Filming Europe in Safety

Guidelines for production during COVID-19

Film and TV production is slowly resuming in Europe. Even after the easing or end of governments’ restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the risk of contagion will persist in the first weeks and months, if not longer.

European countries and film institutions are providing technical and organizational measures in order to help productions restart in safety during the global emergency. As the European Film Commissions Network, we are collecting these guidelines to make them available to all professionals shooting in Europe in the near future. The page will be constantly updated.

From cast and crew testing to protective equipment and on-site organization, the safety regulations are very detailed and vary within European countries. Since each filming is different, specific risk-based measures need to be established prior to the start of activities.

Protocols within European Countries

Belgium

Good practices for filming in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by screen.brussels

Croatia

Recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic during filming prepared by Croatian professional audio-visual associations, following  the guidelines issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health

Czech Republic

Safe-regulatory guidelines for safe filmmaking by Czech Film Commission / Czech Film Fund

Finland

Recommended Guidelines for production during COVID-19 by Audiovisual Producers in Finland

Germany

SARS-CoV-2 Safety Guidelines issued by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions answered by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health

Greece

Recommended Safety Guidelines for filming in Greece issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Iceland

Modified quarantine procedures for filming in Iceland during COVID-19 developed by The Directorate of Health in collaboration with Film in Iceland

Lithuania

Recommendations for filming crews regarding the organization of operations during the quarantine by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania

Norway

Guide for safe execution of audiovisual production developed by Virke with the support of the Norwegian Film Institute

Poland

New safety rules on the film set by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Portugal

COVID-19: Guidelines for filming in Portugal by  Portugal Film Commission

Serbia

COVID-19 Protocol for film crews by Serbia Film Commission, the Audio-visual Section of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Film Center Serbia

Slovakia

Regulations of the Public Health Authority regarding wearing face-masks for performing artists: Artists have been given an exception from wearing masks. News published by the Slovak Film Commission

Spain

Audiovisual productions in times of Covid-19. Good practices guide for safe shootings by the Spain Film Commission 

Producciones audiovisuales en tiempos del Covid-19. Guía de buenas prácticas para rodajes seguros elaborado por Spain Film Commission (in Spanish)

General

Basic safety rules created by the European Institute for Health and Safety in Film Industry for the Audiovisual Producers Association (APA) in the Czech Republic