Press 27.04.20

AUSFILM’S COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR FILMMAKERS



Hello from the Ausfilm team,

We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy wherever you are in the world.

While the Ausfilm team is working remotely, we are continuing to connect and stay engaged with our global filmmaking community.  We remain committed to supporting international filmmakers through this very difficult period. 

We all look forward to a time when it is safe for production activity to resume around the world and our members (made up of Australia’s best industry screen businesses) will be ready to help you deliver your production. For any information regarding filming or post-producing (picture post, sound and music post, VFX or animation) in Australia, please reach out to a friendly Ausfilm team member in either our Sydney or Los Angeles offices:

Sydney
T: +61 2 9383 4192
[email protected]
Los Angeles
T: +1 310 229 2362
[email protected]

Latest information regarding COVID-19 and Australia’s Response

Australia’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is helping to flatten the curve.  As at May 28, there have been 7139 cases across Australia, with the daily number of new cases remaining low.  A full breakdown of Australia’s cases is reported by the Sydney Morning Herald daily.

Australia is continuing in its efforts to contain the spread of the virus.  Strict social distancing rules remain in place.  We encourage all those interested in engaging with Australia to follow the advice provided by the Australian Government and official health departments. For information visit the Australian Department of Health.

In May, the Australian Government will assess whether it is safe to reduce some of the restrictions currently in place across the country.  Authority for easing restrictions rests with the Premiers of each State and we will provide updates as they come to effect.

Australian Screen Production Incentives

The Location Incentive and Location and PDV Offsets continue to operate as usual and the Screen Industry team within the Office of the Arts (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) is continuing to receive and process applications. For enquiries please read here

The Producer Offset also continues to be operational and Screen Australia who administers this incentive program is continuing to receive enquiries. Visit Screen Australia to read more about their COVID-19 response here.

For enquiries regarding state screen production incentives and grants please contact the relevant state screen agency here.

Travel Restrictions

There are currently strict travel restrictions on who can enter Australia. For detailed information please read more from Australian Home Affairs here. Some Australian states have closed their borders for domestic non-essential travel find out what you need to know here.

Please get in touch with Ausfilm directly at [email protected] to discuss how these restrictions may impact your production in Australia.

Filming in Australia

Filming is currently allowed to take place in Australia if the required physical distancing can be maintained at all times.

There have been some recent news stories about shows getting back into production in Australia – for more information contact Ausfilm’s EVP of International Production, Erin Stam.

The industry is currently working on the development of COVID-19 Filming Protocols and Guidelines and we will update this page with information as soon as it becomes available.

Location Enquiries

Ausfilm is still able to support productions with online location pitches for Australia. Please contact Ausfilm’s EVP of International Production, Erin Stam.