Bristol Film Office & Covid-19

As the Coronavirus situation continues to develop, we will be updating our service-users about how Bristol Film Office is responding to the Covid-19 outbreak and our expectations of production teams working on location in Bristol.

25th March 2020 – 5pm

Read “Covid-19: Our message to self employed & freelance workers in Bristol’s film, TV & moving image sector

24th March 2020 – 5pm

The Government has now issued very clear guidance in relation to social distancing, mass gatherings and non-essential social contact.

In light of this advice, from now until Tuesday 14th April, Bristol Film Office will not be able to support any filming activity within Bristol City Council public spaces, or on the public highway within the city of Bristol. Given the ongoing uncertainty in relation to Covid-19, these timescales are subject to change. As a result, we are not able to confirm whether this period will be extended at this point.

Regretfully, Bristol Film Office will not be accepting or processing any new filming permit applications until further notice. We will continue to review this as government advice changes and the situation evolves. Please continue to check the Bristol Film Office website for future updates.

Should you wish to discuss this further then please contact us at bristolfilmoffice@bristol.gov.uk. Bristol Film Office staff are currently working from home and are still able to discuss filming enquiries. Our phone line remains open – 0117 922 3958.

In line with our usual advice and procedures, filming for journalism remains exempt from the Bristol Film Office permissions process. The only exception is the use of drones for journalism. Until 30th April 2020, requests for the use of drones for journalism will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Bristol Film Office. Please contact bristolfilmoffice@bristol.gov.uk to discuss.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Bristol Film Office