COVID-19 Information for the North's screen sector

See the latest updates on COVID-19, our work and film in the North. 

Updated 4pm, 24 March

COVID-19 is causing uncertainty within the UK screen sector and beyond. Film Hub North is working with industry colleagues to support our Members and funded filmmakers in this difficult time. See below for updates on the current situation and useful resources for those in the screen sector.

What's changed at Film Hub North

Getting in touch - Due to office closures, the Hub team have moved to remote working. In the first instance, please reach out to your usual contact via email. For general enquiries, exhibitors should contact info@filmhubnorth.org.uk and filmmakers should contact bfinetwork@filmhubnorth.org.uk.

Ongoing funded projects - Projects already funded by the Hub will be affected by COVID-19. We are in the process of reaching out to the lead contacts for all ongoing projects to discuss their needs as plans change. We will be as flexible as possible in supporting our partners through their contingency measures. If you are leading a Hub funded project and haven't heard from us, please get in touch.

New exhibition funding applications - The Hub has temporarily suspended all applications for exhibition funds and is not able to assess applications received until further notice. We appreciate this will be disappointing news, but hope our Members understand that the current uncertainty in the exhibition sector means we cannot commit to projects that are due to take place in the coming months. We will continue to work with the BFI to assess how Film Hub North can best support the region's exhibitors. Updates will be  provided when we have new information. If you have concerns about this or were planning an application in the near future, please let us know.

Events - The upcoming Northern Exposure: Industry Day has been postponed. We will revisit our event schedule when it is viable to do so.

What hasn't changed at Film Hub North

Supporting film culture in the North - The Hub remains committed to helping exhibitors and filmmakers across the region, and our team is still here to answer your queries. Get in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Resources - rolling updates

BFI - As the lead organisation for film in the UK, the BFI have established a Screen Sector Taskforce to coordinate the sector's conversation with Government and discuss potential mitigations. The BFI's COVID-19 advice page features sector updates and information on a dedicated email contact that has been set up to collate responses from screen practitioners. We encourage you to reach out the BFI with any concerns, so they are in the best position to represent and respond to the needs of the industry.

Emergency Relief Fund - The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix. More information on the fund will be shared via The Film and TV Charity's mailing lists.

Trade Bodies - Trade bodies will be an important source of support for their Members at this time. The UK Cinema Association has issued a statement on the COVID-19 situation, Cinema For All have advice for community cinemas and BECTU have set up an information page for their members.

The Bigger Picture - The BFI Film Audience Network's central news resource is posting rolling updates on everything from maintaining cinema technology throughout periods of closure to blogs on what cinemas can do whilst operating remotely.

Peer Support - Facebook groups have recently been established for Film Exhibition & Distribution Freelancers and UK Cinema & Venue Employees, providing a space to share news, offer support and discuss opportunities with industry peers.

Film + TV Charity - The Film and TV Charity are aware of the potential impact of coronavirus on people working in film, TV and cinema, particularly in relation to freelance workers and those on limited hours contracts. Their advice page features information on mental health, their 24 hour support line and advice around finances.