FILM VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

This page is correct as at 20 October 2020. For the latest information, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website – coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

This page provides information and links to information, support programs and advice relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our screen industry FAQs will be published in the coming days.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you are not sure who to contact, please contact Film Victoria on 03 9660 3215 or [email protected]. Film Victoria's Industry Support Hotline is monitored Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

On Sunday 6 September, the Premier announced Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening, comprising of five steps to reach a COVID normal.

This includes information on the safe and steady easing of restriction across how we live, learn and work. Visit www.vic.gov.au/roadmap for details of the metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria roadmaps and industry-specific information.

Metropolitan Melbourne

As at 11:59pm, 27 September, Step 2 restrictions apply to metropolitan Melbourne. For screen, this means that only feature film, television and documentary projects (excluding television commercials, student films and corporate productions) that is are already in physical production and operating as a closed set can continue. Post-production relating to these projects is also permitted.

As at 11:59pm, 11 October, pre-production of Film Victoria funded screen projects and closed set feature film, television and documentaries that are filmed in Government owned facilities are permitted. 

As at 11:59pm, 18 October, production and pre-production of Film Victoria funded screen projects and closed set feature film, television and documentaries that are filmed in Government owned facilities are permitted. For more information on the latest guidance for metropolitan Melbourne, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-media-and-telecommunications

Regional Victoria

As at 11:59pm, 16 September, Step 3 restrictions apply to regional Victoria. As part of the Third Step, location scouting, new screen production including related pre- and post-production activities and all media production,  publishing and broadcasting is allowed. For the full list of permitted screen activity in regional Victoria, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/industry-restriction-levels-regional-victoria

Screen productions that meet these criteria must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place and operate in accordance with the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme directions.

Further guidance will be available in the days and weeks ahead and we will continue to share updates. For information on current restriction levels in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for screen, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

As at 5 August, 11:59pm, Permitted Work Premises include:

Feature film, television and documentary (excluding television commercials, student and corporate productions) that is already in physical production and operating as a closed set and post-production relating to it is a Permitted Work Premises and remains open on the condition that a COVID-Safe plan is in place.

View the full list of Permitted Work Premises.

USEFUL RESOURCES FOR SCREEN BUSINESSES

  • Under the latest Workplace Directions, Permitted workplaces have until 11:59pm on Friday 7 August to implement their COVID Safe Plan. Guidance, FAQs and a template for a COVID Safe plan is available via the Business Victoria website - https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/covid-safe-business/covid-safe-plan

  • The Australian Screen Production Industry COVID Safe Guidelines have also been developed to provide specific guidance to the Australian screen industry that may help with your COVID safe Plan. NB: The Victorian Government’s Workplace Directions take precedence.

  • Grants are available through the Victorian Government’s Business Support Fund – Expansion for Victorian businesses in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that have been impacted by the latest restrictions, this support has been extended to include the Sole Trader Support Fund. For more information on what is available visit Business Victoria.

  • Our Location and Production Services team is working with councils and agencies to have the most up to date information and they are available to support Location Managers. Please connect with the team at [email protected].

FILM VICTORIA FUNDING AND INITIATIVES

Applications for funding development, production, key talent placements, industry attachments and games remain open and follow published closing deadlines. To view upcoming deadlines visit  film.vic.gov.au/funding/.

Applicants will now be able to apply for production funding at any time and funding decisions will now be made within four to eight weeks to ensure a strong pipeline of projects ready for production.

Film Victoria has implemented flexibility across development funding guidelines, removing the requirement for market attachment for Development on Demand for television drama projects. This will allow us to support producers and creative teams directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. For more information, visit our latest news here.

Film Victoria has suspended its international travel programs.

To ensure the health and safety of Film Victoria staff and stakeholders, Film Victoria staff are working remotely and meetings will be held via tele-conference until further notice. If you are planning to visit the Film Victoria office, we kindly ask to contact us in advance to make arrangements on 03 9660 3215 or [email protected]