On 28 July 2020, the Culture Secretary announced the launch of a Government-backed 500m scheme for UK film and TV productions struggling to get insurance for Covid-related costs.
The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme will help productions across the country that have been halted or delayed by an inability to obtain insurance for Covid-19 related risks to get back up and running, by giving productions the confidence they need that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19.
Following the receipt of State Aid approval from the European Commission, the scheme has now formally commenced.
The Scheme Rules and supplementary Explanatory Notes, as published by DCMS and HM Treasury, can be found on this page. Applications must be made via the appointed Third Party Administrator, Marsh Commercial, and the application form can be viewed and submitted through this link. As per the initial announcement, future claims made under the Scheme can be backdated to 28 July 2020.
The registration deadline for this scheme is 23:59 GMT on 31 October 2021, and claims will be able to be submitted up to 23:59 GMT on 31 March 2022 for losses incurred up until 23:59 GMT on 31 December 2021.
We will be periodically reviewing the scheme to make sure it achieves its objectives to support film and television productions to restart following the impacts of Covid-19.