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Latest updates to the status of creative production around the world.

Guides & Inspiration • Written by Ellie Cameron-Krepp, Community Manager

Our Global Production Status Map provides an up-to-date view of the level of production possible in over 80 markets, enabling marketers to make decisions about where, when and what to shoot and how to move forward with your marketing plans.  See below for weekly updates as the situation evolves.

If you’d like to provide feedback or share an update on the production status of a country, please email us at covid@genero.com.

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WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 25 MAY. 

This week’s status changes: 

As restrictions continue to ease around the world, we’ve been able to upgrade the status level for 11 countries this week. 

In New Zealand further relaxations have been put in place to their current alert level system, meaning 100 people can now gather whilst following correct social distancing measures. This sees their production status upgraded from Level 3 to 4.

Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have also been upgraded to Level 4. Full production is possible in these regions with the relevant safety precautions in place. 

Production has also commenced in Italy where the status has been upgraded from Level 1 to 3. This follows the release of new production guidelines created by the Italian motion picture association ANICA and other trade entities, alongside new information from our creators in Italy. Medium scale productions are now possible within the safety guidelines.

In parts of Africa, restrictions are also starting to ease with Angola upgraded from status Level 2 to 3 as most of their cities exit lockdown. However, Egypt becomes the first country to be downgraded from Level 3 to 2 as they tighten restrictions until the end of May following the holiday period for Eid al-Fitr.

In Asia, Cambodia continues to relax restrictions meaning their status is upgraded from Level 2 to 3.

Our last update of the week comes from the USA, where the status has been upgraded from Level 2 to 3. Restrictions differ quite drastically from state to state in the US, but in areas where restrictions are easing such as Florida, Kansas, Missouri & Texas medium scale productions are possible with safety guidelines in place. California is also awaiting the announcement of guidelines that will enable production to commence there, however this is likely to happen county by county with the more populous areas taking a little longer to open up. 

Changes likely to come soon:

  • Australia continues to ease its restrictions across all states, however we are still waiting on draft protocols before upgrading Australia to Level 4. 
  • Malaysian production activity was due to commence following Eid al-Fitr on the 24th of May, however Malaysian filmmakers are still awaiting an official announcement of the new strict standard operating procedures (SOP’s). The new set of guidelines will allow for the production of documentaries, dramas and advertisements.
  • India has released its safety guidelines as they plan to return to production following the end of their lockdown, which is currently expected to end after May 31st.

Be sure to subscribe for updates as we move into June, as many countries are due to enter the next phase of their de-escalation programmes from the first week of the month. This will see many restrictions relax and allow for more creative production options around the world.

Breakdown of the type of production possible, 29 May

Week commencing Monday 18th May 

This week’s status changes: 

As restrictions start to ease around the world, we’ve been able to upgrade the status level for 16 countries this week. 

Sweden, Bulgaria and Vietnam are the most recent countries to be upgraded to Level 4, alongside Taiwan. Full production is possible in these regions with the relevant safety precautions in place.

Production has also commenced in the UK where the status has been upgraded from Level 1 to 3. This follows the release of new production guidelines created by a collection of UK Broadcasters and Producers, meaning medium scale productions are now possible within the stated safety guidelines.

Other European markets are also starting to slowly ease restrictions. This week has seen Albania, Luxembourg, Lithuania and Ireland all move from Level 1 to 2. Romania’s status moves from Level 1 to 3, whilst Ukraine, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany and Latvia all move from Level 2 to 3.

Also in Asia, Thailand has been upgraded to a Level 3 and in the Middle-East, Israel has been updated from Level 1 to a Level 3 status.

Changes likely to come soon:

  • Australia is slowly easing restrictions, however we are still waiting on draft protocols before upgrading Australia to Level 4.
  • Malaysian production activity is due to commence following Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid al-Fitr) on the 24th of May. Malaysian filmmakers will be able to shoot documentaries, dramas and advertisements, whilst abiding by the new strict standard operating procedures (SOP’s) which are currently being finalised. 
  • United States (California) – Californian government has announced that film and tv protocols are set to be released on Monday, allowing most counties in the state to possibly restart production as early as next week. Read more here.

Breakdown of the production possible, 22 May

Week commencing Monday 11th May 

This week we’ve added a number of new countries to the map, and are now tracking 89 countries in total. Currently Taiwan is still the only market that’s fully open for full live production.

This week’s status changes

As restrictions start to ease around the world, we’ve been able to upgrade the status level for 12 countries this week so far. 

Notably, the status in New Zealand has changed from Level 1 to 3. With restrictions on movement and the number of people who can gather being eased, medium scale productions are now possible within the stated safety guidelines. 

European markets are also starting to slowly ease restrictions, which has seen France, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia upgraded from Level 1 to 2, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Uruguay, the Netherlands  and Poland progressing to Level 3. 

In Asia, the Philippines has been upgraded to a Level 2 and Sri Lanka has been upgraded from Level 1 to 3 with restrictions easing there.

New countries added

  • Level 1: Algeria, Qatar
  • Level 2: Angola, Bolivia, Macedonia
  • Level 3: Belarus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Norway 

Changes likely to come soon

  • Australia is slowly easing restrictions and it looks likely that full production will be possible soon with safety measures in place. The Australian Film Television and Radio School, Screen Australia, the state agencies and SPA are working to polish some protocols which are due to be released within the next two weeks. At that stage we may be able to upgrade Australia to Level 4.
  • The United Kingdom is also slowly starting to ease restrictions and the Government has confirmed that production can restart with social distancing in place, however they are yet to approve the full health and safety guidelines at this stage.
  • Greece has earmarked May 18 as the date for restarting productions, local producers are still waiting for new shooting protocols on physical distancing and hygiene to be issued by the government, as well as international travel to resume.

Breakdown of the type of production possible, 15 May


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