Welcome to our COVID-19 Resources page.
IPO Support for film and television producers affected by #covid19 impact on productions: please be advised that you can send your email queries to our acting Executive Director Trish Downing on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share any materials that may be useful to our community to be added to this page by contacting email@example.com. We hope all will stay safe during this difficult time.
What is COVID-19?
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
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IPO MOST RECENT NEWS & RESOURCES
27 June 2021: Level 4 Adjustment Gazette Download
June 2021 SASFED Protocols Download
Guide to Post-production COVID-19 Protocols from SA Guild of Editors Download
Resource: Download Travel Permit Blank Template for travel after curfew
23 June 2021: Alert regarding set visits
We have been alerted that the Department of Labour are implementing set visits to review COVID protocols as we are considered a high-risk sector for super spreader events, especially in Gauteng. Please be sure to observe all the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, to have a medic and/or compliance officer on set, observe social distancing as far as possible, insist that masks be worn at all times other than for actors when shooting and ensure effective hand and working environment sanitisation. We’d hate your productions to be shut down or experience preventable infections.
In Johannesburg contact IPO member, The Public Safety Company for assistance –
Iain Fourie – The Public Safety Company – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ops Line: 083-577-7592
In Cape Town we have a new IPO member who can assist with COVID testing – Ali Kiyaei – email@example.com
Managing Director – Indalo Bio PTY Ltd.
+27 21 433 0731
Stay safe and keep your sets as safe as possible, too.
PREVIOUS IPO UPDATES AND RESOURCES
BACK TO WORK? RESOURCE: SASFED COVID-19 Information Brochure Download
Presidential Employment Stimulus focused on the Audio-Visual Industry – 30 October. Submission deadline is 10 December 2020. Read more about the initiative.
RESOURCE: Orange Gecko Presents COVID-19 Health Screening Solution. More details here
Pandemic Insurance Indemnity Fund – 20 October 2020. Read more about it
Wesgro Film and Media Promotion Webinars at Garden Route International Film Festival including The Impact of COVID-19 on Film & Tourism. Access the recordings via this link
RESOURCE: Importance of Screen Production to Global COVID-19 Economic Recovery published by Olsberg-spi, a creative industries strategy consultancy that provides high-level advice to public and private sector clients, specialising in the worlds of film, television and digital media. Read it
OPPORTUNITY: NFVF call for COVID-19 Documentaries – 5 October 2020. Deadline 26 October 2020. See the call for entries
RESOURCE: A-Z of Travel under Level 1: The Department of International Relations and Cooperation have issued a guideline for traveling under Level 1 – 6 October 2020. Read more
KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Covid-19 Film Relief Fund – 22 September 2020 – more details Deadline 2 October
SANEF launches round two of its Media Relief Fund – How to apply Deadline 30 September
NFVF Covid-19 Relief Fund – 7 August 2020: how to apply Deadline: 3 Sept
The Tribuo Fund is an initiative to give the performing arts some much-needed support in these difficult times – 3 July 2020: Details
Gauteng Sports, Arts and Culture COVID Relief Fund – 17 June 2020: Details can be viewed here
REPORT: Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries by the South African Cultural Observatory – 4 June 2020: Read here
Following DSAC Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s announcement of a R150 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist the sector, the awardees list has been made public – 26 May 2020: Details
OPPORTUNITY: South African Content Slate Initiative – 15 May 2020: Details can be viewed here
PRESS RELEASE: ICASA deals another major blow to local film and TV sector – 13 May 2020: See the release
If you missed the webinar held Thursday 7 May entitled “Film & Television Industry – Back to Work in Stage 4 Lockdown”, SACIA have kindly uploaded the recording.
OPPORTUNITY: Opportunity to participate in an upcoming film about COVID-19 – 7 May 2020
Meeting of DSAC Minister Nathi Mthethwa & Arts and Culture National Organizations: 7 May 2020: Presser
Health & Safety Protocols and Indemnity Documents – 5 May 2020: See more.
Media Coverage from TV with Thinus: Coronavirus: Independent Producers Organisation cautions that ‘the situation is fluid’ as South Africa’s film and TV industry is allowed back at work under strict on-set requirements.
Media Coverage from The Callsheet: SA Film Sector Opens for Business under Level 4 Restrictions
Directives – Live Streaming of the Creative Sector Services in Support of COVID-19 – 4 May 2020 : See link
Communications and Digital Technology on Risk-Adjusted Strategy directions for film and television production houses – 4 May 2020 – Link
Latest update on return to work – 1 May 2020: See update
Covid-19 Level 4 Submissions – 27 April 2020: Link
Getting back to work – 26 April 2020: See update
Clarification regarding M-Net/MultiChoice’s R80m fund – 23 April 2020: Details
South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) which is the research arm of Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Survey to find out how Covid-19 is affecting the Cultural and Creative Industries sector.
IPO Postponed and Cancelled Productions Survey – 1 April 2020: Details here.
OPPORTUNITY: National Geographic Society emergency fund for journalists worldwide – 1 April 2020: Rolling deadline
OPPORTUNITY: UN launches COVID-19 Global Call to Creatives – 30 March 2020: Rolling deadline
DTI Announcement regarding incentives during COVID19 – 28 March 2020: Full Details here.
Department of Sports, Arts and Culture COVID Relief Fund – 25 March 2020 – Criteria
Advertisement for IPO CVOVID-19 Crisis Management Coordinator – 23 March 2020: See Details.
IPO Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic – 18 March 2020
RESOURCE Ogilvy: COVID-19: How to Communicate in Turbulent Times – PDF
RESOURCE For Documentary Filmmakers: Sundance Co//ab COVID-19 Resources We Love
RESOURCE: COVID-19 Guide for Visual Journalists: These general tips for visual journalists were created by Jenell Stewart, DO, MPH, Infectious Diseases physician-scientist at University of Washington. Dr. Stewart is married to Peter DiCampo, a visual journalist and cofounder of The Everyday Projects, and she created this guide to help journalists who are struggling with ethical and safety considerations in the current void of job specific information. More here