DATE: March 27, 2020

CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION (CFC) UPDATE & COVID-19 RESOURCES 

CALIFORNIA FILM COMMISSION (CFC) UPDATE
& COVID-19 RESOURCES 
 
"The entertainment production industry has overcome challenges in the past, and it will endure this sudden shutdown."
  -California Film Commission Executive Director Colleen Bell 
 
   
The CFC is open for business to help the industry deal with project delays and regulations, as well as help industry workers find valuable resources.
 
While working remotely from home, our staff is fully functioning - providing our regular services while adjusting to the latest industry and government developments.  We are also in communication with our many CFC stakeholders.
 
For helpful information regarding virus prevention, information for employers and employees and all Californians,
please visit   Covid19.ca.gov .
 
 
TAX CREDIT PROGRAM 

Force Majeure Provision to Address Timeline Requirements
The impact of COVID-19 on tax credit productions is considered a force majeure situation.  Approved tax credit applicants impacted by the pandemic in a way that affects their ability to satisfy           ti meline requirements are eligible to submit a force majeure request.

According to the tax credit program statute, "Force Majeure" means an event or series of events, which are not under the control of the qualified tax payer. Examples include death, disability or breach by the motion picture director or principal cast member, an act of God, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster, terrorist activities or government sanction.

Once a force majeure submission is deemed valid, the CFC will effectively stop the clock on the timeline requirements and resume them at such time as productions can recommence filming operations.  When authorities declare resumption of non-essential activities, the CFC will issue a notice for tax credit productions to assess their timelines and contact the CFC within four (4) weeks.  If approved productions fail to contact the CFC within that four-week period, the CFC will assume the production is not moving forward and will remove project from the queue.  Qualified expenditures will continue to qualify during the force majeure period, assuming a credit allocation letter (CAL) has already been issued.

Program 3.0 Tax Credit Program Application Periods 
Due to the Coronavirus situation, tax credit program allocation period dates for the next iteration of the tax credit program are currently pending. 
 
 
FILM PERMITS FOR PRODUCTION ON STATE-OWNED PROPERTY
 
Most California jurisdictions have suspended issuing film permits.  Others are evaluating permit requests on a case-by-case basis while adhering to Governor Newsom's guidelines prohibiting any gathering of more than 10 people. 
 
In general, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all non-essential activity, including filming.  Other State buildings and facilities are closed to filming as well.  The California Department of Recreation and Parks is not allowing any gatherings at state parks, including filming, of more than 10 people, and their parking lots are closed.  Caltrans will consider applications on a case-by-case basis that follow each district's guidelines as well as the Governor's size and social distancing directives.
 
For information on a specific jurisdiction within the state, please check our list of regional film offices at:   
http://film.ca.gov/locations/regional-film-offices/ (includes relevant contact information).
 
For questions about the issuance or suspension of film permits on State-owned and operated properties, contact Permit Team Manager Eric Klosterman at  eklosterman@film.ca.gov
 (323-817-4105).
 
 
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY RESOURCES 
 
Motion Picture Television Fund
Financial assistance, support services & community resources
323-634-3888
 
The Actors Fund
Entertainment Assistance Program
888-825-0911
 
SAG-AFTRA Foundation COVID-19 Disaster Fund
 
List of Unions & Guilds ,
several of which are developing plans to help their members
https://www.csatf.org/about/union-guild-directory/
 
The Directors Guild Foundation
Providing interest-free loans to members in need
https://www.dga.org/Resources/Directors-Guild-Foundation.aspx
 
The IATSE National Benefit Fund
Allowing annuity hardship withdrawals
https://www.iatsenbf.org/
 
Writers Guild of America 
Resources for WGA members
 
American Federation of Musicians Local 47  (Los Angeles)
Emergency Relief Fund
Can apply for small grants
 
Music Fund of Los Angeles Emergency Relief Fund
 
Association of Independent Commercial Producers  (AICP)
Coronavirus resources
 
The Animation Guild - IATSE Local 839 
Covid-19 resource page

International Cinematographers Guild - Local 600
 
For support staffers, #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast, Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) and YEA! 
have teamed to create the Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund 
  

About  the  California Film Commission
  
The California Film Commission (CFC) enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production.
  
A one-stop office for filmmakers, the Commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets. In addition to managing the Film & Television Tax Credit program, services include an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, low cost use of state properties as shooting locations, and production assistance.
  
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