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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resources

With the impact of the coronavirus being felt across the world, and in each of our lives, we've compiled a list of resources and support currently available to professionals across our creative sectors, as well as links to the latest advice from the UK Government and NHS. 

We'll endeavour to update this page regularly; save it to your bookmarks and come back again. If you want to recommend a good website or article to include here, please email it over to [email protected].

See also our resources for those living and working in New York and Los Angeles and previous BAFTA statements on the coronavirus  (12/3/2020 and 17/3/2020)

Employment and Financial

Back-to-work guidance 

Our summary of all the guidance being issued around the restart of production in film, games & high-end TV in the UK


Advice for employers and employees.

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund

Offering help to professional actors and stage managers unable to work due to contracting COVID-19 or self-isolating due to illness. 

Arts Council Wales

Offering support and advice to creatives in Wales.

Artists' General Benevolent Institution

Offering financial support to artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland


Includes useful information and advice for freelancers.


Helps answer key questions and home of relevant resources; contact the BFI for support with specific issues you are facing as an industry professional.

The BFI and the Film and TV Charity's fund, established with a donation from Netflix.

Capacity Interactive

Digital marketing recommendations for the arts community during the outbreak.

Coronavirus Business Support (UK Government)

A new site launched by the UK Government, outlining the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Includes information on how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Creative England

A collection of advice and resources.

Creative Industries Federation 

Daily guidance and information for those working in creative industries.

Creative Scotland

Offering support and advice to creatives in Scotland.

Directors UK

Useful Q&A for directors.

Disability Arts Online

Funding for disabled artists in the UK to pitch ideas for art or content to be produced whilst in self-isoaltion.


Regularly updated information for performers and creative practitioners across the industry.


Grants for small businesses will be launching soon, sign up here for updates.

Federation of Small Businesses

Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed.

Film and TV Charity

Includes a helpline on mental wellbeing and financial advice, incuding one-off grants for artists and freelancers in urgent financial need.


Information and guidance on working remotely.

Go Fund Me

Artists across the UK have been setting up Go Fund Me pages to help those impacted by COVID-19.

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed)

Practical advice for the self employed.

Money Saving Expert

Coronavirus financial help & rights.

Northern Ireland Screen

Information for the screen industry in NI, including information on the Northern Ireland Executive support available

PRS for Music

Information on an Emergency Relief Fund set up for PRS members. 

Screen Scotland

Information for the screen industry in Scotland, including information on the Screen Scotland support available


Teaming up with UKIE to offer contract helpline for games.

The TV Mindset

A place to support the mental health of TV & Film freelancers and bring meaningful change to working practices in the industry on Twitter or Facebook.


Building support and advice network for Games sector.


Film and TV Charity

An online mental health platform where people can chat with others, get advice, take part in courses and feel connected.


Advice on coping with the pandemic from a mental health perspective.


Essential news and advice from the UK's National Health Service

UK Government

Information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

6ft From Mental Health in Film

BAFTA Crew participant Leo Thomas and her colleague Matt Longley set up 6ft From The Spotlight to help the mental health of freelance crew in the entertainment sector.

Creative Inspiration and Resources


A hub for inspirational career advice from the very best in film, games and television.

Soundcloud and Youtube with interviews, talks and more.


Offering online skills development and support sessions and training opportunities, including a free package of remote and interactive training, online talks and masterclasses with industry leaders to support freelancers in upskilling and staying in touch.

Offers and Opportunities

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering 2 months free access to Creative Cloud to current subscribers, find out how to get it here.


Five short films available for free online throughout BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, in partnership with the British Council. Running until Sunday 29 March 2020.

Dazed Digital

All the books to read in March.


Watch over 300 documentaries online for free through the IDFA website.


Mubi are currently offering 3 months access to their streaming service for just £1.

Met Opera

North America’s largest classical music organisation is providing nightly streams of performances on its site for free.

National Theatre at Home

Tune in every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.