Note: For questions regarding specific projects, please reach out directly to the film office.
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.
TAX CREDIT PROGRAM
Force Majeure Provision to Address Timeline Requirements
The impact of COVID-19 on tax credit productions is considered a force majeure situation. Approved tax credit applicants impacted by the pandemic in a way that affects their ability to satisfy timeline requirements are eligible to submit a force majeure request.
According to the tax credit program statute, “Force Majeure” means an event or series of events, which are not under the control of the qualified tax payer. Examples include death, disability or breach by the motion picture director or principal cast member, an act of God, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster, terrorist activities or government sanction.
Once a force majeure submission is deemed valid, the CFC will effectively stop the clock on the timeline requirements and resume them at such time as productions can recommence filming operations. When authorities declare resumption of non-essential activities, the CFC will issue a notice for tax credit productions to assess their timelines and contact the CFC within four (4) weeks. If approved productions fail to contact the CFC within that four-week period, the CFC will assume the production is not moving forward and will remove project from the queue. Qualified expenditures will continue to qualify during the force majeure period, assuming a credit allocation letter (CAL) has already been issued.
Program 3.0 Tax Credit Program Application Periods
Due to the Coronavirus situation, tax credit program allocation period dates for the next iteration of the tax credit program are currently pending.
FILM PERMITS FOR PRODUCTION ON STATE-OWNED PROPERTY
Most California jurisdictions have suspended issuing film permits. Others are evaluating permit requests on a case-by-case basis while adhering to Governor Newsom’s guidelines prohibiting any gathering of more than 10 people.
In general, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-essential activity, including filming. Other State buildings and facilities are closed to filming as well. The California Department of Recreation and Parks is not allowing any gatherings at state parks, including filming, of more than 10 people, and their parking lots are closed. Caltrans will consider applications on a case-by-case basis that follow each district’s guidelines as well as the Governor’s size and social distancing directives.
For information on a specific jurisdiction within the state, please check our list of regional film offices at:
http://film.ca.gov/locations/regional-film-offices/ (includes relevant contact information).
For questions about the issuance or suspension of film permits on State-owned and operated properties, contact Permit Team Manager Eric Klosterman at firstname.lastname@example.org (323-817-4105).
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY RESOURCES
Motion Picture Television Fund
Financial assistance, support services & community resources
The Actors Fund
Entertainment Assistance Program
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund
List of Unions & Guilds,
several of which are developing plans to help their members
The Directors Guild Foundation
Providing interest-free loans to members in need
The IATSE National Benefit Fund
Allowing annuity hardship withdrawals
Writers Guild of America
Resources for WGA members
American Federation of Musicians Local 47 (Los Angeles)
Emergency Relief Fund
Can apply for small grants
Music Fund of Los Angeles Emergency Relief Fund
Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP)
The Animation Guild – IATSE Local 839
Covid-19 resource page
For support staffers, #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) and YEA!
have teamed to create the Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund
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.
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.
Dear Illinois Film Community,
We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and abiding by the guidelines provided to us from Governor Pritzker, as well as the Center for Disease Control. We realize this health situation has had a great impact on filmmaking in Illinois.
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the staff, all Illinois Film Office employees will be working from home. However, you can reach us via email at Film@Illinois.gov.
The Illinois Production Tax Credit Incentive program is 100% up and running. 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.
Has COVID-19 affected your employment? If you have been laid off or had to close your business due to the pandemic, please visit www.illinoisworknet.com to learn about how the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may be able to assist with your business and individual needs.We will continue to provide news and updates via our website and social media platforms.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
Governor Cuomo has put NY State on PAUSE: All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and everyone is required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public.
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:
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
Oregon Film is closely monitoring the current situation regarding the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID19). We are communicating with producers, companies and studios alike and we are working with stakeholders such as the OMPA and the Northwest Film Center to provide updates to the community.
We know that several productions have already delayed or cancelled their shoots here in light of the recommendations from both the state and the CDC and that this is directly impacting everyone working throughout our industry.
We will work with the Governor’s office, state and federal representatives and all of our partners and community members in the industry to ensure that productions and companies that have been impacted or postponed can hit the ground running once this difficult time passes.
For updates and more info, please visit: oregonconfluence.com/2020/03/12/oregon-film-production-and-covid19
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
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
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
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/
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/