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
Official Toll Free Call Center: 0800 029 999
Send Hi to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp
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
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 an 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.
Within the South African media ecosystem, the IPO and its members collaborate with and enjoy support from a range of professional organisations, some of whom are listed below:
Industry Organisations & Partners
National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. We do this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry. Visit website »
The South African Screen Federation
SASFED is a federation body with member organisations making up the independent film and TV Sector of South Africa across the value chain. The below is an alphabetical list of member organisations, which currently include 8 active SASFED member organisations, guilds or associations. Each member is listed with details as provided by the respective organisations on their SASFED application form or by way of an update to us. Visit website»
The Independent Communication Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
ICASA is a product of statute, the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa Amendment Act of 2000, amended in 2005. ICASA was established in July 2000, as a merger of the telecommunications regulator, the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA) and the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA). The ICASA Amendment Act 2005 also provided for the incorporation of the Postal Regulator into ICASA. Visit website»
The Department of Trade and Industry
The dti´s mission is to promote structural transformation, towards a dynamic industrial and globally competitive economy; provide a predictable, competitive, equitable and socially responsible environment, conducive to investment, trade and enterprise development; broaden participation in the economy to strengthen economic development; and continually improve the skills and capabilities of the dti to effectively deliver on its mandate and respond to the needs of South Africa’s economic citizens. Visit website »
The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC)
The IDC was established in 1940 as a national development finance institution to promote economic growth and industrial development. The Media and Motion Pictures SBU focuses on funding motion pictures, digital cinemas in townships, broadcasting for the development of black industrialists, developing an animation hub and films. The unit invests in the production of content, and in the services and infrastructure that support productions in this significant industry. Visit website »
Regional Film Organisations and Supporters
KwaZulu Natal Film Commission
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission was established in accordance with a provincial Act passed in 2010. The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is set to begin fulfilling its mandate to make the province a film production centre. The following are the Vision and Mission of the Commission. Visit website »
Gauteng Film Commission
The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) develops, promotes and coordinates the film and television production industry in South Africa’s wealthiest province. An agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, we are tasked with positioning the province as a world-class destination for film-making as well as attracting local and international investments in the film and television industry. Visit website »
Wesgro Film and Media
The Western Cape is a sought-after film destination. Major international and local productions are drawn by the wide range of locations, exemplary services and studios. Wesgro Film and Media assist with production in the province, including regulation guidance and finding co-production parties. Visit website »
Eastern Cape Film Office
The core objective of the Eastern Cape Film Office is to position the Eastern Cape to globally compete in the development of film, thereby boosting economic, social and cultural development. It operates under the auspices of the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council. Visit website>>
Industry Allies and Friends
SOS: Support Public Broadcasting
The Coalition is committed to, and campaigns for, public broadcasting in the public interest. While the SABC is its primary focus, the Coalition also looks at community media. The Coalition’s purpose is to lobby for the strengthening of public and community broadcasting in the public interest broadly, with the aim of ensuring excellent programming for South African audiences, particularly on the SABC. Visit website>>
A.S.A – Animation South Africa
A.S.A is a non-profit organisation mandated by industry to develop and represent South African animation. Founded in 2006 by a group of like-minded animation industry professionals who came together to create a culture of knowledge-sharing in South African animation. Relaunched in 2015 with a new board of directors, their vision is to nurture a vibrant, sustainable and transformed Animation and VFX industry for South Africa Visit website>>
DFA – The Documentary Filmmakers Association of SA
DFA was established to nurture and develop the interests of documentary filmmakers in South Africa. The documentary film genre is unique in that it can stimulate public discourse, reflect on social, political, cultural and current events in a very immediate way. It is the most accessible genre of filmmaking, yet is often marginalised within the bigger environment of film and the broadcast industry. The DFA aims to create a unified voice for documentary filmmakers and gain recognition for this genre of filmmaking in South Africa. Visit website>>
The Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC)
A collaborative business network of like-minded Black South African Independent Filmmakers, Content Creators, Film and Television/ Commercials Directors, Producers, Distributors, Exhibitors, Media and Entertainment, Facilities and Services Entrepreneurs and Industrialists. The IBFC’s aim is to engage government and industry stakeholders in policy change and advocate as “one voice” in engagements with public and private sector institutions and organizations. Visit website>>
PMA – The Personal Managers’ Association
The Personal Manager’s Association is a community of Actors Agents consisting of members; associate and affiliate members. Our goal is to guide actors in their professional careers, uphold the professional standards on behalf of the performers we represent with regards to contracts (and the standardization thereof); fees and working conditions in the areas of film; television; voice; theatre; presenting; commercials; etc. Visit website>>
SAGA – South African Guild of Actors
SAGA was established to regulate relations between actors and film/television/theatre/radio producers, to perform and protect interests of its members; to plan and organize its administration and lawful activities; to co-operate with or join local or international organisations,; to promote, support or oppose any proposed legislative or other measures affecting the interests of its members; to provide legal assistance to members in connection with their contracts with producers; and to organise and represent members of SAGA for the purpose of collective bargaining. Visit website>>
SAGE – South African Guild Of Editors
SAGE is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which represents film and video picture editors, assistant editors and sound editors. With more than 100 active members, the guild represents most of the best talent in the feature film, TV drama, documentary, insert, on-line and sound editing in South Africa. Visit website>>
SWIFT – Sisters Working In Film and Television
SWIFT stands for Sisters Working in Film and Television. Birthed when a group of South African women making films and television came together to discuss the needs of women, it is now the only South African organisation focusing exclusively on the common concerns and shared experiences of women working in film and television. SWIFT has fast become a hub of support, empowerment and inspiration. Visit website>>
WGSA – Writers’ Guild of South Africa
The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) was established on 8 May 2009 and remains the only association in South Africa with the sole purpose of protecting, empowering and developing performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The Guild also serves as a Collection Agent for writers’ residuals and manages an affordable local Script Registry. WGSA is an affiliate member of the International Association of Writers Guilds (IAWG). Visit website>>
Welcome to our COVID-19 Resources page. These resources were collated from February 2020 to September 2021 and are loaded chronologically with the latest resources added at the top of the page. The IPO was a passionate and dedicated contributor to the COVID-19 relief efforts and we hope that this history of those interventions demonstrates our commitment to getting the industry back to work safely and sustainably.
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 COVID-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