Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

14/05/20

Update: 1 June 2020

In this period of uncertainty, we want to assure you that Film Edinburgh is open and here to provide advice to support productions considering filming in Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

Many productions have inevitably been postponed but we look forward to a busy period when restrictions relax and projects are able to get back in to production.

In the meantime, we are on hand to give assistance in all areas such as locations, permissions, crew and facilities, and would like to keep connecting filmmakers with the region's talents behind the camera as well as the fantastic range of film-friendly locations that the Edinburgh city region is renowned for. You can help us in this.

If you are a freelancer working in the local screen sector, help us demonstrate the range and depth of local crew and production services by registering free of charge in our online Production Guide.

If you own a property that you think is fit for the screen, register here.

If you already have a record with us, please feel free to update your record by contacting us.

ADVICE FOR SCOTLAND'S FILM AND TV FREELANCERS AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Creative Scotland has a range of support available to freelancers and production companies in Scotland.

FILMING IN EDINBURGH, EAST LOTHIAN AND THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

We are all subject to the on-going Government restrictions programme and understand the impact this is having on filmmakers and the difficult circumstances that arise as a result. Councils have to adhere to the current ban on public gatherings and the operation of venues and public buildings. We will continue to reflect, and act upon, the UK and Scottish Government's public instruction.

On May 28th 2020, Scotland moved in to Phase 1 of its route-map through the Covid-19 crisis. Current Scottish Government guidance makes clear that all non-essential business premises should be closed until there is more clarity on how operations can be undertaken safely and in a way that is fully compliant with physical distancing. More guidance for film & TV production can be found at Screen Scotland.

Production activity in this phase will continue to be limited to public service broadcasting, though planning for wider production may step up. Public service broadcasting must ensure it is undertaken in line with the latest advice provided by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. Drone usage should be discussed with Film Edinburgh.

Scottish Government's route map to moving out of lockdown can be viewed here. The next review of the restrictions in place in Scotland will be 18 June 2020.

Thank you for your understanding.