Exhibitors are experiencing significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our redesigned Film Exhibitor Fund is now open for applications; find out more and apply here.

To support the sector during these challenging times, Ffilm Cymru are also:

Accelerating payments to venues funded through Ffilm Cymru’s 2019-20 Audience Access fund to meet their immediate needs;

Advancing funds to film festivals and pop-up/community providers funded in 2019-20 against any costs incurred, regardless of whether or not screenings and events were able to proceed as planned;

Providing online spaces for exhibitors to connect, collaborate, share concerns and explore new ways of working;

Sharing examples of innovative responses and resources to remain connected with the sector and audiences.


Welsh Government Cultural Recovery Fund

Organisations in the culture and heritage sector, including independent cinemas, can find out if they are eligible to apply for financial support from the Welsh Government’s £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund here.

From Wednesday 16th September, organisations in the culture and heritage sector can apply for financial support from the Welsh Government’s £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund. Find out more here.

A separate element of the Cultural Recovery Fund, worth £27.5 million, is being delivered through the Arts Council of Wales to support theatres, galleries and mixed arts centres. This fund was launched 17 August 2020 with details available on the Arts Council’s website.

The Welsh Government's online eligibility checker opens Tuesday, 1 September 2020 and organisations will be able to make applications for support from the fund from 14 September 2020. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020.

Please check back for information on further support for individuals, freelancers and compabies working in the creative and arts sector.


Other Covid-19 Related Support

For cinemas, festivals and pop-up screenings

Please see Non-Sector Specific Support, which may also be accessible to you, depending on your specific circumstance.

Welsh Government has published guidance for organisations and individuals in Wales who manage culture and heritage destinations and venues that are open to the public - read them here.

We are working closely with Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales colleagues, and will provide further information on support for independent cinemas as soon as it is available.

The UK Government has announced £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions - read more here.

As part of that, the Welsh Government is investing £53 million to help Wales’ culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic - read more here.

UK Government has also announced the rate of VAT applied on tourism and hospitality-related activities, including cinemas, will be cut from 20% to 5%. Find out more here.

And the new Film & TV Charity Covid-19 Recovery Fund for workers in film, TV and cinema is now live.

The UK Cinema Association has published COVID-19 guidance for cinemas - read them here.

The UK Cinema Association has also published safeguarding guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas - read them here.

Face coverings: Welsh Government guidance on measures to be taken by employers and managers of premises - read it here.

Welsh Government guidance on Keeping records of staff, customers, and visitors: test, trace, protect - read it here.

The UK Cinema Association has worked with the sector skills agency ScreenSkills to develop an online e-learning module and assessment test around COVID-19 for people working in cinema exhibition.

Find out the latest on responsibly handling personal and sensitive data (such as health information), that is compliant with GDPR regulations, here.

The NHS COVID-19 app for Wales and England can be downloaded here. It is additional and complementary to the existing Welsh Government test, trace and protect measures, and businesses, including cinemas, should continue to collect and hold current contact data on their customers (for 21 days from their visit) and employees. We would similarly advise that production companies and education practitioners collect and hold current contact data on their cast, crew and those they work with. 

BFI Film Audience Network Covid-19 Resilience Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Film & TV Charity Repayable Grants Scheme for Freelancers (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

While the Arts Council of Wales' Urgent Response Fund for Individuals and Stabilisation Fund for Organisations are currently closed for applications, their Stabilisation Fund for Individuals will open for applications from 29th May with a deadline of 15th June. Find out more here.

Industry Helpline

The Film and TV Charity Support Line is open 24/7, helping people in the industry manage issues big and small. Call 0800 054 00 00 or access via live-chat here.

Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to promoting a vibrant and dynamic film culture, through increasing access to, and broadening the range of, films available to all audiences across Wales and beyond, including those films of particular Welsh relevance. We remain committed to the development of audiences for film through improved access for all, diversity of choice, and education.