The impact of the coronavirus crisis has had a profound effect on film production across the globe,
with the US and Hollywood experiencing an unprecedented halt to output. With revenues flatlining
and over 100,000 entertainment industry workers losing their jobs, Hollywood like the rest of the
world is keen to get production started again.

The UK film industry are equally focussed on finding ways to relaunch, with film production being
one of the country’s largest growth areas, supported by recent and significant investment from the
likes of Warner Bros, Disney and Nextflix. The UK continues to work hard to hopefully kickstart
production in the summer, driven on the back of a 26-page British Film Commission produced
proposal. Domestically, the UK expects resumption of TV production very soon with popular soap
shows hoping to begin filming again within weeks, rather than months as previously anticipated.

But is there further room for optimism? Over the last few weeks, there has been a growing appetite
amongst a number of countries to promote themselves as open for business and compete for
production. Some filmmakers are approaching countries like Slovakia, where filming has continued
on a small scale throughout the global outbreak. As well as offering facilities, locations and
incentives, they are also providing testing facilities and protocols to keep production teams safe,
minimizing the risk of outbreaks and maintaining low levels of COVID-19 cases.

In April, during Netflix’s earnings call, Ted Sarandos, Content Chief, commented that they were
shooting in both Iceland and South Korea. Thanks to this endorsement and supported by their
watchful COVID-19 testing, Iceland has seen a spike in interest from filmmakers. Since 15 th May
Iceland has been open to foreign film production with all entrants to the country expected to comply
with strict safety requirements and follow testing and quarantine procedures.

Further afield in Europe, the Czech Republic are one of the leading countries attempting to get
production back on track, aiming to restart all internationally halted filming. Welcome news for
Amazon Studios’ and the second series of “Carnival Row”, and Disney’s Marvel Studios, and the
return to filming of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. Like other countries opening their doors to
resumption, this will not be without strict rules and procedures that will need to be adhered before
filming becomes a possibility.

In Australasia, the landscape shows further signs of positivity, with both New Zealand and Australia
allowing domestic filming to recommence and hoping to welcome back international production as
soon as possible, enabling the resumption of productions previously halted and those planned to
start filming prior to shut down.

Although the global pandemic has caused further complications and unknowns for an industry that
constantly has to manage uncertainty, there are undoubtedly the shoots of the industry beginning to
restart. Options of filming in existing and new locations paralleled with new ways of working and
protocols are starting to put the industry back in the spotlight as it adjusts to the ongoing threat of
COVID-19.