As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many challenges still lie ahead for the screen industries. Although the future continues to look uncertain, we are reaffirming our commitment to work with you to find agile ways to move forward, demonstrate resilience and help shape the future.

Across the sector we are thinking differently about business models, acquiring new skills and collaborating in productive ways. Here at SIGN we continue to work on ways to help stabilise, stimulate and champion the screen industries of Yorkshire, the Humber and beyond. We remain fully operational and will be rolling out funding and various targeted programmes and developments over the months ahead. We continue to work with businesses and freelancers, alongside our regional and national partners, to ensure you are well equipped to face the future and can move forward with a sense of defiant optimism. Expect to hear more from us soon as we identify and develop the best ways to help the region’s screen industry sector.

In the meantime, please see some important information and useful advice below from the many organisations that are here to help.

Current Government guidance is that COVID-secure film and television production can continue. See GOV.UK for more information.

The British Film Commission’s Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production guidance is now available to view and download.

Earlier in the Autumn, the Government announced a UK-wide £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get the coronavirus-related insurance they need to get back up and running. The scheme has received state aid clearance and is open for applications. Visit Marsh Commercial’s website for the scheme’s application form and process.

Following the recently announced national restrictions beginning in England on 6th January, the UK Government has confirmed that COVID-secure film and television production can continue in England under the current lockdown.

Productions should always consider whether there are local restrictions in place where they are filming. Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

For more information and useful updated links from a range of organisations, please see below.

Screen industry organisational links (advice on regulations, helplines and information, working protocols)

Bectu – useful information for employees and freelancers
BFI – resources on covid related policy and guidance
Creative Industries Federation – policy, news and updates from across the creative industries, business and freelancers
Film and TV Charity – practical help, including a helpline, and information on financial advice to help freelancers
PACT – covid advice and guidance for indies
ScreenSkills – online training and support for freelancers
UK Screen Alliance – information, news and protocols for VFX, facilities and animation
Ukie – information about a new support and advice network for games

Regional industry organisations

East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership
Game Republic – a network of games development companies across the region
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
Screen Yorkshire – updates on support from the Screen Yorkshire team
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub

General advice and guidance

Federation of Small Businesses – advice and guidance for small businesses
IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) – practical advice for the self employed
Money Saving Expert – coronavirus financial help and rights

Health and wellbeing

Film and TV Charity – 24-hour help helpline and mental health support
Mind – general advice and coping with the pandemic from a mental health perspective
NHS – news on all health, and guidance if at risk