Visual production considerations in the age of COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 crisis the landscape of visual media production in the world is changing as the industry tries to adapt to the new dynamic. Both governments and private sector players (i.e. associations, digital platforms, unions etc.) are endeavoring to support the continuation of production by introducing adequate health and safety measures.

Since the situation is changing and evolving on an almost daily basis, we recommend regularly reviewing the rules applicable to the jurisdiction you will be producing in.

In order to assist our clients, we recommend the following websites for the countries listed below. We will keep expanding the list so please check back regularly.

Canada
Germany
New Zealand
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Turkey


Canada

Canada has a federal system of government, which means that different levels of government have jurisdiction over specific matters of legislation, taxation and administration. In Canada, any legislation that impacts production will be issued by the local, provincial governments and local city or municipal authorities. The following resources may be useful in reviewing the rules applicable to your circumstances.

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) provides a very helpful list of funding agencies, film commissions and provincial industry associations with links to important COVID-19 updates in relation to resuming production – all in one place.

For more details on provincial re-opening resources, please click here.

In addition, Canada has a 14-day quarantine for anyone (regardless of citizenship) entering Canada under an order made under the Federal Quarantine Act. Click here for more details.

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Germany

We recommend checking the German Producer Alliance (Produzentenallianz) website for COVID-19 related updates for the audiovisual industry (in German).

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New Zealand

The New Zealand Film Commission’s website has a section dedicated to COVID-19 responses.

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Poland

In Poland there is no one place for all COVID-19 measures and restrictions related to the media production industry. However, there are a few websites that are dedicated to film producers and contain special sections with COVID-19 updates:

  • The Polish Film Institute (PISF) – the main public funding body supporting cinematography in Poland – has a dedicated COVID-19 section which includes an English translation of safety rules on film sets provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
  • The Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw (KIPA) - Polish Producers Alliance has a dedicated section (in Polish).
  • The website of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage contains information on possible support for culture and guidance connected to the COVID-19 situation (in Polish).
  • The Polish government runs a dedicated website for COVID-19 with relevant up-to-date information on the situation in Poland and general restrictions.

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Romania

We recommend checking out the news section of the website of the Romanian Film Center (Centrul Național al Cinematografiei) where they publish COVID-19 related measures for the audio-visual production industry. Information is available both in Romanian and in English.

For example, in May 2020, the Romanian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Health issued the Order no. 2879/967/2020 on measures to prevent COVID-19 infection and to ensure safe conditions in the cultural field in Romania. Chapter IV of the document contains the measures and rules for audio-visual production.

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Slovakia

We recommend checking out the news section of the website of the Slovak Film Commission where they publish COVID-19 measures for audio-visual production. Information is available both in Slovak and in English. The latest update from April 24, 2020, can be accessed here. It has to be noted that in Slovakia the course of the disease was relatively mild and most of the measures were repealed at the end of April / beginning of May.

Unfortunately, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund does not translate all the posts on its website into English, so in the following points we have summarized some of the measures it has taken in order to help the audiovisual industry:

  • deferral of loan repayments from the Fund;
  • deferral of payment of the contribution to the Fund for cinema operators;
  • providing a short-term interest-free loan from the Fund, subject to conditions;
  • providing direct financial support to cinemas;
  • abolition of the obligation of distributors to pay a share of the commercial evaluation of supported projects to the Fund.

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Turkey

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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