The New Zealand Government has announced the country is now at COVID-19 Alert level 3 with an upgrade to level 4 at midnight Wednesday, 25 March 2020. Level 4 is expected to continue for a minimum of 4 weeks. Level 4 means people are instructed to stay at home and only essential services/business will remain open.
These are unprecedented times and now, more than ever, our industry needs to work cohesively for the benefit of the screen sector at large.
Here is some pertinent news that’s valuable for you to be aware of.
For all the latest COVID-19 news head to covid19.govt.nz/
Yesterday, the NZFC released their second advisory on COVID-19. You can find the full release on their website.
The Advisory provides updated and clear information to producers and the wider production sector about what the NZFC is putting in place to support productions until the pandemic situation is resolved. All their funding opportunities remain open and available, other than the International Travel Grants programme which has been suspended.
In the immediate term, they are dealing with two distinct types of production that are being affected now.
1. Productions that have commenced principal photography or are in post-production
In response to the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 alert level directive and advisory, all productions (as non-essential businesses) are now in hiatus. This is obviously distressing for everyone involved. We are committed to working alongside producers to underst…read more
2. Productions that have not yet formally closed finance or are yet to apply for funding but have a viable finance plan.
The NZFC continues to encourage and accept applications from producers for production financing if they have a viable finance plan; and continues to work on film closing documentation to ensure production can commence as soon as production dates and other relevant production details, are confirmed.. read more
In response to the immediate impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand screen industry, the sector has announced the formation of the Screen Sector COVID-19 Action Group and a screen-specific online information hub to address the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. This pan-sector team comprises many key screen industry guilds and organisations, as well as major stakeholders.
The www.screenindustrynz.co.nz website will act as a one-stop hub to assist screen producers and industry workers find screen-specific health and safety resources, wage and earning subsidy assistance and information, key updates on COVID-19 as well as relevant news and updates from screen guilds and industry organisations.
These unprecedented times call for calm and proactive decision-making in order to protect the local screen sector and to ensure that when recovery happens – and it will – the industry is ready to operate at maximum capacity again for our domestic productions and so that international line productions can return as soon as it is viable.
We at Script to Screen are working from our homes, finding ways we can deliver our initiatives online and continue to connect with our community.
Stay safe out there 👋❤️