The Film and TV Charity and BFI have set up a new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund with a £1m donation from Netflix. The Fund will provide emergency short-term relief to the many thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.
The Film and TV Charity is currently working on the precise eligibility criteria and level of individual funding but has confirmed it will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. To be the first to hear when the fund launches, applicants should register for the charity 's mailing list here.
Those in immediate and urgent need should apply for support via The Film and TV Charity 's existing hardship fund, offering grants of up to £500 to provide stop-gap support. Details on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. The new Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will sit alongside this hardship fund.
The Film and TV Charity and BFI also recognise the significant mental health pressures arising as a result of COVID-19 and, in line with the charity 's existing Whole Picture Programme for better mental health, are developing new advice specifically tailored for our industry on how to stay mentally well at home and creating a new supportive community forum for freelancers. The Film and TV Charity already provides 24/7 mental health support to the industry, including counselling and legal advice, via the Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 00 00.
The BFI is leading an industry wide Screen Sector Task Force, which Pact is a part of, that is looking at the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 on the whole industry and its workforce, as well as working closely with Government to ensure that all of the ramifications and impacts are considered. The BFI has up-to-date industry advice for freelancers and other areas of the sector here.