Location Filming in London Code of Practice

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COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London

In collaboration with the London Filming Partnership, Film London have created guidance for crews filming in public spaces in London during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Guidance provides 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 provides a temporary annex to the established Location Filming in London Code of Practice.

This guidance also compliments the following 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

Film London will update the COVID-19 Guidance according to any relevant changes in government guidelines The most recent version of the COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London can be downloaded here:

COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London


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

COVID-19 Borough Film Services Update

The COVID-19 Borough Film Services Update highlights London boroughs that are open and dates for re-opening of those that are currently closed. It also includes information on parking, highways and Child Performance Licensing and will be updated regularly.

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


Industry Update – Tuesday 5th January

On Monday 4th January Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown for England, which is expected to last until at least the middle of February, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While this introduces additional restrictions, particularly in social settings, work activity is permitted to continue – including COVID-secure film and television production. By continuing to follow the approved COVID-19 guidance highlighted below, Film and TV production will be able to continue in the Capital and locations can continue to accommodate shoots and recces that are carried out in-line with the guidance.

As highlighted by Government guidance businesses that have otherwise had to close to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, are permitted to remain open “for the purposes of film”

Legislation states restrictions “do not prevent the use of…

· any premises used for the making of a film, television programme, audio programme or audio-visual advertisement”

It is essential that all filming activity is carried out in a COVID secure manner and that industry guidance is rigorously adhered to. As the approved COVID-19 guidance highlight, productions should allow sufficient time to plan shoots to ensure that they can film in a COVID-secure environment.

Productions also have a duty to check the specifics of any local restrictions where they are working, if elsewhere in England, or in the devolved nations and regions.

Any further amendments to guidelines will be highlighted on this section of the Film London website, so please check regularly for updates.


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.

London Filming Partnership

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