Location Filming in London Code of Practice

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COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London

Update July 2022

In 2020, in collaboration with the London Filming Partnership, Film London created guidance for crews filming in public spaces in London during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Guidance provided a checklist of actions for crews to take to ensure that they operate within government guidelines and mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 when on location. This guidance provided a temporary annex to the established Location Filming in London Code of Practice.

However, since the launch of the Government's Living with COVID19 plan in Spring 2022, legal restrictions have been removed in relation to COVID19 and the workplace. The UK COVID19 filming guides continue to exist to provide high level guidance to manage COVID19 specific risk in film and TV production. They are referenced below accordingly. Meanwhile, Film London’s COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London is now considered to be superfluous to industry needs and is therefore removed from the Location Filming in London Code of Practice. Film London recommend that productions take a risk based approach to assessing and mitigating the effect of COVID on production. The baseline expectation is to follow the production’s own COVID19 protocols and production-specific risk assessment, alongside government guidance. Please see here: (link- https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-the-spread-of-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19-in-the-workplace )

More information on conducting risk assessments and control measures can be found on the HSE website. https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/#advice

Current industry guides:

BFC– Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production

PACT– TV Production Guidance: Managing the Risk of COVID-19 in Production Making

APA– COVID-19 Shooting Guidelines

DIRECTORS UK- Working Under COVID: Advice for Factual Directors

COVID-19 Guidelines for UK Further and Higher Education Screen Productions

Additional resources to assist productions during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here:

COVID-19 Filming Resource List

The COVID-19 Filming Resource List provides details of companies who offer COVID-19 specific services to film and TV productions including health and safety advisors, medical advisors, COVID-19 equipment and resources and cleaning companies. It also lists organisations currently providing COVID-19 training. ScreenSkills are the sector lead in training and have developed courses for crew with regards to COVID-19 awareness whilst working in production.

For additional industry advice and guidance on COVID-19, please visit:

www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update


Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for Location Filming in London was developed to provide filmmakers with all you need to know to ensure a smooth running shoot in the city. It is a voluntary agreement that aims to ensure:

  • The industry can film effectively, efficiently and flexibly in London
  • All involved in location filming act responsibly, professionally and considerately at all times
  • The practical impact of filming on people and businesses within London is minimised.

It also outlines statutory requirements for filmmakers in London.

Download the Code of Practice

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The Code of Practice and the London Filming Partnership

From local boroughs to private companies, transport facilities to Royal Parks, the London Filming Partnership (LFP) brings together everyone involved in enabling filmmaking in the city to make the process as easy as possible. Together, we support over one thousand film, television and advertisement projects in the city every year.

The Code of Practice for Filming in London compliments this partnership and by becoming a member, Partners are agreeing to honour the code and to support productions to abide by it.

The Code is regularly reviewed by the Film London Executive Task Force, chaired by Lord Puttnam, and updated to reflect the experience of filming on the ground.

If you have any queries regarding the Code of Practice, please email: london.partnership@filmlondon.org.uk


Guidelines for sustainable filming in London

Film London places an increasing emphasis on social and environmental sustainability. Read our guidelines on how to film sustainably in London.

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