Indie Filmmaking and Covid - What Next?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 18:00

Covid-19 has had an unexpected, abrupt and seismic impact on film production. It's a physical, collaborative industry that generally revolves around large numbers of people in close proximity - The Batman, for example, gathered 300 crew and 500 supporting artists on a single day in January. Its principal outlet also requires hundreds of people to sit together in a sealed and darkened room.

The ramifications of social distancing are going to change the way films are made and consumed, and indie producers need to start thinking about their business models in a fast-changing and uncertain world. The Producers' Symposium has assembled a panel of industry experts to discuss the ramifications of Covid for physical safety on-set, liability and insurance, and how financing has been affected.

When and how can we get back to work? Nobody knows - but our panel will ensure you're better informed. The event will be chaired by Peter J. Storey, the founder and CEO of Greenlit.

Gareth Graham is an executive at Performance Insurance, a specialist media insurer for all kinds of risks related to film production. Their helpful and friendly team are available to advise on any aspect of the process, and the new challenges of Covid.

Jeremy Roberts is a Partner at Sheridans, a leading law firm with a substantial practice in media, film and TV. He is currently working with a number of producers with regard to returning to work, and has written about the implications of Covid for financing and risk.

Paul Greeves M.B.E. is the Managing Director of London-based First Option, one of the UK's leading safety consultants for media and film production. First Option's useful practical production advice around Covid is regularly updated and can be found here.

Sam Ampah is an accountant with Alliotts Media. He'll be talking about the impact of coronavirus on production finance and investment, and about some of the government support mechanisms that may be open to independent producers.