As the long year of 2020 draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you, the brilliant people who are our TV and film industry, and recognise what you have done in this most challenging of years.
Whether working furiously to get our industry back on its feet, or not working and wondering when all this might end, every individual in every role has been part of our industry’s response to Covid-19. You might have been focused on others, caring for family members, looking after your own wellbeing, giving your time, or sharing your skills – they have all been valued contributions to the recovery effort.
We have been enormously grateful to those who have been able to donate to the Film and TV Charity’s Covid-19 response: every individual who has given something to help their colleagues; the uplifting community fundraisers; and the organisations who have supported us including Amazon Prime Video, BAFTA, BBC and BBC Studios, the BFI, Channel 4, ITV, Netflix, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia, Walt Disney Studios and many more. Over 1,600 of you have given to the Covid-19 response, and more than 50 separate organisations, big and small. Every one of those donations, whatever the number after the pound sign, carries the value of wanting to help our friends and colleagues through this crisis.
An army of volunteers helped us during the summer, many unable to work themselves, to get much-needed financial support out with enormous speed. And the team here at the charity have worked tirelessly to do what they care about most – supporting our industry community in a time of extraordinary need.
In the past few weeks, we’ve awarded 419 of the industry’s least financially resilient individuals a 6 month package of support, including grants of up to £4,500, BAFTA membership, financial advice and wellbeing support. These Covid-19 Recovery Fund awards over-index for women, disabled talent, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent to help ensure that the diverse people of our industry will weather this storm.
To date we’ve delivered more than £5.6m of financial support to more than 3,000 individuals this year; more than 4,000 people have sought assistance from the Film and TV Support Line; and hundreds have benefitted from our online mental health community platform or received counselling sessions. 43 grassroots organisations have been awarded grants to help them support their industry communities, further extending the support which has been made possible by this industry’s generosity.
We believe that more than 1 in 20 people in the industry will have received some form of support from the charity so far during Covid. We won’t have been able to help everyone, and always wish we could do more, but it’s likely that someone you know has been helped by this huge industry-wide effort.
So, thank you. We hope 2021 will tell a very different story, but the Film and TV Charity will still be here, doing all we can to support the brilliant people of our brilliant industry.
To round out the year, here’s a huge thank you from the team:
Wishing you and your families a very happy festive season.