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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Film Hub Scotland

Updated 30 March 2020 

Given the recent developments around Coronavirus/COVID-19 we want to make this statement and offer reassurance if you’re in receipt of Film Hub support.

Since we sent out our previous newsletter and on the advice of our funders, we are pausing the Pilot Projects and Pitch Pots funds. If you have already submitted a proposal, we will keep it on file and contact you when funding resumes. If you are working on a new proposal, hold onto it for now – we’ll let everyone know when the funds re-open with a new deadline. If you have a question about an in-progress application, please get in touch with Georgia: georgia@filmhubscotland.com.

We’ll be working with our funders, BFI and Screen Scotland, to assesses the needs of the network going forward.
We are still able to offer Bursaries to support remote professional development activities such as digital learning, online courses and remote mentoring. We're working on a list of potential opportunities and will share it soon.

We will keep you updated as soon as we know more, and what the available support will look like. And please do get in touch if you’d like any advice or support about any aspect of your work in the meantime. We’re here for you. 

14 March 2020
We appreciate you all have own management structures and project leads who’ll be monitoring things and you’ll be making your own decisions about business continuity and project delivery but wanted to let you know that, if you have funding support from us for an event or activity taking place in the next few months, we understand and support your decision should you need to postpone the activity. We will liaise with you once the situation is clearer and are here if in the meantime if you’d like any help and advice. 
Should you need to cancel/postpone activities but have already incurred costs, we will cover any expenditure that’s covered by the awarded funding. 
If you are at all concerned or anxious about your supported activity and would like to talk through options then please do get in touch.
In light of the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, Glasgow Film has activated its business continuity plans. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders, as well as the continuity of our services. If you would like a copy of this advice to share with your staff and customers, do let us know.

All the best and keep well, 

The FHS Team

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The BFI are in constant communication with colleagues in Government and other funders across the sector, to ensure we all fully understand the ramifications of the most critical issues, and can help shape measures to address them.

We urge practitioners across the industry and cultural sector to contact the BFI directly with their key concerns. Use the covid-19.queries@bfi.org.uk email address, a centralised point for all enquires to feed into our impact response recommendations, and from where they can also signpost you to the most relevant advice if necessary.

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, established with a £1m donation from Netflix. More information on the fund will be shared via The Film and TV Charity's mailing lists.

Screen Scotland Update
Screen Scotland are offering a Bridging Bursary to offer immediate financial assistance to those working in the screen sector. Visit the regularly updated page on the Screen Scotland site here.

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