The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 20, 2021 7:20:41 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Best film festivals in Quebec

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Quebec, including Montreal and Quebec City regions. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the province and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in Quebec.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
  2. Le Gala Kino
  3. Fantasia Festival
  4. Festival du nouveau cinéma
  5. CINEMANIA Film Festival
  6. Montréal International Black Film Festival
  7. Quebec City Film Festival
  8. Montreal International Documentary Festival
  9. Image+Nation
  10. Les Percéides


Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma

Website: https://rendez-vous.quebeccinema.ca/

Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma is a film festival affiliated with the Québec Cinéma organization, created in 1982 to celebrate the film production of Quebec. Two editions are offered, one in Montreal and the other in Quebec City. Awards conferred at this festival include Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Fiction Short Film and best Franco-Canadian film.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of Québec Cinéma.

Le Gala Kino / best short film festival Montreal

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Website: http://www.kinomontreal.com/

Kino is a filmmaking movement that advocates the production of short films on little to no budget with small crews and non-competitive collaboration. The Kino movement was founded in 1999 in Montreal.

La Gala Kino is a short film festival held annually in Montreal – usually December – and is attended by 400+ people from the Quebec film and TV industry. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 gala was held online.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of La Gala Kino.

Fantasia Festival / best genre film festival Montreal

Website: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/

Fantasia is a genre film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 1996, the festival offers an eclectic lineup of domestic and international films. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy and animation are all staples at this festival.

The organizers present a number of awards at the conclusion of each annual festival, including the Barry Convex Award for best Canadian film premiering at the festival. Convex is a character from David Cronenberg’s movie Videodrome (1983).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fantasia 2020 was done as an online festival.

Festival du nouveau cinéma / best independent film festival Montreal

Website: https://nouveaucinema.ca/en/

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films. Established in 1971, this festival is one of the oldest film festivals in Canada.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Louve D’Or for best feature film, the Prix d'interprétation for best actor or actress and the Grand prix for best short film.

CINEMANIA Film Festival / top film festivals Montreal

Website: https://www.festivalcinemania.com/en

CINEMANIA is an annual film festival held in Montreal. This festival is dedicated solely to French-language feature films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria and other French-speaking regions around the world. All films screened must be North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres and all are subtitled in English.

The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Mel Hoppenheim Prix du Public for the most popular film by public ballot, the TFO Audience Award for best first feature film from a francophone director and the Prix Jeunesse for the best film of the “Compétition Visages de la francophonie”.

In response to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of CINEMANIA was held online.

Montréal International Black Film Festival / best film fests Montreal

Website: https://montrealblackfilm.com/en/

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is an annual film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 2005, this festival programs a selection of African, Caribbean, African American and Black Canadian films.

Festival awards include the MIBFF People’s Choice Award and the Career Achievement Award. The MIBFF screens films and holds activities in both English and French.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was presented entirely online.

Quebec City Film Festival / best film fests QC

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Website: https://www.fcvq.ca/en

The Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is a film fest held annually in Sept. in Quebec City. It screens short and feature films and premieres movies from all over the world.

Founded in 2011, this festival presents about 50 international feature films and more than 100 short films. The films represent all cinematographic genres and perspectives from all over the world, attracting an audience of 25,000+ annually.

Awards conferred at QCFF include Best Feature Film, Best Canadian Film, Best First Film, Best Short Film and the Local (Quebec) Talent Award.

Montreal International Documentary Festival / best documentary festival Montreal

Website: https://ridm.ca/en

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is – as its title suggests – focused on documentary cinema. Founded in 1998, this festival’s program is usually organized around social, political and environmental themes.

The RIDM is home to "Forum RIDM", Quebec's foremost documentary marketplace, offering professional workshops, lectures and roundtables that focus on training, discussion and sharing of knowledge among various players in the industry.

Awards conferred at RIDM include Best National Feature, Best International Feature, Best Short- or Medium-length Film and the People’s Choice Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIDM 2020 successfully moved to an online format.

Image+Nation / best LGBTQ film festival Montreal

Website: https://www.image-nation.org/

Image+Nation is an annual eleven-day film festival that takes place in Montreal. Founded in 1987, this festival is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of LGBTQ people.

Each year, the festival screens the best of local and international queer cinema at various Montreal venues, focusing on new voices and evolving means of storytelling in contemporary culture.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Jury Prize, the Audience Award, the Feature Film Award and the Documentary Film Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Image+Nation went online as well as offered a “Dinner+Movie experience” where the festival teamed up with local queer-owned eateries in Montreal and across Quebec.

Les Percéides Film Festival / best film festivals QC

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Website: https://perceides.ca/

Les Percéides is a film festival, staged annually in Percé, QC. The festival's name blends the town's name with the Perseids meteor shower (perséides in French).

Founded in 2009, this festival aims to promote independent cinema to the public in Gaspésie and to participate in the discovery of promising young talent in contemporary cinema. Awards conferred at the festival include the Jury Grand Prize, Best Canadian Documentary, Best National Short Film and Best Student Short Film.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was staged entirely outdoors, taking place at a drive-in theatre in nearby Petit-Pabos.

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Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in Quebec, please use this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada. If you are in Quebec, please use this form.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 21, 2020 11:02:01 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Best Film Festivals in GTA

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in the GTA.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. TIFF
  2. Hot Docs
  3. TAAFI
  4. Buffer Festival
  5. imagineNATIVE
  6. ONIFF
  7. Reelworld
  8. Inside Out
  9. Breakthroughs
  10. Regent Park


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
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Website: https://tiff.net/

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Toronto is, of course, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1976, many of its movies are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (pictured), a modern venue housing five cinemas of various sizes.

TIFF is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, “second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars, and market activity,” according to Variety. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF creatively reimagined its festival to include physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings and virtual red carpets.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of TIFF.

Hot Docs Festival

Website: https://www.hotdocs.ca/ 

The Hot Docs Festival is the largest documentary festival in North America. Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Hot Docs is now recognized as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories.

Members of DOC are eligible for preferred rates on production insurance through Front Row. The 2020 festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada; however, the festival organizers quickly pivoted to the Hot Docs at Home TV show in partnership with the CBC.

Front Row is a proud sponsor of the Hot Docs Festival.

TAAFI – Toronto's Animation Festival

Website: https://taafi.com/

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is held at the same venue as Hot Docs each year – the Ted Rogers Cinema. TAAFI is a film festival dedicated to presenting cartoons and animation.

TAAFI confers the Kaj Pindal award, which is awarded to an animator who has made a significant contribution to the art form in the past year. TAAFI also offers an industry conference with talks from directors, creators, producers and artists.

Front Row has sponsored TAAFI in the past.

Buffer Festival

Website: https://365.bufferfestival.com/

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube video premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival is, according to the Buffer Foundation, “the world’s largest international digital-first film festival.”

The Buffer Foundation is a not-for-profit supporting Canadian and international digital-first filmmakers through education, celebration, recognition and development opportunities with the entertainment industry. Buffer Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Website: https://imaginenative.org/

Founded in 1998, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous film and media arts festival, held annually in Toronto each October. The festival focuses on the film, video, radio and new media work of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from around the world.

Many awards are presented at the festival, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Dramatic Feature, Best Short Drama and Best Indigenous Language Production.

Their 21st annual festival in 2020 transitioned to an online format.

Ontario International Film Festival
Ontario International Film Festival

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Website: https://www.oniff.ca/

The Ontario International Film Festival (ONIFF) was founded in 2020 by not-for-profit Canada Multicultural Entertainment (CME). This film festival “gives independent filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to get known, learn and get acquainted with the industry.”

The festival confers a variety of awards, including Best International Feature Film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Screenwriting and Best Canadian Student Film.

Reelworld Film Festival

Website: https://www.reelworld.ca/

The Reelworld Film Festival was founded in 2001 and provides professional development for Canadian racially diverse and Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. The festival's mandate is to showcase diverse work, especially work from Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Latinx.

In 2020, Reelworld streamed online with a 100% Canadian lineup. The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Trailblazer Award, the Visionary Award and the Award of Excellence.

Inside Out Film and Video Festival

Website: https://insideout.ca/

Founded in 1991, the Inside Out Film and Video Festival is an annual film festival that presents a program of LGBTQ-related cinema. The festival is staged in both Toronto and Ottawa.

The festival’s awards include the Audience Award for Best Feature Film, the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Canadian Film. In response to the pandemic, Inside Out created an online exhibition of queer ephemera pulled from their archives.

Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF)

Website: http://www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/

Founded in 2011, the Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) is dedicated exclusively to short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors.

BFF takes place annually in downtown Toronto, showcasing Canadian and international short films in all genres from emerging directors of all ages. BFF 2020 was held online.

The festival confers a number of awards, including the Audience Choice Award, the Breakthroughs Film Festival's Jury Award and Best Canadian Film.

Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF)

Regent Park Film Festival

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Website: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/

The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is a free community film festival dedicated to showcasing local and international independent films that are relevant to the Regent Park neighbourhood.

This festival aims to provide the residents of Regent Park, and beyond, with a forum for dialogue about social issues such as immigration, cultural identity and multicultural relationships.

RPFF was founded in 2003. The 18th annual RPFF in 2020 was held online. The festival also created the Home Made Visible nationwide archival project that “celebrates the everyday joys and lives of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) communities often absent from Canada’s narrative.”

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Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.


About
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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 14, 2020 8:05:25 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Best Film Festivals in Vancouver

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Metro Vancouver. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the biggest in BC.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. VIFF
  2. Italian Film Festival
  3. Whistler
  4. VSFF
  5. Crazy8s
  6. VQFF
  7. VIWFF
  8. Reel 2 Real
  9. VAFF
  10. Iranian Film Festival

 

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancity Theatre | Best film festivals VancouverWebsite: https://viff.org/Online/default.asp

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Founded in 1958, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screens films annually from approximately 73 countries on 10 screens.

The festival has three main programming platforms: East Asian cinema, Canadian cinema and documentary. During the pandemic in 2020, VIFF nimbly transitioned their festival to an online format with their VIFF Connect platform.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of VIFF for 28 years (as of 2020).

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Italian Film Festival

Website: https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/italian-film-festival/

The Italian Film Festival is usually presented in cooperation with the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

This niche festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival is presented to the public every January during a one-week run at the Vancity Theatre – VIFF Centre.

Whistler Film Festival / “Canada's coolest film festival”

Website: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is an annual film festival held in Whistler, BC, established in 2001. A conference for the Canadian film industry, known as the Whistler Summit, is organized in connection with the film festival.

The festival has juried competitive awards, namely the Borsos Award and the Pandora Audience Award. In 2020, WFF moved to an online film-viewing format from Dec. 1-31.
Front Row has been a proud sponsor of the Whistler Film Festival for many years.

Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF)

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Website: https://www.vsff.com/

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is all about celebrating the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast.

Established in 2005, VSFF now regularly receives over 250 submissions a year, and the festival awards over $15,000 worth of prizes directly to filmmakers annually. In 2021, VSFF moved to an online format. Front Row is a proud sponsor of VSFF.

Crazy8s short filmmaking competition/festival

Website: http://crazy8s.film/

Crazy8s is another short film-focused festival held annually in Vancouver. The festival is essentially a filmmaking competition that provides funding and support to local filmmakers to shoot and edit a short film in eight days.

Established in 1999, Crazy8s involves filmmakers pitching their ideas to industry professionals. About 200 teams annually submit a video pitch, ~40 are chosen to pitch in-person to a jury, ~12 teams advance to the script stage and then ~six finalists are announced in January. Front Row is a sponsor.

Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF)

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Website: https://queerfilmfestival.ca/

The Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF) is a film festival that takes place annually during the month of August. The festival was first held publicly in 1989. It is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event.

The festival’s awards include the People's Choice Award for Best Feature and the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award. Brunet was a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of the festival.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual (2020) VQFF adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema.

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

Website: https://viwff.ca/

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is all about showcasing short & feature-length films of various genres by established and emerging women-identifying filmmakers.

The WIFT Vancouver Society that organizes the festival was founded in 1989. The festival offers artist talks, networking events, an awards ceremony and an International Screenplay Competition. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 festival moved to an online format.

Front Row is a proud supporter of WIFT and we have a WIFT-US insurance program offering discounted rates on production and errors & omissions insurance.

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth

Website: http://r2rfestival.org/

The Reel 2 Real (R2R) International Film Festival for Youth inspires and equips youth (between the ages of 6 and 19) to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share independent media.

R2R is an annual film festival based in Vancouver and established in 1998. The festival began as a four-day event in one venue and expanded to an eight-day event in two venues: the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the R2R 2020 festival was cancelled.

The festival screens both Canadian and international films, including live-action dramas, documentaries and animated features and shorts.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF)

Website: http://vaff.org/

VAFF is Canada’s oldest Asian film festival, exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. The festival was founded in 1995.

VAFF strives to promote dynamic and innovative images of Asians, especially Asian Canadians, in roles that are usually not found in mainstream film and television.

Vancouver Iranian Film Festival (VANIFF)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vancouverif/

A lot of great cinema has come out of Iran over the years and this Vancouver-based film festival showcases movies from this country. The festival is organized by Aria Persys Film Production.

VANIFF is all about screening the latest and best Iranian cinema in fine venues across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and throughout BC.

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Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Posted by Alyson Forster on Dec 3, 2020 6:46:05 AM

The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Best Film Festivals in LA

Here is a look at some of the top film festivals in the Los Angeles area, and how they have dealt with the new world of social distancing in entertainment.

We'll discuss (in no particular order):



Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Website: https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

For the last 35 years, Film Independent have hosted their Spirit Awards at a beachside in Santa Monica. Each year, the festival “brings together top talent from throughout the world of independent film”. Film Independent members can nominate and vote in categories such as: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more.

The Spirit Awards ceremony features a number of unique honors, including: Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000) and the Robert Altman Award (best ensemble cast).

Like many other festivals, Film Independent postponed their 2021 Spirit Awards by a few months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Front Row Insurance Brokers have collaborated with Film Independent to offer their members preferential pricing on Short-Term Production packages (US).


OUTFEST Los Angeles Virtual 2020

Website: https://outfest.org/

OUTFEST is a non-profit organization originally established in Los Angeles in 1982. OUTFEST considers itself “the only global LGBTQIA+ arts, media, and entertainment organizations whose programs empower artists, communities and filmmakers to transform the world through their stories, while also supporting the entire life-cycle of their career”.

OUTFEST holds an annual weeklong film festival, displaying films in iconic venues such as The Orpheum Theater, Laemmle Music Hall, or the MOCA Grand.

In 2020, OUTFEST hosted its first virtual film festival, “You’re no longer restricted by location or distance, because we’re bringing the festival to your living room, backyard, home office, literally anywhere you are in the United States. So, if you love diverse stories and finding representations of yourself on screen, this festival is for you”.


LA Shorts International Film Festival

Website: https://www.lashortsfest.com/

The LA Shorts International Film Festival is the longest running short film festival in the greater Los Angeles area. This festival features up to 272 films each year from 31 different countries. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, all accredit the festival.


AFIFEST – A Virtual Film Festival Hollywood sign

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Website: https://fest.afi.com/how-to-fest/

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the American Film Institute’s AFIFEST practiced COVID safety and social distancing in 2020 by airing film submissions differently.

Virtual screenings were offered as well as drive-in screenings in multiple locations, including the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. “AFI champions progress in visual storytelling to empower storytellers, inspire story lovers and further the limitless power of the moving image”.


Screamfest presents HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Website: https://screamfestla.com/

America’s largest- and longest-running only horror movie festival – Screamfest – awards the year’s top movies, filmmakers, actors, and screenplay in this genre. In 2020, Screamfest went above and beyond by creating a socially distanced drive-thru haunted house and film screening at various locations between October 6 and 15.

Not only was this event held for members, but also the public free of charge. Drive-in locations were scheduled throughout Los Angeles, including The Regency Theater Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys, and Calamigos Ranch.


The Newport Beach Film Festival

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Website: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/

2020’s festival ditched the red carpet for complete virtual programming on October 1st through the 11th.

Since 1999, this film festival has been a celebrity favorite due to it being located on the beautiful Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. This film festival features over 350 international, independent and student film screenings over 8 days. The festival has premiered such films as 500 Days of Summer, Crash, and The Illusionist.


NFMLA (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) Film Festival

Website: https://www.newfilmmakersla.com/

Each month at South Park Center, NFMLA presents a red carpet screening of documentaries, shorts and feature films for that month’s subgenre, e.g., Indigenous Cinema, Female Romance, Latino Cinema, Music Videos, and New Media Projects. After each screening, a forum takes place where members can have an open audience discussion about the project.

NFMLA also educates its attendees by inviting industry professionals to discuss and gain insight on distribution, production, acquisition and development.

NFMLA is a non-profit “designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the LA community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant surge of monthly screening events”.

LA Women in FilmFest hosted by WIF (Women in Film)

Website: https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest

The Los Angeles Women in Film Festival champions “female and female identifying filmmakers and storytellers”. This festival only accepts submissions from female directors, writers, majority female crew, and/or any female driven stories of any genre.

Note: Front Row Insurance Brokers has a program with WIFT-US that allows members to receive preferential pricing on Errors & Omissions coverage and production packages.


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Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

Posted by Alex Kolodkin on Nov 2, 2020 7:06:18 AM

Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

SAFE SETS INTERNATIONALSource: https://practicesafesets.co/

Guest blog post by Set Scouter / Safe Sets International

In this crazy, ever-changing COVID-19 world, productions continue to blossom throughout the challenges of the pandemic because of the persistence and ingenuity of the creative spirit. Safe Sets International is proud to be a part of the process that enables this industry to push forward.

Founded by Alex Kolodkin, Founder & CEO of Set Scouter – North America’s largest online location scouting platform – as a response to the confusion within the industry of how to move forward. “There wasn’t a centralized and standardized resource for the community. I gathered medical experts, industry leaders, and teamed up with some of the biggest companies in production to advocate for safety on set.” – Kolodkin

Developed as a free resource focused on the safety and survival of the film and video production industry, they have emerged as the world’s most trusted COVID-19 educator for the production industry. Safe Sets provides a resource of global guidelines along with a free certificate program, verified by medical and industry partners, to increase production safety measures globally.

Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

After launching in July 2020, Safe Sets International spread organically and globally through the industry – tens of thousands of certificates completed in 74 countries within the first week – demonstrating the considerable need for this resource.

Safe Sets International was established as a collaborative partnership that encourages the industry to practice safe sets by advocating for health and safety in production through education, collaboration, and action. The team consists of industry leaders and medical professionals brought together to meet the demands of the production community in this complex time.

Safe Set’s purpose

  • Collect resources and guidelines to promote health and safety on set.
  • Collaborate openly with industry leaders and members for guidance and insights.
  • Educate to standardize knowledge across the industry.
  • Explore new technologies to help creators adopt safer production practices.

The website provides a collaborative production guideline hub, sourcing and welcoming global resources, along with a free course on basic COVID-19 safety and best practices, developed with industry and medical experts. The course provides everyone a base level of knowledge which can be supplemented with any government, association, or trade specific requirements.

“As businesses and film sets face various pandemic-related production challenges, it is important to remain smart and vigilant to help protect ourselves and prevent transmission to vulnerable populations,” says Dr. Jaime Hope, Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Health, one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Tertiary Care Centers in the US. “Safe Sets uses evidence-based best practices to minimize risk to everyone involved. This is an industry-leading set of guidelines that doctors and scientists are proud to support.”

“It’s more important than ever to ensure we create the safest production environments possible to protect everyone in our industry,” says Kolodkin. “COVID-19 has shaken the industry to its core and forced us to reimagine what it means to be on set, and that will continue to evolve as we recover.”

Safe Sets International Course Offerings

Safe Sets provides a FREE Level A certificate designed to communicate the most current health and safety information relevant to our community of filmmakers, producers, crew, and industry professionals. The course is currently available in English, Spanish, and French.

A Level B certificate launched in October 2020, containing supplementary education on how to stay safe on set. It’s recommended for those in production leadership, on health/safety teams, and/or those assuming the role of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

In their nature of set safety, Safe Sets created masks to allow individuals to highlight their departments. The proceeds from the masks allow Safe Sets to continue to offer the free COVID-19 production education, with a portion donated to charity.

Don’t forget to practice safe sets!

 

DISCLAIMER: The information in this guest blog post is for general informational purposes only. We are providing such information in good faith; however, we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information in this guest blog post. You may be required to follow specific protocols depending on varying geographical, political, industrial and commercial requirements enacted as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Topics: COVID-19

And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona

Posted by Sandi Cooper on Oct 8, 2020 7:05:47 AM

And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona | SetTest

SetTest logo: calm, kind, safeSource: http://settest.ca/

Guest blog post by SetTest

SetTest has secured private laboratory capacity for COVID testing, available now (October 2020), and is scaling to increase over the next ninety days. Clients are rushing to reserve access to this Health Canada-approved, accredited testing capability that is impervious to the fluctuations of public health and provides reliable turnaround times.

When many sets across Canada heard “Cut!” for the last time on Friday the 13th of March 2020, there was no sense of how long it would last or how things would change. Tens of thousands of motion picture industry professionals across the country stayed home for months, with no choice but to watch, rather than create, countless hours of content. But these are creative problem-solvers, and immediately they began to develop guidelines and create solutions to get people safely back to work.

When it was determined that frequent testing for COVID was going to be required, it was clear that the industry would need partners who understand the medical system as well as motion picture production and its idiosyncrasies. Dr. Sam Gutman and Sandi Richter Cooper undertook to bridge the gap between medicine and industry.

Enter SetTest.

The SetTest Background:

Dr. Sam Gutman, an ER physician and founder of Rockdoc Consulting, has provided concierge medical services to the industry for over 25 years. He and his staff have been providing complex logistics expertise and medical services for live production across Canada and around the world.

With live events and mass gatherings on pause during the pandemic, Rockdoc has pivoted, deploying its extensive infrastructure, resources and staff to meet the needs of motion picture production. Together with Sandi Richter Cooper, the immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, they have been working with productions to navigate the new COVID safety and testing requirements, providing the needed interface between production and medicine.

This SetTest team has decades of motion picture industry experience and they know what it takes to keep production on schedule. Their staff has a proven and trusted track record of reliability and responsiveness to provide the standard of film-friendly service and flexibility that the industry demands.

Since cameras started rolling again, the SetTest team has provided COVID services and administered thousands of tests for cast and crew on more than 40 film, television and commercial productions in BC and Ontario. With a scientific eye, the team stays informed as medical solutions emerge and adapts to continue to meet the industry’s evolving needs.

The SetTest Process:

At a studio, hotel, residence, office or location, Set Test deploys qualified, production-savvy professionals for onsite collection of specimens using bilateral nasal swabs that are transported to an accredited laboratory facility that uses Health Canada-approved polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology.

Test results are reported to the production as soon as they’re available, within 24-72 hours. Reporting is timely, secure and PIPEDA-compliant (comparable to HIPAA-compliant in the US). Our team covers all aspects of general healthcare needs for the motion picture industry, including flu shots, and a full range of specialized COVID services. Custom packages are created for each production with pricing based on each project’s unique requirements.

With the currently approved and available PCR testing, there had been a bottleneck at the lab, as the entire industry had been dependent on a single accredited lab for processing. With reasonable priority on public health demands, and a sudden massive need from productions, coordination and turnaround time at the lab became unpredictable. To meet the moment, the SetTest team created near-term and long-term end-to-end independent solutions that are now being deployed.

“And…  Action!”

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About the SetTest Team:

Dr. Sam Gutman, Chief Medical Officer of Rockdoc, is Canada’s most experienced Medical Director for mass gatherings, events and entertainment, and has designed and operated the medical and emergency programs for large-scale music festivals, concerts and mass gatherings, including Ironman and the Olympic Games. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with affiliates across Canada, Rockdoc has decades of experience providing urgent and continuing healthcare and helping clients effectively navigate public and private healthcare systems.

SetTest founder Sandi Richter Cooper, immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, with decades of physical production experience, collaborates to support the motion picture industry. BC, Canada’s largest production center, has the experience, infrastructure, talent, locations and collaborative community necessary to face new industry challenges as they evolve.

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Topics: COVID-19

Cleaning & Sanitization with Safety Monitors, Foggers and UV-C Light

Posted by Michelle Briggs on Aug 17, 2020 7:23:55 AM

CLEANING & SANITIZATION WITH SAFETY MONITORS, FOGGERS AND UV-C LIGHT

Fogger being sprayedSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1764454877 | Shutterstock

Guest blog post by Fusion UV-Clean

UV-Clean is a specialized division of Fusion Cine, a national sales and rentals company supplying high-end cinema and broadcast equipment (i.e., ARRI, Angénieux, Fujifilm, RED, Sony, Zeiss, etc.) to the film and television sector.

We combined equipment sanitization processes with Canadian and international health and safety guidelines to create safe and efficient sanitization workflows to help film & TV productions get back to work in this “new normal.”

In order to serve this growing need for thorough sanitization, we have broadened our scope of service beyond film & television to customers in corporate, retail, industrial, government, education, and houses of worship.

What can Fusion UV-Clean do for you?

Fusion UV-Clean provides, deploys, and integrates medical grade cleaning and sanitization products that create an additional line of health and safety to even the most sensitive of work and study locations.

Available products and packages include:

  • Facial recognition monitors to control both access and temperature detection
  • UV-C germicidal irradiation technology
  • Fogging with non-corrosive agents that cause no harm to the environment and clean the air and sanitize surfaces to ensure an environment free of germs

What Fusion UV-Clean offers:

We offer germicidal solutions, product bundles and workflows that will save you time, money and help provide worksite safety tools that meet and exceed WHO and CDC guidelines.

Read on to find out what solution is best for your specific needs.

Facial recognition Access Control & Temperature detection

FACT Health and Safety MonitorAvailable in 7” and 8” monitors (with the 8” being waterproof), the FACT Health and Safety Monitor system allows businesses to monitor a person’s temperature and control who has been approved to enter a facility based on registered face recognition.

Each device has a no-contact automatic body temperature detector with a measurement range between 30-45 degrees Celsius.

The unique facial recognition algorithm allows you to register and record pre-uploaded temperature information for crew and/or staff.

The product can also be integrated to control access to doors and/or gates where individuals have been approved to go (if their temperature is within a normal range.)

Key FACT Health and Safety Monitor Benefits

  • Safety control over facility
  • Straightforward cataloguing of individuals
  • Affordable

Fogging – what is it?

Fogging is an efficient way to disinfect both indoor and outdoor objects, surfaces, and areas to eliminate the growth of harmful bacteria.

Foggers create a small particle, between 0-50 microns, whereas traditional squeeze or pressure sprayers have a particle size of around 250 microns.

When you sanitize with a fogger, you are forming a canopy that moves through the air and slowly descends below surfaces and objects. Because the particles are so small, many of them are picked up by the airflow within a room, allowing the particles to travel further, ultimately carrying the disinfect solution to areas that are often hard to reach.

These particles not only disinfect the surfaces they touch or land on but also disinfect the air within the spray area.

Key Fogging Benefits

  • Disinfecting with a fogger eliminates 99.99% of bacteria, mold and mildew
  • Small particles reach areas that may not be cleaned with traditional techniques
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Cost effective
  • Non-corrosive
  • Little to no waste implications
  • Effective and long lasting
  • Requires little effort from user

Fogging Safety

Fogging safety is primarily about the disinfectant solution that is used. UV-Clean has tested both water-based ammonium chloride and water-based sodium chloride and both have been proven safe to spray without the use of any personal protective equipment (PPE).

Fogging machines are safe to use in both indoor and outdoor environments. Again, no PPE is required, but some operators may request ear protection because many of the machines are loud when turned on.

UV-C Light – How does it work?

When UV-C light is shined on bacteria and other pathogens, it can destroy their ability to multiply, ultimately killing them.

The effectiveness of UV-C disinfection can vary based on a few factors, including:

  • Length of exposure to bacteria
  • Intensity of the radiation
  • Microorganism’s resistance to the radiation

Length of exposure is based on the size of the area or surface that you wish to disinfect. Larger areas require more radiation and longer exposure times to ensure all objects and surfaces are hit with the light. Often, objects within the area will need to be turned or placed upside down to ensure all areas have been hit with the light and are properly disinfected.

It is ideal to deliver multiple passes of light exposure in order to ensure that bacteria with a bit more resistance will be destroyed.

The object or surface that requires disinfecting must be exposed to direct light from the UV-C fixture or bulb to disinfect properly. Anything blocking the light – including shadows – will lessen the intensity of the light.

Key UV-C Light Benefits

  • No harmful chemicals
  • Low maintenance
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Extremely effective
  • Kills pathogens without immunity
  • Medical grade technology
  • Safe on electronics
  • Has been used to clean water and air for 40+ years

UV-C Light Safety

UV-C light should always be handled with care, as prolonged direct exposure can be harmful to skin and eyes. Wearing proper protective eyewear and clothing that does not expose any skin is highly recommended to ensure the safety of the operator.

 

About: Fusion UV-Clean offers health & safety and germicidal solutions and workflows that save you time and money and provide worksite safety tools that meet and exceed WHO and CDC guidelines. Your team and assets’ health and safety are our priority.

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Topics: COVID-19

The Top 10 Films that Could Have Been Made During the COVID Pandemic

Posted by Grant Patten on Jul 27, 2020 7:11:04 AM

The Top 10 Films that Could Have Been Made During the COVID Pandemic

…because they’re small scale, one-location film productions / one-room movies / one-location movies / single-location movies / films shot in one room

  1. Rear Window
  2. Sleuth
  3. My Dinner with Andre
  4. Dogville
  5. Death and the Maiden
  6. Wait Until Dark
  7. Dog Day Afternoon
  8. Deterrence
  9. Tape
  10. Arsenic and Old Lace

 

As COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures drag on in various parts of the world, the reality is that film productions may have an easier time getting financed and off the ground if those productions are made to be small scale in nature, and therefore easier to contain. When there are fewer people on set and in the cast, generally speaking, there are fewer risks involved. And when there are fewer risks involved, financiers and insurance companies are more amenable.

It may be fruitful, then, for filmmakers and film producers to consider how their productions could be simplified and scaled down. Sometimes this may be possible; sometimes it may not.

Of course, we realize that a movie originally planned to be the next Michael Bay-style action blockbuster can never realistically be scaled down to Rear Window size. However, filmmakers are – by their nature – creative individuals, and they just may surprise themselves with what is conceivable if they really take on this challenge to rethink their production scale.

In no particular order:

Rear Window Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1692012427Movie #1: Rear Window (1954)

Arguably, Hitchcock’s best film, Rear Window involves Jimmy Stewart’s photographer character confined to a wheelchair in his apartment. He gets curious about the neighbours in the building across the street, and a murder mystery ensues.

Rear Window was shot entirely at Paramount Studios on a large set replica of a Greenwich Village, NY courtyard.

 

Movie #2: Sleuth (1972)


Athelhampton House Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1109553560Another fun mystery movie that was filmed on a small scale is Sleuth, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. The plot involves Caine asking Olivier to divorce his wife so that Caine can marry her. Rather than simply granting this request, Olivier’s character decides to play a game, “a game with potentially deadly consequences.”

The film was shot primarily at Athelhampton House, Dorset, England (pictured) with some of the interiors recreated at Pinewood Studios.

The film was remade in 2007.

 

Jefferson Hotel Royalty-free stock photo ID: 631982939Movie #3: My Dinner with Andre (1981)

It’s true, “two guys sitting at a table talking over dinner” doesn’t sound like a great movie idea and we can only wonder how it ever managed to get financed. Nevertheless, get financed it did, and it’s actually a pretty good movie featuring some interesting philosophical conversations about life, mortality, theatre, spirituality and more.

The film was shot entirely at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia (interior pictured).

 

Movie #4: Dogville (2003)

Danish director Lars von Trier never makes straightforward, “normal” films, and Dogville is no exception to that – this film uses an extremely minimal, stage-like set to tell the story of Grace (Nicole Kidman), a woman hiding from mobsters.

The minimal, artificial set – with no pretense of looking anything like reality – is jarring when you begin watching the film, but eventually, the obvious artifice of the set gives way to the story and the solid performances.

 

Movie #5: Death and the Maiden (1994)

Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden is a suspenseful thriller film based on a stageplay. The plot concerns a political activist (Sigourney Weaver) who is convinced that her guest (Ben Kingsley) is a man who once tortured her for the government.

The film was shot mainly in one interior location in France, with a few exteriors in Spain.

 

Movie #6: Wait Until Dark (1967)

Wait Until Dark involves a blind woman (Audrey Hepburn) being terrorized by a trio of criminals while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

The movie was shot primarily in a Manhattan apartment, with some studio interiors shot in Burbank, California.

 

Movie #7: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Al Pacino arguably gives one of his better performances in this crime drama film where he plays real-life criminal John Wojtowicz, who purportedly robbed a bank in 1972 in order to pay for his lover’s sex reassignment surgery.

Dog Day Afternoon was shot primarily at a bank in Brooklyn, NY that no longer exists. Some exteriors were filmed near Prospect Park.

 

Movie #8: Deterrence (1999)

This political drama film imagines what might happen if the US president gets holed up in a diner during a freak snowstorm and has to deal with an escalating nuclear crisis at the same time.

The movie was filmed entirely in a diner (set in Colorado).

 

Movie #9: Tape (2001)

This American drama film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman is based on a play of the same name. The simple plot involves three old high school friends meeting in a motel room and dissecting painful memories from their past.

The movie takes place in real time and was filmed entirely in a single room in New York.

 

Movie #10: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Arsenic and Old Lace | This work is in the public domain

This Frank Capra screwball dark comedy based on a stageplay concerns a writer (Cary Grant) whose aunts turn out to be serial murderers who poison aged bachelors “to end their suffering”.

The film was shot entirely in the Warner Brothers Burbank Studios in Burbank, California.

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Hopefully, some of the above examples can inspire filmmakers and film producers to think about how to sufficiently amend the scale of their projects (if feasible) to enable them to more easily move forward in this ongoing COVID pandemic environment.

Good luck and take care,

—The Front Row Team

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides film insurance for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims.

Related:

WSPS Guidance on COVID-19

Citations:

Rear Window photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1692012427, Shutterstock

My Dinner w/ Andre photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 631982939, Shutterstock

Sleuth photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1109553560, Shutterstock

Arsenic and Old Lace photo: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1925 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_Adair_Josephine_Hull_Cary_Grant_Arsenic_and_Old_Lace_1944.jpg

Topics: COVID-19

Guidance on Health and Safety for Film & TV Workers during COVID-19

Posted by Grant Patten on May 15, 2020 11:04:26 AM

HEALTH & SAFETY FOR FILM & TV WORKERS DURING COVID-19 (WSPS)

HEALTH & SAFETY FOR FILM & TV WORKERS DURING COVID-19Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1680037777, Shutterstock

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has released some helpful guidelines for those in the film, TV and live performance industries who will soon be returning to production work in this COVID-19 environment. WSPS is an Ontario-focused organization, but this information could still be useful to those in other provinces or even the US as well.

Front Row Insurance is merely passing on these WSPS guidelines that might be helpful to some in planning their return to production, but please also consult an employment lawyer, public health and industry associations and government recommendations. The below is for informational purposes only and should not be considered advice.

Controls to consider for returning to production during COVID-19:

The WSPS documents have some helpful points to consider, including…

Are there tasks you can minimize or eliminate? For example, could any scenes that were planned to involve numerous people potentially be cut down to fewer people? Similarly, can scenes that involved people close together potentially be restructured to allow social distancing?

Limit entry points and control who comes onto set, who they speak to, and what they handle.

Have all crewmembers and visitors wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, before entering the set, after contact with others, and with surfaces others have touched.

Train crewmembers on COVID-19 transmission points, steps being taken to protect them, and how to protect themselves, including frequent hand sanitizing, and not touching their face.

Is there an opportunity to put barriers in place between crewmembers on set? Consider using floor markings to keep people at a safe distance apart.

Is there an opportunity to improve fresh air intake/air circulation on set?

Increase cleaning frequency – on everything from desks, seats and vehicles to commonly touched surfaces like cameras, computers, microphones, phones, door handles and switches.

Ensure laundering instructions are being followed for wardrobe.

Review sanitation practices for hair and makeup stations to avoid spreading the virus and implement new practices.

Replace buffets with wrapped food items.

Consider having personal protective equipment (PPE) for crewmembers. Some examples of PPE that may be suited to supervisors, production or operations management work include gloves, masks, goggles and/or face shields.

Review your preventative measures on an ongoing basis, and adjust them if they are not working well enough or causing other issues with your work.

COVID Guideline Documents from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS):

The above points are selections from the WSPS documents; you are encouraged to download the full documents, linked below:

Download: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Hosts, Technical Crews and other TV and Film Employees during COVID-19 [PDF]

Download: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19 [PDF]

NOTE: These documents are intended for informational purposes only to provide an overview of the potential hazards posed in the workplace due to COVID-19. They are not intended as medical advice, to provide a comprehensive risk assessment for all workplaces, or to replace any legislated workplace safety obligations. Due to the ongoing evolution of the situation in Ontario and around the world, these documents may be used as a guide for Employers in addition to guidance delivered by public health authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” Any use which is made of these documents by any Employer, or any reliance on or decisions to be made based on them, are the responsibility of the Employer.

Good luck and take care,
The Front Row Team

Citations:

https://www.wsps.ca/

Topics: Film Production, Film Producers, Film Production Companies, TV Series, COVID-19