Since lockdown hit, many in the film and television industry have been hit hard financially.

Today we bring you the good news that the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) and Netflix have worked together to set up the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund.

Together the trio will provide a one-time emergency relief grant to carpenters, hair and makeup artists, drivers, costume designers and many other freelancers who are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis within the film and TV industry.

This grant will amount to a R15 000 one-time benefit dispersed by Tshikululu Social Investment which will also screen applications for eligibility.

“The SA economy has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hope to struggling industry professionals. We hope other potential partners will follow Netflix’s example and support SASFED’s broader initiatives which offer assistance to industry professionals across the whole value chain – an initiative undertaken by industry, for the industry,” said executive director at SASFED, Unathi Malunga.

Individuals who work in the creative industry doing one of the jobs outlined above, can apply for relief through the Tshikululu website, but applications only open on 3rd August.

Regardless we recommend you bookmark the Tshikululu website and set a reminder to apply for this relief.

In total Netflix is contributing R8.3 million as part of its drive to support workers in the creative industry during the pandemic. Back in March Netflix announced it had created a hardship fund amounting to $100 million. That figure grew to $150 million during the pandemic and this R8.3 million (~$503 000) is a part of that fund.

“We’re proud to be working with The South African Screen Federation and the Independent Producers Organisation to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. South African crews are vital to Netflix’s success and we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times,” Netflix’s lead for African Originals, Dorothy Ghettuba said in a statement.