Friday, 27 March, 2020
Netflix has contributed to a new fund to provide emergency relief for out-of-work crew and cast across the film and television industry.
The British Film Institute (BFI) has joined forces with the Film and TV Charity to create a new fund to help support the creative community, which has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has been established with a £1 million donation from Netflix. It will provide emergency short-term relief to active workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.
The Fund will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. The Film and TV Charity is currently working on the precise eligibility criteria and level of individual funding.
Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive, said:
'Freelance professionals are the backbone of our film and television industries, and we hope that everyone will work together to support those who have been hardest hit at this extraordinary time of need.
'Netflix's early commitment to this fund is hugely welcomed and we are asking other commercial industry partners to contribute, if they are able, and play their part in helping those most in need get through this crisis.'
To find out when the programme launches, applicants can register online.