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Advice and information about COVID-19.

Last updated: 19th May 2020.

For immediate health concerns please see NHS Direct Wales.

Current Welsh Government advice is to stay at home, only going outside for food, exercise once a day or work. The position remains that people should continue working from home if they are able to do so. Businesses that are open should take all reasonable measures to ensure physical distancing between people.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


Welsh Government Business Grants & Economic Resilience Fund
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 includes grants of £10,000 for VAT registered or VAT exempt micro-businesses with 1-9 employees, with a turnover greater than £85,000.

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

Read more here.