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 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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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

Dear colleagues

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 –
Ops Line:  083-577-7592
Direct:       082-570-5184    

In Cape Town we have a new IPO member who can assist with COVID testing – Ali Kiyaei –
Managing Director – Indalo Bio PTY Ltd.
+27 21 433 0731

Stay safe and keep your sets as safe as possible, too.


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 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