AFCI Connect- September ’20

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Special Masterclass Workshop Exclusively for AFCI Members
We are pleased to offer AFCI members this special live, one-time-only Masterclass Workshop, which is presented in addition to our ongoing series of member webinars and meeting sessions.

Measuring and Communicating the Economic Impact of Film and Television Production
Wednesday, October 7, 2020; 8:30 am – 9:45 am Pacific time
Presented by Olsberg•SPI Managing Director Leon Forde, this special masterclass workshop will focus on understanding how to leverage the economic impact of screen production. Topics will include:Data collectionData qualityMessaging/communications to public and private stakeholders.This session is open exclusively to AFCI members. All attendees will earn a certificate of completion.
Registration Fee: $147.50
Learn more and register HERE.
AFCI Partners with EP on New Webinar Series Focused on Film Commissions
Seize the Opportunity to Tell Your Story!

We are excited to collaborate with Entertainment Partners on a webinar series with opportunities to feature AFCI members and their territories. If you would like to share your story about restarting production amid COVID-19, new incentive programs, diversity initiatives, infrastructure plans or other timely topics, please contact AFCI President Jess Conoplia at
Upcoming Bi-Weekly Webinars
Learning and networking opportunities exclusively for AFCI members… and everyone is invited to join the discussion!
Register now for the following members-only webinar:
“How Would You Handle It” Session – everyone on screen!
Wednesday, October 7th at 4 pm Pacific (Los Angeles) time
This is your forum to share information and discuss issues and challenges with the wider member group. We’ll bring everyone on-screen for this session, so members can ‘see’ one another. Feel free to have a coffee or wine in hand, depending on your time zone and please remember to mute yourself upon arrival into the room. Register for the October 7th Zoom HERE.
Archived Sessions:
A recording of the September 22nd “Introduction to Intimacy Coordination” webinar with Amanda Blumenthal will be posted soon to the Member Community section of AFCI’s website. It was an insightful discussion on the new crew position that has become essential for productions and is strongly supported by the industry. Recordings of past bi-weekly sessions are also archived (with unlimited access) in the Gallery section of the AFCI Member Community.

Note: Amanda’s special “Creating a Safer Workplace for LGBTQIA+ Empoyees, On-Set and Elsewhere” workshop scheduled for September 29th has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.
Industry News:
Guilds/Unions and Studios Agree on COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Production is beginning to ramp up quickly now that the leading organizations representing production workers have reached an agreement with the major studios on COVID-19 safety protocols.

On Monday (Sept. 23rd), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). In addition to safety guidelines and protocols, the provisions also include COVID-19 sick leave and quarantine pay.

Key highlights include:

Comprehensive, Mandatory Testing Regimens
Every member of the cast and crew will be tested before their first day of work and undergo a regular testing protocol.

Testing Frequency & The Zone System
Different sections of the production environment will be tightly controlled via a “Zone” system that ensures physical distancing.

Dedicated COVID-19 Safety Monitoring & Enforcement
Each production will have a designated COVID-19 compliance supervisor responsible for safety compliance and enforcement.

Quarantine Pay & Sick Pay
With limited exceptions, employees who are required to quarantine or isolate will receive quarantine pay. All employees will also receive 10 days of COVID-19 paid sick leave, per producer.

Read the SAG-AFTRA statement HERE.
AFCI In the Community
(From top left) Panel moderator Azania Muendane (Locations Africa), Jess Conoplia (AFCI), Desmond Mthembu (Gauteng Film Commission), Timothy Owase (Kenyan Film Commission) and Florence Haifene (Namibian Film Commission).
On September 8th, AFCI participated in a panel as part of the Durban Film Market that featured Timothy Owase (Kenyan Film Commission), Desmond Mthembu (Gauteng Film Commission),  Florence Haifene (Namibian Film Commission) and Azania Muendane (Locations Africa). The in-depth discussion covered the critical role of film commissions both locally and internationally, and showcased some of the exceptional work being done by Africa’s film offices.
New AFCI Best Practice Guides
We recently released two additional Best Practice Guides as part of our growing library of resources to help members meet new challenges and opportunities.

“Deliverables” covers the acceptable ‘asks’ (i.e., deliverables) film offices should expect from productions when incentives/rebates/credits are provided.

“Diversity” is the essential follow-up to our AFCI + TIME’S UP Foundation Diversity Report 2020 released earlier this year. It provides an overview of the Report’s three-tiered recommendations, with real-world examples. AFCI is committed to helping its members implement the Report’s Tier 1 recommendations by the end of 2020. 

You can access the new “Deliverables” and “Diversity” guides (along with our “Know Your Territory” and “COVID-19 Communications” guides) HERE.

Up Next: Stay tuned for our soon-to-be-released “Best Practice: Understanding and Establishing a Film Commission.”
Happy Anniversary LAFCN!
AFCI congratulates the Latin American Film Commission Network (LAFCN) on its 10th anniversary. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with LAFCN, and fellow film commission networks around the world.
Welcome New Film Commission Member

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