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Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee report: The impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries

Ffilm Cymru Wales welcomes the publication of the Welsh Parliament’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee report on the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industries.

Commenting on the committee’s recommendations to Welsh Government, our Chief Executive Pauline Burt explained that “it is vitally important that Treasury is able to work with the insurance sector to remove Covid-19 related exclusions, to enable independent film and tv production to resume and securing jobs in the process. We therefore welcome the call on Welsh Government to work with UK Government on this matter, as well as to explore ways of financially supporting workers in the creative industries, including many who have not been able to access existing support schemes."

The sector has worked hard to develop safeguarding measures both for workers and for the public when they return to cinemas from later this month. Pauline endorsed the Culture Committee’s call for Welsh Government “to apply all of the £59million allocated by UK Government as part of an arts recovery package, to the arts.”

This support is much needed, with independent cinemas across Wales facing real difficulties after months of enforced closure and on-going reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. These cinemas are valued by communities and often at the heart of mixed arts venues.

Ffilm Cymru also firmly agrees with the committee’s emphasis on ensuring that support and recovery  measures advance a diverse and inclusive sector representative of everyone in Wales. Pauline adds that “we have to build back better and that means being diverse and inclusive at every level – structurally, systematically and in terms of access to finance."

Ffilm Cymru will continue to work closely  and at pace with Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales, BFI and a broad array of partner organisations, creative and community-based companies and filmmakers to continue to develop further support mechanisms and prepare the sector for a better future.

Read the report here.