Note: For questions regarding specific projects, please reach out directly to the film office.
Last updated: September 4, 2020
June 5, 2020
Guidance for Music, Film and Television Production
Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
March 27, 2020
CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION (CFC) UPDATE & COVID-19 RESOURCES
The CFC is open for business to help the industry deal with project delays and regulations, as well as help industry workers find valuable resources.
While working remotely from home, our staff is fully functioning – providing our regular services while adjusting to the latest industry and government developments. We are also in communication with our many CFC stakeholders.
For helpful information regarding virus prevention, information for employers and employees and all Californians, please visit Covid19.ca.gov.
This is a challenging time for all Coloradans, particularly those in the film, television, and media world as productions are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please visit our Community Support During COVID-19 page for a list of resources.
For more info, please visit: www.coloradofilm.org
During this time, the Office of Film, TV, and Digital Media continues to operate as usual.
For updated info, please visit: portal.ct.gov/DECD/Services/Film-TV-Digital-Media
Please send any questions to:
Ed Ruggiero – Tax Credit Administrator
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Update of DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment operating status during COVID-19 emergency:
Along with the rest of the District Government, our agency remains operational. We are operating on a telework status and have made some modifications to how services are being provided which are listed in the PDF, here.
For more info, please contact: email@example.com
May 22, 2020
The Georgia Film Office posted a “best practices” document to offer some guidance to productions as they consider filming in Georgia. The State of Georgia looks forward to offering a warm welcome and a safe return when productions are ready! To read Georgia’s best practices guide, click here.
April 8, 2020
Entertainment and Film division continues to assist film and television projects in development with location packages and other industry-specific information in our state.
For more info, please visit: www.georgia.org/covid19film
Reminder: GA applications should be submitted when the project is greenlit, fully funded, and opening a production office in Georgia.
Productions recently shut down who have not yet filed, are not yet greenlit, and not yet opening an office, are advised to wait until the appropriate time to file a GA application.
June 3, 2020
These guidelines and best practices are intended for all who are planning, working or participating in filming on public or private property in the City and County of Honolulu (“City”). The current COVID-‐19 pandemic has dramatically curtailed the business activity throughout the City. The film industry is seen as a highly desirous economic activity to restart because of the significant broad-‐based spending that occurs during the filming process and the unique ability manage film industry personnel and mitigate risks with revised and or enhanced safety protocols.
March 23, 2020
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the State of Hawaii is suspending film permits for State locations until further notice. Many of our State and County parks, beaches and facilities are closed. We ask that productions respect these closures in this unprecedented time as we work collaboratively with Federal, State and County agencies in the State to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
For inquiries, you may email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hawaii Film Office staff is working remotely at this time and anticipates responding to emails within 2-3 business days. Thank you and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
June 6, 2020
Dear Illinois Film Community,
On June 22nd Governor Pritzker released plans to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Working with public health officials and business representatives, guidelines were developed to keep workers and customers safe as the economy recovers. All four regions of the state are currently on track to move into Phase 4 on June 26 as the state continues to make significant progress in reducing new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan creates safety guidelines for the following permitted activities and businesses to resume, with capacity rules in place. For Film Production this will means no more than 50% of sound stage or filming location capacity; crowd scenes should be limited to 50 people or fewer. Complete guidelines can be found here.
Since the stay at home order took effect, the Illinois Film Office has been fully operational, to processing tax credit applications and claims, and preparing location packages for future productions. If you would like to apply for our program, you may do so accordingly. Applications will continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis. If you have submitted or will be submitting a credit claim, claims will also continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.
Thank you, be safe and stay healthy.
Director, Illinois Film Office
We’re working with all levels of government to communicate resources for the Arts & Entertainment sector in terms of economic related to COVID-19.
For more info, please visit: www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance/arts-entertainment-resources/arts-entertainment
There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our residents and those who want to vacation or work here. Like the rest of the world, Maine is taking measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are following CDC guidelines. The Maine Film Office takes these measures seriously, and we also want to assure you that we will continue to offer guidance to productions interested in working in Maine in the future. Please know that Maine will be ready to welcome you with the time is right.
For inquiries, please reach out to: email@example.com
Our thoughts are with the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event, and our deep gratitude goes out to the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain COVID-19.
Most importantly, we reiterate the necessity for all in our community to strictly adhere to the CDC guidelines, and the city, state and federal mandates.
Please read through the pertinent information and resources that may be of assistance to you, your employees, and your family.
Send tax incentive questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The physical office of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission may be closed due to a wider closure of State of New Jersey government offices, but WE WILL REMAIN OPERATIVE via phone and e-mail. During this uncertain time, please reach out to us via our e-mail address (email@example.com) and staff members will respond either by e-mail or phone, as required. If your business or livelihood is being impacted by the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus outbreak, please visit the following web site: cv.business.nj.gov
To the Film and Television Community,
Film and television production has been delayed globally due to COVID-19 and we are certainly feeling the effects here in New Mexico. Our film and television industry is a cornerstone of New Mexico’s economy, and we have thousands of people, whose lives and livelihoods are dependent upon, and rooted in production. Though this is an incredibly challenging time, we believe in the power of social distancing and other preventative measures, as ordered by Governor Lujan-Grisham, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to ultimately, save lives.
New Mexico was named the inaugural HotSpot of 2020 by Deadline Hollywood and looking ahead, New Mexico’s future has never looked more bright. We will remain a premier production hub and continue to grow into an even more robust end-to-end production ecosystem.
Along with our world-class crew base, gorgeous locations and competitive incentive, will be ready for you when our world is once again, production-ready.
We look forward to working with you.
Director, New Mexico State Film Office
For updates and more info, please visit: nmfilm.com/covid-19
Reopening New York: Media Production Guidelines for Employers and Employees.
These guidelines apply to media production businesses/activities in regions of New York that have been permitted to reopen. For the purpose of this guidance, “media production activities” encompass all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.
Applications which submitted before the budget passage and are required to move their shooting schedule, will remain at the 30% credit under which they originally applied. This applies even if the schedule is moved beyond the original 180 days from the effective date to first day of principal photography.
No hiatus costs are eligible for the tax credit per statute, but applicants are advised to tag these costs separately from production costs, so that they can be easily identified if there is a change in policy which overrides the statute, at some point in the future.
For more info, please visit: esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-film-tax-credit-program-production
For inquires, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the continuing developments regarding COVID-19 and the desire to restart productions during this uncertain time, the Nevada Film Office continues to work with our industry partners and offers the following guidance:
September 4, 2020
North Carolina is currently open for production and at this time there are no quarantine requirements for those coming from out-of-state.
As of 5 p.m. on September 4, 2020, the state is in Phase 2.5 (of 3) of its re-opening process and face coverings are required to be worn while in public places, both indoors and outdoors. Note that while Phase 2.5 continues to have restrictions on mass gatherings, these restriction do not apply to production sets as gatherings “for work” are exempt per Section 7 of Executive Order 141.
Additional information about the State of North Carolina’s coronavirus efforts can be found on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.
While there are no film-specific guidelines or restrictions for the state regarding COVID-19, the North Carolina Film Office STRONGLY advises productions to follow the guidelines presented by the The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force and additional safety procedures presented by a collaboration of industry labor organizations, which are available below for review (note that these documents may be updated as new information and/or modifications are made):
Your health and safety, as well as that of our employee’s, remains a top priority for the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. Like many agencies around the world, we have been monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, as well as our state leadership’s response to such events transpiring.
At this time, the OF+MO team is continuing to work but will be tele-working and retaining the same daily business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday until further notice. We encourage all correspondence, requests and updated event notifications to be e-mailed to our staff at email@example.com and will be attended to in a timely manner.
Read more at: COVID-19 Update for Oklahoma Film + Music Industries
Gov. Brown has laid out a Three Phase Reopening plan for Oregon. As of August 21, all of the state’s 36 counties are open under either Phase 1 (7 counties) or Phase 2 (29 counties).
Production is welcomed here in the state but all productions will need to adhere to the applicable elements of those general guidelines including social distancing, wearing masks and utilizing appropriate PPE.
Permits are, in general, being issued but most agencies have had a staff reduction during the last few months and therefore permitting may take longer to obtain and/or be issued with additional stipulations or restrictions.
On July 13 Gov. Brown implemented a statewide ban on all indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people. This includes birthday parties, book clubs, and potlucks that take place indoors. The ban does not include churches or businesses. Businesses are being asked to limit the number of individuals in the facility and focus on maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical distance between people. Maintaining 6′ of distance at all times, even while wearing masks, is critical especially when it comes to contact tracing protocols instituted at the county level. Each facility should use its total square footage to determine the maximum number of occupants for the entire facility. This provision applies to film and media production locations, sets and studios. In addition, as of July 22, the maximum indoor capacity limit for all venues is capped at 100 (this includes indoor shooting locations including studios and stages).
We are requesting that all productions here in Oregon have a written Health & Safety Plan that lays out specific procedures and protocols that will not only allow the production to adhere to Gov. Brown’s guidelines, but also help the production keep their cast and crew safe from the COVID-19 virus. This will be a requirement for productions participating in any of our incentive programs. Micro-budgeted projects should contact our office if you don’t feel like you can afford required PPE.
The OMPA has published a set of Production Protocols that has been developed in conjunction with the local production community that can be used by each project for guidance on developing a written H&S policy that all project specific cast, crew and production companies should agree to prior to commencement of production.
In addition the unions/guilds have published “The Safe Way Forward” for on-set safety.
Please ensure you use all of these resources to develop your own set of measures to keep your cast and crew safe.
For updates and more info, please visit: http://oregonfilm.org
Message from Texas Film Commission:
“Productions with active applications in the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program are required to contact the Texas Film Commission via email with written notification that include details pertaining to any official changes, postponements or cancellations to their production schedule, and that includes changes due to COVID-19. Upon receiving written notification, if next steps are necessary an incentives team member will contact applicants directly.”
For more info, please visit: gov.texas.gov/film
Effective 06/03/2020, on-set/on-location media production may operate provided they can comply with state-recommended safety guidelines, as outlined in the Open Texas Checklist for Media Production.
Film offices at the city, county, and state are all working together to identify best practices and resources to help navigate the outbreak of COVID-19 in our region. The regional film industry is seeing productions being rescheduled or canceled, and many filmmakers in our region are concerned about their livelihoods.
For more info, please visit: www.washingtonfilmworks.org
This decision reflects our commitment to employee health and well-being. It is also our intent to proactively sustain service to industry by taking physical distancing measures available and appropriate to our organization’s day-to-day activities.
All financial and administrative functions will continue without disruption and we invite clients to contact staff directly by email or phone with inquiries.
The provincial government has ensured Creative BC’s core funding is secure and regular program streams will continue.
For information about the Government of B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
As part of our COVID-19 response, Ontario Creates staff are working remotely. We are making every effort to maintain business operations, programs and services to our industry stakeholders as much as possible, while doing our part to ensure the health and safety of our employees and stakeholders. We understand the significant impact that COVID-19 response measures are having on Ontario’s creative industries and we thank you for your patience during this challenging time.
- Processing of all cultural media tax credits (OPSTC, OFTTC, OCASE, OIDMTC, OBPTC) is continuing as usual. Please continue to monitor the Online Application Portal for updates and questions on your file from your analyst.
- File reviews will not be held up if the administration fee has not yet been received. As cheques cannot be processed at this time, applicants are requested to register for e-payment here: electronic payment.
- Where electronic payment is not possible and file reviews are complete, Certificates of Eligibility will be issued subject to applicants acknowledging, in writing, their obligation to pay the outstanding administration fee. Subsequent applications (submitted after return to normal business) from the company and their associated companies will not be processed until the outstanding administration fees are paid.
- Refunds of tax credit administration fees will only be available by electronic payment.
- Certificates cannot be picked up at this time. Applicants and CRA will be notified electronically when certificates are issued, including the certificate number for reference. Physical certificates will be available upon return to normal business.
- Applicants are asked to upload video/sample production content for film and television credits or the digital version of a book for the OBPTC, instead of providing physical copies where it is an eligibility requirement. Where this is not possible because of size restrictions (limit of 35-40MB), certificates will not be withheld; the content should be delivered upon return to normal business.
- General Tax Credit enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Film Commission services continue as usual.
- Our physical office is closed, however our Digital Locations Library remains available to users.
- Many productions have postponed filming activities. A list of current projects and their status can be found here: In Production
- Due to restrictions on mass gatherings, municipalities and regions across the province have extended location permit restrictions until the end of June, though this timeline is subject to change. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide regular updates on return-to-work timing, policies and procedures. Please check the Ontario Creates Film Commission site for up to date information: Location Library
- The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Ontario Creates are working with union and government representatives through the Section 21 Health and Safety Committee to assess and adapt the safety guidelines recommended by public health officials for use in production along with best practice guidelines.
- Ontario’s unions and guilds also have useful information on their sites:
The Australian Screen Production Industry released COVID-safe guidelines to help get the industry back to work.
Responding to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, every production will need to draw up its own personalized COVID-Safe production plan that identifies the specific control measures needed to mitigate the risks COVID-19 poses to its personnel, given each production’s location, scale and content.
Read the task force press release here.
Location Austria has taken the necessary measures to guarantee the safety of its employees and ensure the continuity of its activities. Therefore, all our staff is currently working from home. We would like to emphasize that we all remain at your disposal and are looking forward to supporting you during this period!
For all relevant information about measures in Austria and support for your company, feel free to visit ABA-Invest in Austria’s website.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, as of March 20, 2020 the Government of Croatia is implementing extensive measures of social distancing. These measures include banning of public gatherings of more than five individuals. These restrictions are currently limited to 30 days.
At this time filming in Croatia has been suspended and indeed those responsible for productions have put their plans on hold.
Filming in Croatia employees are available for all queries on e-mail email@example.com.
For more information, please visit: http://filmingincroatia.hr/en/news/covid_19_update_production_to_restart_in_croatia
May 7, 2020
This document defines a framework of general recommendations to help eliminate the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection during preparatory work and production of audio-visual works (hereafter AVW) among crew members, performers, and suppliers.
The recommendations are based on resolutions of the Government of the Czech Republic and extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and available epidemiological and hygienic recommendations. They will be continuously updated. Updates will be marked NEW.
While the Czech Republic is on lock down, our staff continues to work – albeit from our homes – and is ready to assist you. The incentive program is still running without interruption, the Czech Film Fund continues to accept registrations for the incentive system, production incentives are being paid without delay. Don’t wait until the borders reopen to apply for registration. Take advantage of the opportunities that the online world offers – virtual village with live streaming, online scouting – you can start making the preparations for your film or series now!
The Czech Republic adapted quickly to the situation and adopted a series of strict rules. Compliance with these rules, along with a health system that’s second to none, give me the conviction that we will be one of the first countries that will soon re-open to foreign filmmakers.
For more information, please visit: https://filmcommission.cz/en/a-message-from-the-czech-film-commissioner/
The DR Film Commission has issued a statement in which we order the suspension of all filming activities, going into effect on March 19 until April 3 (tentatively, as we see how this situation progresses). In the current state of emergency, it is impossible to guarantee that there will be absolute isolation and no contact in an audiovisual project in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19, which generates a risk for cast, crew and service providers.
While the state of emergency is in place, the Dominican Republic Film Commission will not be issuing new filming permits and does not authorize the continuation of any shoots at this moment. We are facing a global health urgency situation, yet following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option. Clearly, this is not a course of action we had hoped to take and we apologize for any disruptions.
For more information, please visit: https://dgcine.gob.do/web/?lang=en
Film Fiji, the country’s film commission, recently announced that they have suspended the processing of new provisional approval for rebate applications in response to directives put in place by respective countries and the wide spread border restrictions resulting from the global pandemic, COVID-19.
While provisional approvals have been halted, Film Fiji continues to work with production companies in facilitating information until such time borders open and international flights recommence.
Additionally, applications for final certificate for Film Tax Rebate already submitted or in the audit process has been placed on hold to assist the Fijian Government prioritise resource allocation for the nation’s immediate needs during this crisis.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries’ borders have closed, making air travel next to impossible, which has significantly impacted productions around the world.
Film Fiji is hopeful that once the effects and transmission of COVID-19 has been mitigated through concerted effort by the global community, it will be able to welcome productions to Fiji, which has seen a continuous healthy growth in productions in recent years, attributed to our unique and pristine locations, aided greatly by an attractive tax rebate.
For more information, please visit: http://film-fiji.com/
Due to the current special situation, the office of the DFFF is closed as a precautionary measure for visitor traffic until further notice. We ask for your understanding for the resulting severe restrictions on business operations. For contacting the DFFF please use the known e-mail address of your contact person and write additionally to firstname.lastname@example.org. The team members can only be reached during a limited time between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm via the known telephone numbers.
For more information, please visit: https://dfff-ffa.de/index.php?en
June 12, 2020
Health protection plan for film shooting during the COVID-19 virus infection:
National Film Institute launched the Emergency Fund to support freelance film industry workers and rescheduled the financing of ongoing projects. The application system is continuously in operation, the 30% tax rebate is constantly available for all productions to be filmed in Hungary.
For more information, please visit: https://nfi.hu/en/news/emergency-measures-to-support-hungarys-screen-industry
Screen Ireland staff in both the Dublin and Galway offices will work remotely until Monday, 20th April or further notice. With a business continuity plan in place, the agency expects day-to-day operations to continue as normal wherever possible.
For COVID-19 Key Questions and Answers, visit: https://www.screenireland.ie/news/covid-19-key-questions-and-answers
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan Launches Initiatives to Communicate while in Confinement
Following confinement rules and restrictions on all movement and gatherings, The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) launched some initiatives that fall within the core of its usual activities and are implemented online. Cinema takes all its value, when films bring us closer at times of social distancing, and open a window to the outside world at times of quarantine.
Read more at: http://www.film.jo/NewsView.aspx?NewsId=226
May 29, 2020
NETHERLANDS COVID-19 PROTOCOL
FOR THE AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR:
COVID-19 outbreak: Support measures by the Netherlands Film Fund
In addition to the extensive, generic measures of the Dutch Government, aimed at the continuity of businesses and self-reliance, the Netherlands Film Fund takes action by responding to acute sector-specific bottlenecks with films or film activities.
Read more at: https://filmcommission.nl/media/filer_public/b4/06/b4061fa1-b0ab-4aec-ae1f-cd098d5fabcf/covid.pdf
The NZFC issues regular advisories to provide updated and clear information to the industry about what the NZFC is putting in place to support people and productions until the pandemic situation is resolved.
Read more about the New Zealand Film Commission’s response at: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/covid-19-response
All staff will continue to work from home until further notice and you will be able to reach us on e-mail and phone as usual. We will try our best to keep the institute going as normal as possible.
For more information, please visit: https://www.nfi.no/eng/news/2020/the-norwegian-film-institute-is-closed-until-further-notice-but-staff-will-work-from-home
According to the recommendation of the Ministry of Modernization of the State and Public Administration, the Portugal Film Commission will adopt, from Monday, March 16th, the modality of teleworking, with closure of its facilities. During this period, however, the PFC remains in full operation, with recourse to the aforementioned remote work.
For more information, please visit: http://www.picportugal.com/en/
This Notice serves to provide guidance on current and future applications for the Film and TV incentive, in order to comply with the measures introduced by Government to curb the spread and impact of the corona virus. It also seeks to assure the industry of government’s commitment and support, without prejudicing prospective and already approved applicants.
Dear International Film Producers,
The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused you to carefully consider if you can come to film in Thailand. We are continuously monitoring the situation, and will do whatever we can to provide you with the latest information.
Since our top priority is everyone’s health and hygiene, we highly recommend anyone who travels to Thailand follow the health and travel advice of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and other relevant authorities.
The Thai government has ordered no larger gatherings, and has closed all entertainment places, universities, cinemas, racecourses, and boxing stadiums in Bangkok from March 18, 2020. Anyone who travels from the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Italy must self-quarantine for 14 days before start shootings.
We will keep you updated on this ever-changing situation.
Thailand Film Office
For more information, please visit: http://thailandfilmoffice.org/main.php?filename=index
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is continuing to have a huge impact on our sector and everyone working in it.
Our 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 program of fiscal support for individuals and businesses.
Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive, issued a message to the industry on Monday 16 March.
Please use the email@example.com email address, as a centralized point for all COVID-19 related inquires.
For more information, please visit: www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update
For additional updates and information, please see AFCI’s Global Production Alert page at: afci.org/global-production-alert/