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For freelancers & the film industry: this is what emergency aid looks like during the corona crisis
27. März 2020
An extensive measures packet is designed to protect the film and cinema industry during the corona crisis. According to FFA (German Federal Film Board [Filmförderungsanstalt) President Bernd Neumann, the German film and cinema industry „is facing an unprecedented threat from the effects of the corona pandemic.“ At the beginning of March, the FFA chair therefore decided on a comprehensive measures packet to cushion extensive consequences for the film and cinema industry.
Emergency aid measures
For the cinemas concerned, loan claims and outstanding tax payments will be deferred beginning 1 March as a reference date. Ongoing court collection proceedings will be discontinued until further notice.
Subsidies will not have to be paid back for cancelled film productions and repayments due will also be deferred.
In rental and video sales, required repayments including subsidies will be waived.
To implement the measures, the FFA is creating an aid fund of initially 7.5 million euro which will be paid for by the representative of the BKM (Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien [Federal Government for Culture and Media]) and state subsidies.
State emergency aid for freelance artists
By contrast, freelance artists only have a legal claim to their pay in the event of cancelled jobs if they have already completed partial services. For immediate state aid, the federal cabinet made a decision on 23 March to establish a comprehensive aid package. Small companies and artists may receive subsidies of up to 15,000 euro for three months depending on the number of employees. Federal states are also launching aid programmes. The NRW regional government has promised freelance artists immediate aid in the amount of five million euro. An extensive measures package is therefore meant to protect the film and cinema industry during the corona crisis. To temporarily secure their existence, they can apply for onetime support of up to 2,000 euro from their respective district government. They will not have to pay it back. You can find the application form here.