Our brilliant panelists, Tim Langford, Gavin Buxton Knight and Laura Cole (LC Events), discussed the situation for freelancers in a session facilitated by Sara Cooper (Plastic Pictures). They shared top tips on how to maximise any downtime you might have and turn it into ‘go-time’, including getting showreels together and social media accounts more active. They discussed new ways of working, focusing on the way they anticipate the relationship might change between freelancers and production companies. They all agreed on the importance of community at a time like this, uniting freelancers who often spend their working lives in competition with each other. This could be in the form of facebook groups, something which the events sector is doing well, but that the corporate film sector don’t have an equivalent of, as well as skills sharing networks.

EVCOM was also very please to announce that we will be making a commitment to helping to facilitate introductions between freelancers and our screen membership. This will be motivation for freelancers to ensure that their CV and showreel is up to date. They will then be able to research and choose five companies within the EVCOM Membership that they have always wanted to approach. They submit these wishes to EVCOM and we will commit to using our connections and influence to set up virtual meet and greets and or face to face meet and greets when restrictions are lifted. So when work does resume these freelancers will have already had a head start having been in touch with relevant people who are in the position of confirming crew!

Watch the full recording of the webinar here:


Accompanying Resources

Facebook group with finance advice for freelancers and small businesses during Covid19

PACT (the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies) is regularly updating their website with useful info

Bristol Media do fantastic events & networking sessions for freelance/creatives in Bristol

Movidiam is offering free upgrades to new members

The Film and TV Charity offers financial advice

HMRC has published updated guidance on the Self- Employment Support Scheme guidance to clarify eligibility and provide more details of the scheme

HMRC has also separately published details of allowable expenses, how to calculate trading profits and clarification that total income includes things such as dividend payments, pensions and any Government paid benefits

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has put together a comprehensive guide for UK-based freelancers worried about the impact Covid-19 will have on their income. This includes links to special HMRC helplines and broad advice on dealing with clients

FSB offers advice and guidance for business and the self-employed

Bectu offers advice for freelancers working in film and TV

Covid-19 and the freelance community (EVCOM)

Talent Manager is a good source of TV jobs

Do you have a resource you’d like to add to this list? Let us know by emailing Amelia on coordinator@evcom.org.uk.

You can view our full virtual programme of EVCOM Sessions here.



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