Covid-19
Information for the North's screen sector

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

Updated 3:00pm, 16 February

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

Latest updates

Culture Recovery Fund

Round two of the Culture Recovery Fund via the BFI and Arts Council England has now closed. Applicants will hear from the relevant funding body in due course.

BFI NETWORK Early Feature Development Fund

Applications to the BFI NETWORK Early Feature Development Fund have been temporarily paused. The fund is are due to reopen in the week commencing 26 April 2021. Going forward, the Early Feature Development Fund will operate a single Spring application window each year. We'll share more information will filmmakers in the North when it's available.

Microgrants for exhibitors

We’ve updated our Propeller Awards microgrant scheme in response to the further sector disruption caused by the national lockdown. Applicants can now apply at any time – and will receive a response as soon as possible – and can submit proposals for projects taking place from now until March 2022.

Filmbankmedia Virtual Screening Room

Non-theatrical distributors Filmbankmedia have launched their Virtual Screening Room: a new service supporting community cinemas and film societies to screen online whilst retaining the social aspect of community-led cinema. Bookings are open now.

Investment in the North

The recipients of the BFI Culture Recovery Fund and our own Film Exhibition Fund have been announced, representing a much-needed boost for exhibitors in the region. You can find out more about the awardees in our Film Exhibition Fund announcement and our coverage of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Information & resources

Get in touch

The Hub remains committed to helping exhibitors and filmmakers across the region, and our team is still here to answer your queries. We are now working remotely and ask that our partners reach out to their usual contact via email in the first instance. For general enquiries, exhibitors should contact info@filmhubnorth.org.uk and filmmakers should contact bfinetwork@filmhubnorth.org.uk.

Basic awareness training

ScreenSkills are offering free Coronavirus basic awareness training for cinema employees and those working in production.

Cinemas - reopening guidelines

The UK Cinema Association has published a set of guidelines, Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19, to help exhibitors through the process of reopening. These guidelines establish an industry-wide baseline for the risk mitigations venues should put in place for staff and customers. As these guidelines are likely to change over time, exhibitors should check for updated versions periodically.

The Seven Principles

#WeShallNotBeRemoved, the UK disability arts alliance, have published the Seven Principles for an Inclusive Recovery for the Arts & Creative Sector. These outline practical steps film exhibitors can take to reopen inclusively.

The Bigger Picture

The BFI Film Audience Network's central news resource is maintaining a Covid-19 advice page featuring rolling relevant to exhibitors. Their recent collection of articles also includes key stories, guest blogs and opinion pieces from the sector.

Trade Bodies

Trade bodies will be an important source of support for their Members at this time. The UK Cinema Association has set up a resources hub for cinemas, the BFI Film Audience Network has published guidance for community cinemas, and BECTU have established an information page for their members.

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 finances. Applications for the The Film and TV Charity Emergency Relief Fund, created in partnership with the BFI, are currently closed.

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.