FILM VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

This page is correct as at 6 August 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). 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

State of Disaster

A State of Disaster has been declared in Victoria from 6pm on Sunday 2 August 2020. This is part of new measures to step-up the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and gives police additional powers to ensure people are complying with public health directions.

Stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne  

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, Stage 4 restrictions are in place for metropolitan Melbourne for six weeks until Sunday 13 September.

This introduces stronger rules to limit the movement of people – and limit the spread of the virus – across the city.

This includes a curfew from 8pm until 5am. The only reasons to leave home during these hours are work, medical care and caregiving. Other new rules and restrictions are also in place in relation to shopping for essentials, daily exercise and more.

People in Melbourne are required to wear face coverings when leaving home for the permitted reasons.

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.

For information on Stage 4, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website or read the Premier of Victoria's statement.

Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions.

This means there are only four reasons to be out:

  • shopping for food and essential items,
  • care and caregiving,
  • daily exercise, and
  • study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

Businesses in regional Victoria also return to Stage 3 restrictions. This means that arts, cultural and entertainment venues in these areas must again close.

People in regional Victoria are required to wear face coverings when leaving home for the permitted reasons.

For information on Stage 3, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website or read the Premier of Victoria's statement.

Useful Resources for Productions and 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. 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.

We are working with productions and event partners to support the implementation of measures to maintain the health and safety of those working across the Victorian screen industry. The release of the Australian Screen Production COVID-Safe Guidelines are a vital resource in supporting the safe return to production in Australia. Download the guidelines and associated resources here.

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]

Keep in touch

Have you adapted your programs and events to be delivered online? Do you have any news or opportunities you’d like to share? Submit your news to [email protected] so that our team can support in promoting opportunities across Film Victoria’s channels.