bingo halls.

When can I access the scheme?
This will apply to your business rates bill 2020-21. Local authorities may have to reissue your bill and are doing this as soon as possible.

How do I access the scheme?

  1. No action required – local authorities will apply this to your bill.

  2. This will apply to business rates bills for the 2020/2021 tax year. However, local authorities may have to reissue bills. We understand they will do this as soon as possible.

  3. To understand the value of the benefit to your business, visit the government’s business rates calculator. 

Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

England

What is the scheme?
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industry can access a one-off cash grant from their local authority of up to £25,000 per property. If your rateable value is under £15,000, you are eligible for £10,000. If your rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000, you are eligible to £25,000.

Who can use the scheme?
You are eligible if your business is based in England and if it is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sectors. This includes businesses wholly or mainly used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, for assembly or leisure, as hotels, boarding accommodation or self-catering accommodation. Your rateable value must be under £51,000. You must be a business rate payer. Freelancers could access the scheme if you are a sole trader with premises. Charities cannot access this. Updated information on all Government support packages can be found here. 

When can I access the scheme?
Your local authority will be in touch if you are eligible.

How can I access the scheme?
No action required – your local authority will be in touch.

Small Business Grant Funding

England

What is the scheme?
Government is providing additional funding for small businesses which pay little or no business rates because of ongoing small business rate relief, rural rate relief and tapered relief. This will be a one-off grant of £10,000 to meet ongoing business costs. 

Who can use the scheme?
You are eligible if your small business is based in England and already receives small business rate relief or rural rate relief. You must occupy property. Freelancers could access the scheme if you are a sole trader with premises. Charities cannot access this.

When can I access the scheme?
Your local authority will be in touch if you are eligible.

How can I access the scheme?
No action required – your local authority will be in touch.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

What is the scheme?
Small and medium sized businesses can reclaim statutory sick pay for staff sickness due to coronavirus. This refund will cover up to two weeks per eligible employee who has been off work due to coronavirus. Eligible period for the scheme commenced on the 17th March 

Who can use the scheme?
Business based in the UK who are small and medium sized and employ fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020. This scheme does not apply for freelancers. This applies to illnesses of up to 14 days each employee who is sick or self-isolates from day one.

When can I access the scheme?
To be announced.

How can I access the scheme?
Payments will be made through HMRC, most likely through rebates to employees. Further government guidance on this is awaited. The government will work with employers over the coming months to set up the repayment mechanism for employers as soon as possible, although it’s possible that it could be several months until payments reach businesses. Employers should maintain records of staff absences and payments of SSP, but employees will not need to provide a GP fit note. If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website. 

Time to Pay

What is the scheme?
All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible for support with tax. This will be agreed on a case by case basis, tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Who can access the scheme?
You are eligible if you pay tax to UK government and if you have outstanding tax liabilities.

When can I access the scheme?
Now.

How can I access the scheme?
If you’ve missed, or are worried you will miss, a tax payment due to coronavirus, you should contact HMRC. You can call the helpline on 0800 0159 559. For more information on late payments, check with HMRC. 

VAT Deferral

What is the scheme?
Businesses will have VAT payments deferred for 3 months.

Who can access the scheme?
All VAT-registered UK businesses, including freelancers, can access the scheme.

When can I access the scheme?
The deferral applies from 20 March – 30 June 2020

How can I access the scheme?

  1. This is an automatic offer with no application required

  2. You do not need to make VAT payments normally due with VAT returns in this period

  3. Customers who pay by direct debit should cancel their direct debit in good time

Deferral of Self-Assessment Payment

What is the scheme?
The Self-Assessment payment for your tax bill (usually due to HMRC by 31 July 2020) is deferred until January 2021.

Who can access the scheme?
If you are due to pay a Self-Assessment payment by 31 July 2020 you are eligible. This is optional. 

When can I access the scheme?
On 31 July 2020, when it will be deferred.

How can I access the scheme?
Automatic offer, no action required

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

What is the scheme?
Large businesses facing severe disruption to cash flow can purchase short term debt – commercial paper to quickly and cost-effectively raise working capital to page wages and suppliers. The scheme is funded by central bank reserves and will run for a minimum of 12 months, or as long as needed.

Who can access the scheme?
Large businesses who are fundamentally strong but are facing severe disruptions to cash flow. Firms must be able to demonstrate they were in strong financial health before but do not need to have issued commercial paper. Eligible businesses should have a short or long term rating of investment grade as of 1 March 2020, or similar. If you do not have a credit rating, you can ask your bank to make an assessment and then contact CCFFeligibleissuers@bankofengland.co.uk to discuss your potential eligibility. Another potential route to evidencing credit status is for your firm or your bank to get in touch with one of the major credit rating agencies to seek an assessment of credit quality in a form that can be shared with the Bank of England and HM Treasury, noting that you are doing so because you wish to use the CCFF. Firms should be UK incorporated companies, including those with foreign-incorporated parents and with a genuine business in the UK; companies with significant employment in the UK; firms with their headquarters in the UK. Considerations apply if the business generates significant revenues in the UK, serves a large number of customers in the UK or has a number of operating sites in the UK. 

When can I access the scheme?
Now

How can I access the scheme?

  1. Contact your bank

  2. Applications must be made through the Bank of England’s website.

 

Link Summary

You can access this info via these links:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Protection from Eviction for Commercial Tenants
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
Small Business Grant Funding
Statutory Sick Pay Rebate
Time to Pay
VAT Deferral
Deferral of Self-Assessment Payment
COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

 

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Production Guild’s online resources for the screen industry

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In light of recent events, The production Guild have set up a page with links to support members which includes advice, updates, guidance and industry and national institutions that can provide assistance if needed. They also continue to liaise with key partners, stakeholders and the Government to ensure relevant measures are taken and adequate support is available for those affected by Covid -19.

Below is their summary as of April 3rd, 2020. You can find the link with regularly updated information here.

 

Government advice

GOV.UK – You can find all the latest practical advice around COVID-19 on the Government’s website here. (You can also find a summary of government schemes here.)


Industry advice

BFI – The BFI have produced a Q&A which sets out information and guidance they have so far on COVID-19 and its impact on the sector at large – including for freelancers, exhibitors and productions. It signposts resources and support made available by Government and other stakeholders and covers the following topics: General advice and guidance, Freelancers and the self-employed Cinemas, exhibitors and SMEs Read more

Pact – Pact have produced advice around COVID-19 and its potential impact on productions  – read more

BECTU – BECTU have released advice around COVID 19, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts – read more

The Film and TV Charity – is available 24/7 on 0800 054 00 00. It offers emotional support, advice and also support grants if you’re experiencing significant financial difficulties and discuss issues in relation to freelance workers and those on limited hours contracts. Read more


Industry Support funds

COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund – The BFI and Film and TV Charity have set up a new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund with a £1m donation from Netflix UK to support the industry with short-term relief for active workers that are directly affected by the Coronovirus. To be the first to hear when the fund launches, join their mailing list here

Film and TV workers fund for location support – The sole purpose of this fund is to assist members of the locations department who have and will encounter immediate financial difficulties resulting from the unprecedented shutdown of almost all productions in the UK because of the Covid -19 Pandemic Read more

Arts Council England – has pledged £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding. Read more

Creative Scotland 
has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak – a Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund, a parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund and The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development: Read more

The Royal Theatrical Fund – The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support for people of all ages who have worked in the entertainment industry. Read more.


Financial and employment updates

IR35 Tax reforms postponed – Postponement of IR35 tax reforms announced Chief Treasury Secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced that the IR35 tax reforms will be postponed by one year until 6 April 2021. So our activity around the legislation changes will take place later in the year along with the webinar and best practice recommendations. In the meantime if you have any queries please email pg@productionguild.com

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Employment law implications (Wiggin) – An employment law update regarding the implications of COVID-19 has been provided by PG affiliate, Wiggin. This covers sick pay and changes to statutory sick pay, time off for dependents, homeworking, and an update on the delay to 1R35 changes. Members can access the advice on our resources page here.

Coronavirus Relief Measures –  What you need to know (Wiggin) –  these guidelines have been published by PG affiliate Wiggin LLP which members can access on our resources page here.

COVID-19: guidance for employees – read the latest Government advice here.

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) – read the latest Government advice here.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – The CJRS will be open to all UK businesses and will allow employers to reclaim up to 80% of the wage costs of ‘furloughed workers’ (i.e. workers that they can’t afford to pay because of the crisis), up to a cap per worker of £2,500 per month. Read more.


Self Employment

The industry has welcomed new financial support for self-employed workers announced by the Chancellor on Thursday. Those eligible can claim grants worth 80% of their average monthly profits up to £2,500 a month. The support can be backdated to March, but money will not be paid out until June. We’ve found the Martin Lewis video – linked below to be a useful overview of the support available and how to manage your cash flow until these payments are received.

HMRC will be administering the scheme and contact you with information on how to apply, and we will update you with guidance as we get it.

Read the Chancellor’s statement in full.

Watch Martin Lewis’s summary here.

Mental health organisations

Mind – provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. they campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Read more.

Anxiety UK – works to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. Read more

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

The Production Guild have put together a list of charities and organisations which can be found in their mental health resource here.

If you’re currently self isolating, or about to, here is some helpful advice recorded by the BBC.

 

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Disability Arts Online offers commission opportunities

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In light of the unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, which will hit the Disability Arts Online community doubly hard – adversely affecting both disabled people and the self-employed – they outline what measures they’re taking, including a new commissions pot for disabled artists.

These are scary times for people. Not only are people’s health and lives at risk, for many, so are their livelihoods. Even for those not directly affected, social distancing measures means greater isolation. But it’s times like these when your community becomes more important than ever, and we very much feel privileged to be part of such a compassionate, empathetic and caring community. Disability Arts Online is a relatively small organisation, but it is committed to supporting you in every possible way.

New Commissions

  • After a quick finance review, DAO allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to. You can be working in any art form. They can only accept applications from disabled artists based in the UK, though proposals with international collaborators, where a UK disabled artist is the lead are fine. There are three tiers of commissions:
  • Artist Presentations: Give a 30-minute artist talk from the comfort of your own home via Facebook Live and IGTV, then answer questions posted by viewers in the comments section for 15 minutes. Disability Arts Online will provide tech-support and a dry-run to get you up to speed. They will pay you a fee of £200 (up to 10 artists will be selected).
  • Day in the Life Articles: DAO is looking for a series of features that give an insight into the working life of an artist. Your feature could be more process-orientated and take us through a specific creative process. It could refer to a specific day but give an overview of your practice. It could be playful or profound, depending on what feels right to you. You could film or record your day and share aspects of it. How much you do or don’t talk about disability or impairment issues depends on whether or not it feels appropriate to share those with DAO’s audience. Commissioned artists providing a written article are encouraged to record an audio version to increase access. Video versions should include captions. £120 for written articles, £150 for videos (up to 10 artists will be selected).
  • Open commissions (£50 – £500): Pitch an idea for an online event, discussion, performance or exhibition – anything that can take place or be displayed online. These are open commissions so bring your best ideas and suggested costs. Please consider audience access in your application (additional funds will be available to cover these costs). Applications from partnerships or collectives are welcome.

To apply:

Deadline: Monday 6 April.

Email joe@disabilityartsonline.org.uk describing your idea, with a bit of background information about yourself. DAO absolutely welcomes applications in multiple formats including audio, video etc.

From April onwards DAO will also be commissioning content for the website for publication in May and beyond, so writers can pitch to us in the usual way.

Other Covid-19 steps

Spaces for the community to gather: Disability Arts Online has always been a digital space where  community could congregate and meet peers. If you haven’t already, join their 6000+ strong Facebook group, or joinn them on Twitter or Instagram.

Talent development: DAO will offer more free one-to-one Artist Development Sessions via Skype/telephone/Facetime during the crisis. That’s an hour of dedicated time from one of their experienced team on any number of topics. They’ve also continued to deliver our Diverse Critics talent development programme for four aspiring disabled journalists in Scotland remotely, which so far has been a success.

Content: If social distancing or self-isolation is driving you up the wall with boredom, our great content will be continuing unabated. Guest Editorship from the brilliant Sandra Alland is coming up over the next four weeks. You can catch up with the first 10 episodes of the Disability And…Podcast here (or on the podcast platform of your choice), if you haven’t already. Also, some great guests for the Podcast already recorded, including Sarah Gordy on Disability and…Sex, Sandra Alland hosting a conversation about Disability and…LGBTQIA+ & Class issues, Alexandrina Hemsley and Deborah Williams talking Disability and…Race and Birds of Paradise’s Robert Softley Gale on Disability and…the Mainstream.

Events listings: Most in-person events currently in their events listings are likely to be postponed or cancelled. However, it’s still a great place to advertise (free of charge) and discover livestreamed or online events.

 

Source: www.disabilityarts.online

 

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Free Creative Industries Federation Membership for six months

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Here is a message from The Creative Industries Federation Membership, who are offering free membership for six months:

It’s clear that our creativity and problem-solving abilities are going to be substantially affected by the ongoing Coronavirus emergency. This is a rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation, and we’ve been listening carefully to your concerns.

Now, it is more important than ever to connect our sectors and speak with one unified for the creative industries to ensure you and our wider creative community are supported during this difficult period.

We are only as strong as our membership and we need creatives from across the country to join us at this time of crisis for the sector. We are encouraging freelancers and microbusinesses – who will be some of the hardest hit –  to join us as a Creative Industries Federation Member free of charge for the next six months, so we can support you with relevant news and updates whilst you navigate the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency.

Please click here to set up your free, six-month Federation membership. 

MEMBERSHIP IS RIGHT FOR YOU IF…
  • You want to get behind our mission to unlock the power of creativity and realise our country’s potential.

  • You want your work to play an important role in the future of the creative industries.

  • You know that unity is strength and collaboration is the key to change.

 

WHAT YOU GET
  • A chance to sign the Creative Industries Charter. By using our logo, you’ll demonstrate to the people you work with that you’re committed to creative excellence and you protect your interests.

  • Your voice, heard. We advocate for our members at the highest level in government. We protect your interests, rates and rights, and we make sure our sector is at the heart of decision-making.

  • A network of the most inspiring creative talent in the UK. You’ll become a part of the success story that’s powering our economy.

  • A UK-wide programme of events and workshops. You’ll get free or discounted tickets to thought leadership, coaching and networking events – everything from low-key meet-ups to conferences and webinars.

  • A profile boost. Getting you and your work in front of our brilliant network of freelancers, creative businesses and decision makers.

  • Access to talent. Gain a competitive advantage through access to the best creative sector businesses and talent from across the UK

  • Use of our directory and members-only jobs boards. Through exclusive access, you’ll meet even more creative talent.

  • The latest industry insights. We’ll keep you in the loop with news, views and advice from across the sector.

  • Resources for business and personal growth. You’ll have our market-leading content whenever you need it.

  • Access to funding opportunities. Regular updates on new ways to finance your work.

 

Creative Industries Federation memberships normally start from £80. Find out more from our Membership team.

 

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Announced for Film/TV workers

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The BFI and The Film and TV Charity set up a new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund with a £1m donation from Netflix

published 24 March 2020 by filmtvcharity.org.uk

 

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.

Established with a £1m donation from Netflix, the new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund will be administered by The Film and TV Charity with support from the BFI. It will provide emergency short-term relief to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Film and TV Charity, said “The film and TV industry is now facing a huge threat. Many freelancers have seen their livelihoods disappear overnight. We’re entering a period of unprecedented isolation and worry for a workforce that we know from our research already suffers from poor mental health.

“Which is why I’m incredibly pleased that that Netflix and the BFI are working with us to kick-start this new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to support workers across the UK’s film and TV industry.”

Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive said ‘‘Freelance professionals are the backbone of our film and television industries, and we hope that everyone will work together to support those who have been hardest hit at this extraordinary time of need. Netflix’s early commitment to this fund is hugely welcomed and are asking other commercial industry partners to contribute, if they are able, and play their part in helping those most in need get through this crisis.”

Anne Mensah, Vice President, Original Series at Netflix said: “We’re proud to be working with the BFI and The Film and TV Charity to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. From electricians to carpenters, hair and makeup artists to drivers – and many more, UK crews have always been vital to Netflix’s success and now we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times.” 

The Film and TV Charity has supported people working behind the scenes in the film and TV industry for almost 100 years. Founded in the early days of cinema in 1924 with the generosity of entrepreneurs who understood the value of a well-supported workforce in an industry driven by people, the charity has huge experience in distributing hardship funds to those in need.

The Film and TV Charity is currently working on the precise eligibility criteria and level of individual funding but the fund will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. To be the first to hear when the fund launches, applicants should register for the charity’s mailing list.

Those in immediate and urgent need should apply for support via The Film and TV Charity’s existing hardship fund, offering grants of up to £500 to provide stop-gap support. This hardship fund will sit alongside the new Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Details on eligibility and how to apply.

The Film and TV Charity and BFI also recognise the significant mental health pressures arising as a result of COVID-19 and, in line with the charity’s existing Whole Picture Programme for better mental health, are developing new advice specifically tailored for our industry on how to stay mentally well at home and creating a new supportive community forum for freelancers. The Film and TV Charity already provides 24/7 mental health support to the industry, including counselling and legal advice, via the Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 00 00.

The BFI is leading an industry wide Screen Sector Task Force that is looking at the wide-ranging impacts of Covid-19 on the whole industry and its workforce, as well as working closely with Government to ensure that all of the ramifications and impacts are considered. The BFI has up to date industry advice for freelancers and other areas of the sector.

Netflix’s donation is part of a broader announcement last week to set up a $100m fund for creatives whose jobs have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Most of the funds will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on Netflix’s own productions around the world and is in addition to the two week’s pay they already committed to the crew and cast on productions that have been suspended. Netflix’s donation to Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund and to other organisations around the world is to provide emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast across the broader film and television industry in the countries where the entertainment company has a large production base.

 

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Girls In Film Fund – Deadline March 4th

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Girls in Film and Dr. Martens stand by the belief that any woman, anywhere can take on anything, even when faced with knock backs. Read on to hear what they say about their latest film fund.

FOR BOLD FEMALE FILMMAKERS

Being an independent filmmaker means that you get to follow your own path despite the challenges, and we respect that and want to support you. We seek projects that answer the question of what female strength means to you. We’re looking for projects with fleshed out characters, defined storylines and encouraging messaging.

Girls in Film Fund will accept applications from female filmmakers (minimum director & producer have to be female) with films of any genre up to 7 minutes in length. The films can be in any stage of production but have to be able to deliver to our project deadline in  July 2020.

Through this film we want to celebrate the spirit of female independence and resilience. The overarching goal of our granting program is to help ensure that important female stories and their creators are both told and heard.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • We’re providing £5,000 cash grant to 1 selected director or team.
  • Girls in Film & Dr Martens will organise a launch party for the film in August 2020.
  • Applicants must be resident of UK
  • Minimum director and producer must identify as a woman, trans or non binary womxn
  • Must be 18+ to apply
  • The film concept must be a standalone format, episodic or proof of concept are not accepted
  • Scripts & treatments need to reflect the requirements for length of the film and feasibility of delivering the film on the outlined budget and schedule
  • Additional personal finance is accepted but Dr Martens must stay the majority funder and third party funders are not accepted.

 

The Application

‍Each applicant will be asked to submit the following:

Team bio: information on director, producer and any other confirmed key HODs
Treatment: the story and your approach, include synopsis, director’s statement and visual approach with mood board
Itemised budget: give us as much information as possible into how you’re using the money
Schedule / post production schedule: project will be greenlit in March 2020 and need to be delivered by July 2020 – can you deliver on tight deadline?
Past work: submit samples of your past work

FAQs

What are the project deadlines?
The application deadline is 4th March by midnight GMT. No submissions are accepted beyond this deadline.
The shortlisted teams will be notified by 18th March and final winner announced on 25th March after a round of shortlist interviews.

Am I eligible?
‍If you identify as a womxn or non binary and you are based in UK, you are eligible to apply. You don’t have to be citizen of UK but UK citizens based abroad are not eligible this time.

Are men allowed to work on the project? Do all-female teams have an advantage?
‍Men are welcome to work on your projects in positions determined by director and producer. All-female teams are not given preference over other teams.

I’d like to submit my script but I identify as male
‍If you are interested in working on this project as a man, you can find female-identifying director and producer and work with them on your idea. However due to subject matter, stories written from female perspective will be more suitable.

Does the film have to be centered on leading female character?
‍No, the film doesn’t have to be centered on women but it should in some way tell a female story although it can be from point of view of others.

Can the film have other funding?
‍You may supplement the grant using your personal funds as needed but majority sponsorship or funding from third parties is not allowed, Dr Martens remains the majority funder.

Does Dr Martens have to be referenced in the film?
‍While showcasing Dr Martens products is not the objective of the film, competitor product should not be obvious or visible in the final film. If you wish to use it, Dr Martens can provide product for you.

Do I own the rights to my film?
‍You will own all IP rights in your film. However, we require you to grant us permission to use, distribute, or edit the complete film for promotional purposes and distribute them on Girls in Film and Dr Martens channels.

Licenses and releases for the film
‍If there is music in your film, you are required to obtain the rights to use and/or reproduce the music in your film. At a minimum, this will require a license that includes all necessary digital, synchronisation, performance, festival and other necessary usage rights.You are required to receive a model release from all participants appearing in your film. Please avoid filming competitor logos and artwork — you may need their permission to share.

To Apply

All applications have to be submitted via FilmFreeway, after creating an account where you upload your project.  The competition is not searchable through website.
FilmFreeway has some automated submission options and not all of them are necessary to fill – so don’t worry if you don’t have all boxes filled in. Make sure you give us as much information about your project as possible and attach your treatment, budget and rough schedule.
For more terms and conditions, click here.

Source: www.girlsinfilm.net

 

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The Royal Television Society opens 2020 bursary schemes – Deadline June 30th

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The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s forum for television and related media, has launched its bursary scheme for 2020, further expanding opportunities and eligibility for students across the UK. This year’s scheme opened at the start of February and is accepting applications until 30 June 2020.

Available Bursaries

The RTS offers two bursary schemes (the Technology bursary and the TV Production and Journalism bursary) to talented students from low-income backgrounds, intending to pursue a career in television. Eligibility has been extended to include students taking Higher National Diplomas at level 5 or 6 in Television, Film Production, Journalism or other related subjects for the Television Production and Journalism bursary, and for relevant subjects such as Computer Science, Engineering, Maths or Physics for the Technology Bursary.

The number of bursaries offered in 2020 will reach 40 across both schemes, with STV matching its commitment from last year and generously funding 10 further bursaries for the 2020 intake.  All3Media and the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund also contribute to the bursary schemes. To date, the RTS has 162 bursary students and graduates, with the schemes running since 2014.

Former Awardees

Of the three years of production graduates 75% are now in the industry, working with impressive companies and gaining notable credits to progress their careers. RTS Bursary Scheme alum Dean Massey works as a Camera Operator Editor at Sky News covering both foreign and domestic news stories. Some of his recent work includes Trump’s impeachment, the Australian Bush fires and tensions with Iran in the Middle East.

Theresa Wise, Royal Television Society CEO, said: “We continue to be extremely grateful for the support we receive from the industry through their generous funding and the individuals who offer their time as mentors. It is fantastic to see great creative talent such as Dean entering the industry and we look forward to continuing to grow our community of impressive students and graduates in 2020.”

Dean Massey, 2014 Intake Bursary Graduate added: “The RTS bursary scheme provided an invaluable opportunity to meet industry professionals and network. Without the scheme it would have been difficult to afford to do work experience and make the contacts I have today. It was also great to meet so many other students on the RTS bursary scheme, we all keep in contact and help each other out if we can.”

Simon Pitts, CEO of STV, said: “I met the first ten recipients of the STV bursary scheme last year and I was blown away by their enthusiasm, talent and ambition to work in the creative industries.  Expanding this fantastic opportunity to include college students was a no-brainer for us.  There’s so much talent out there and this scheme goes to the heart of STV’s diversity and inclusion aims to improve social mobility, encourage talent and provide real opportunities in areas where we need to reach new audiences to stay relevant. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the successful students at our studios.”

How to Apply

Find out more about the Television Production and Broadcast Journalism bursary and apply here.

Find out more about the Technology bursary and apply here.

The RTS Bursary Scheme submission window will open on the 1st of February 2020 and will close on the 30th of June 2020. 

 

Source: www.advanced-television.com and www.rts.org.uk

 

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Apply for Pitch Pot Funding – Film Hub Midlands

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Film Hub Midlands want to create opportunities for audiences across the Midlands to engage with the widest range of film and in as many places as possible so their Pitch Pots are here to help.

Pitch Pots are available to help support a risk and try something new. Whether you are new to film exhibition and want to put on your first screening or an established cinema or community screen who wants to trial a new type of programming, they want to help audiences in the Midlands engage with the widest range of film in as many places as possible.

This fund is open to exhibitors throughout the year. It will close once the available funds have been awarded. Film Hub Midlands anticipate awards up to £2,000.

Download the guidelines, and Apply Now (Google Forms).

You must be a member of Film Hub Midlands to receive support, you can register now.

Past Projects

Northampton Film Festival

Northampton Film Festival 2019: Coming of Age is a pilot film festival from social enterprise film company Screen Northants. Including a committee of local young people in charge of coming up with the festival’s theme and format. Find out more

The Big Fast

Victoria Park Productions in collaboration with Birmingham Central Mosque, on Eid in 2018 held screening events headlined by the documentary “The Big Fast”. Capturing a diverse range of Muslims fasting within the Midlands. Find out more

Indie Lincs 2019

Indie-Lincs is a ’boutique’ film festival that champions low and micro budget films, and their filmmakers in Lincoln. Find out more

Read more about supported Pitch Pots

 

Source: filmhubmidlands.org
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Apply for a Film Hub Midlands Bursary

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Film Hub Midlands members can apply for bursaries for travel and attendance at training and conferences.

The bursary scheme is designed to enable staff and volunteers of member organisations to enhance their professional development for the benefit of themselves, their organisation and the wider Hub network, with the ultimate aim of broadening audiences and boosting audience choice.

We offer up to £500.00 per bursary. As this is a rolling fund there is no deadline to apply, but you are advised to apply in four weeks advance of any event.Read our guidelines below and apply now, please ensure your organisation is a member of Film hub Midlands prior to applying. More info here.

Download Bursary guidelines here.
Source: www.filmhubmidlands.org

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