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 COVID Crisis Management Co-ordinator Trish Downing on Please share any materials that may be useful to our community to be added to this page by contacting 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.


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COVID-19 Temporary Relief Benefit via UIF fund: benefit is de- linked from the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s normal benefits and will only pay for the cost of salary for the Employees during the temporary closure of the business operations. Businesses can apply for the Covid-19 TERS Benefit from the UIF by sending an email to where you will be prompted with further instructions. More information here.

SMME Relief Finance Scheme: Soft-loan funding for existing businesses in distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief will be for a period of 6 months, from 01 April 2020. Click here for more information.

South African Future Trust (SAFT): Created by the Oppenheimers, it allows SMMEs to apply for an interest free loan – aiding them to keep their employees during this time of cash flow crunch.  Terms can be reached to repay the loan, once the crisis is over. Eligibility includes annual turnover of below R25m, trading for at least 2 years, sound business as on 29 February and demonstrated adverse impact due to Covid-19. More details.

Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund: The NYDA in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 will provide a Relief Fund to youth-owned enterprises for a period of three months. This fund is targeted at youth-owned businesses. The application period is from 20 April up to 30 May 2020

The National Small Business Chamber’s COVID-19 Relief centre helps businesses to create business continuity plans, digital marketing strategies in a time of crisis, help to develop and implement hygiene programmes in the workplace.


BACK TO WORK? RESOURCE: SASFED COVID-19 Information Brochure Download

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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 FundHow to apply Deadline 30 September

NFVF Covid-19 Relief Fund – 7 August 2020: how to apply Deadline: 3 Sept

Netflix COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund – 28 July 2020: initial announcement and 3 August: how to apply

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


WATCH: Videovision has made 10 films available to view free online: classic SA films including Sarafina, Paljas, Mr Bones, Yesterday, Ahmed Kathrada – A Man For All Seasons, Red Dust and more. Start here:

WATCH: The indie film community suffered a major blow after the cancelation of SXSW 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Oscilloscope Laboratories and Mailchimp have partnered with SXSW to give official short film selections “a digital home“, allowing anyone with an internet connection and a love of cinema to watch them for free online.

WATCH: The world’s largest documentary film festival IDFA is giving viewers access to 302 films released between 1988 and 2019 on its website, free of charge.

WATCH: Netflix has unlocked a selection of educational documentary films and series — available now for free on YouTube — saying it’s a way to help teachers and students during the COVID-19 quarantine. The 10 titles include Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” covering the mass-incarceration of people of color in the U.S.; nature docuseries “Our Planet,” narrated by Sir David Attenborough; “Knock Down the House,” featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; and select episodes of “Babies”