On 28th July the Government announced the introduction of a UK-wide £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme.

The Scheme exists to help film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for COVID-related risks to get back into production. It makes direct compensation available to producers that incur costs caused by coronavirus abandonment or delays to eligible pre-existing and new productions.

In March 2021, the Government announced that the Scheme would be extended further. Now, productions that begin filming before 31st October 2021 will be able to submit compensation claims for Coronavirus-related losses including filming delays from illness amongst the cast and crew that occur up to 31st December 2021. Productions will have until March 2022 to submit claims for compensation.

More information and the application forms are available via the Marsh Commercial website here.

Scheme eligibility and guidelines, and a BFI Co-production Split Budget Template can also be found on the same page.

FAQs about the Scheme and how to apply can be found at the bottom of the page on the Marsh Commercial website.

It is essential that applicants complete all supporting documentation in line with the guidelines in order to be assessed. This includes a production budget highlighting any applicable deductions, as well as evidence that efforts have been made to secure cover for Covid-19, but that no such cover is available. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Marsh Commercial's dedicated Restart team:

T: 0333 015 1253
E: restartscheme@marshcommercial.co.uk


Issues and feedback

We are encouraging Pact members to contact us with feedback about their experiences of the Scheme and any issues they have, as we are collating this information and relaying it in our discussions with Government so that we can ensure the Scheme is as beneficial as possible.

Please send your comments to our Business Affairs Executive, Clyde Baehr: clyde@pact.co.uk