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Situation der Kinos in der zweiten Welle von COVID-19

COVID-19

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Since the beginning of autumn 2020, we are facing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced many countries to introduce a second lockdown, reducing or stopping the activities of most companies, including cinemas. In several European countries, cinemas were forced to close temporarily again.

In these difficult times, as we are following up the situation of arthouse cinemas closing and working under impossible conditions, we want them to know that we are supportive of them, gathering information about measures taken internationally and being in touch with politicians to keep the awareness about arthouse cinemas and people working in them.

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We will keep sharing information about how things are tackled in different countries and are happy to receive and answer questions at info@cicae.org and to hear about encouraging stories from cinemas and their audiences worldwide.

Situation of cinemas

Here below, you can find the situation divided per country and the measures taken so far in each of them.

You can also access the open document listing the situation of cinemas in each country on Google Drive, which we are gradually updating. The list is not complete. You can help us and send us any new updates, which we will make sure to integrate into the document. Contact us by e-mail at info@cicae.org.

More information on the supporting measures taken in each country is also available on the EFAD (European Film Agency Directors Association) website.

Austria

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 03.11.2020)

Reopening date

Expected on 01.12.2020

Supporting measures taken

 

Belgium

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 02.11.2020)

Reopening date

Expected in 6 weeks.

Supporting measures taken

> The Flemish Government has decided on the distribution of a Flemish emergency fund corona of almost 300 million euros, of which 65 million are given to Culture, running through 411 structurally funded organisations (Jun. 2020)

> Recovery plan of Wallonia-Brussels region announced on 22 May – 6 M€ in favour of the film and audiovisual sector
https://audiovisuel.cfwb.be/actualite/news/plan-de-relance-en-faveur-du-secteur-du-cinema-et-de-laudiovisuel/

Re-opening of cinemas (after 1st Covid Lockdown): measures for the benefit of exhibitors and distributors supported by the FWB 1. Coverage of the cost of health measures linked to the reopening of cinemas : For arthouse exhibitors, the cost of gels, masks, equipment, etc. necessary to ensure a maximum degree of safety in terms of hygiene in cinemas will be covered. 2. Purchase of 20 000 cinema seats: With the purchase of 20,000 cinema seats in FWB-supported cinemas, the CCA will provide additional support to exhibitors and distributors and an additional opportunity for viewers to discover arthouse films. 3. Specific support to distributors for the reopening of cinemas : Specific support will be put in place to encourage distributors who take the risk of releasing arthouse films as soon as theatres reopen, in what promises to be a difficult context. 4. Promotional campaign for the reopening of arthouse cinemas : A press, radio, TV and digital promotion campaign will be launched to encourage spectators to return to the theatres. (May 2020)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Bulgaria

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Canada / Québec

Situation in the country

Cinemas in Québec are closed (since 29.09.2020)

Reopening date

Expected on 23.11.2020

Supporting measures taken

Some assistance programmes to cover fixed costs (electricity, taxes, etc.). Other aid programmes linked to loans.

Chile

Situation in the country

Cinemas are slowly reopening.

Reopening Date

From 19.10.2020, cinemas can start reopening with 50% of their capacity in certain regions of the country.

Measures taken

 

China

Situation in the country

The cinemas are open.

Measures taken

 

Croatia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Measures taken

Two major packages of financial measures have been issued by government to support workers and enterprises and help them make it to the other end of the tunnel. It is estimated that together they are on the order of nine percent of the annual GDP and follow on a period of fiscal discipline.

Czech Republic

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since

Reopening date

 

Measures taken

 

Denmark

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Measures taken

The Danish government has announced 3 compensation programmes – they are not specific earmarked for the AV sector – but the film value chain/entertainment sector is included – incl. that cinemas can be compensated + SMEs etc

Estonia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Measures taken

Financial support measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 virus outbreak in the cultural and audiovisual sector in Estonia are coordinated by the Ministry of Culture. The full size of the crisis package in the field of culture and sport is 25 MEUR.
The scheme also includes art house cinemas and small distributors who show European films (300 000 EUR, handled by Minsitry of Culture).
https://filmi.ee/en/estonian-film-institute-2/covid-19-measures
(May 2020)

Finland

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Measures taken

The Finnish Film Fund will dedicate extra one million euros to support Finnish cinemas and some film festivals, which had to cancel this Spring.

France

French arthouse cinemas can contact AFCAE for more information and support.

Information avaiable also on the website of the Federation Nationale des Cinémas Fraçais.

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 29.10.2020)

Reopening date

Expected on 15.12.2020.

If, on 15 December, the number of contaminations is less than 5,000 per day and hospitalisation is limited to 2,500-3,000 people in intensive care, then the cinemas can resume their activities in accordance with the health protocol already in place. Despite a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. (which will exceptionally be suspended for 24 and 31 December), “a time and date stamping system will make it possible to organise sessions at the end of the day”. Source: Boxoffice Pro

Supporting measures taken

The “Film and audiovisual sector plan” within the French Cultural Recovery Plan released on 3 and 23 September (€165M, implemented by the CNC) will include: – Encouraging the release of films during the recovery period to bring audiences back to cinemas by supporting film distribution players (€17,7M) – Ensuring the viability of cinemas in the short and long term by reaching out to tomorrow’s audiences in all territories, with increased support for exhibitors and a strengthening of cultural dissemination and film education actions (€34,3M) In addition, for cinema operators, an exceptional fund managed by the CNC aimed at compensating for the losses due to the drop in attendance from September to December 2020, (€50 M).

https://europeanfilmagencies.eu/images/press_release/23092020_MC-CP-Plan_de_relance_cin%C3%A9ma_audiovisuel.pdf
(Sept. 2020)

Georgia

Situation in the country

 

Supporting measures taken

 

Germany

German arthouse cinemas can contact the AG Kino Gilde team for more information and support. More updated information in German on the AG Kino website.

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 02.11.2020)

Reopening date

Expected reopening on 02.12.2020

Supporting measures taken

Zukunftsprogramm Kino

The Zukunftsprogramm Kino II supports measures to protect against the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic and forward-looking investments to make cinemas more attractive when they reopen and continue to operate. It aims to strengthen the cinema infrastructure throughout Germany in the long term and thus contribute to the visibility of German and European cinema films in particular.
A total of €40 million from the Neustart Kultur programme is available for this purpose.

The amount of the grant is up to 80% of the eligible costs for investment in conversion, modernisation and equipment measures to reduce the risk of infection (in particular with the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in the public and non-public areas of the cinema. Funding will also be provided for cashless cash register systems, online ticketing systems and sustainable and environmentally friendly methods such as the modernisation and installation of sanitary facilities and air conditioning or ventilation systems.

All about the Zukunftsprogramm Kino II at: www.ffa.de/zukunftsprogramm-kino-ii-1.html

Neustart Kultur: promoting equity services for cinemas

Restart-program for the culture in Germany announced in June 2020 initiated by BKM. From the overall budget of 1 Billion Euro for culture, 165 Million Euro have been earmarked for the audiovisual sector.
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/bundesregierung/staatsministerin-fuer-kultur-und-medien/kultur/kino-film-1774326

A further €30 million will be made available in the form of grants to help resume cinema operations. The aim is to support so-called “equity” services, i.e. everything necessary to maintain the cinema’s operations.

Greece

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 03.11.2020)

Reopening date

Reopening expected on 01.12.2020.

Supporting measures taken

Emergency financial aid to independent cinema owners to remedy the imbalance caused by the interruption of their economic activity. Cinemas must meet two conditions: they must be a two-screen cinema theatre and during 2019-2020 season at least two (2) Greek / European films should be part of their programming.

Hungary

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 11.11.2020)

Reopening date

The duration of the shutdown is indefinite, but cinemas will suspend operation for at least 30 days.

Supporting measures taken

 

Iceland

Situation in the country

 

Supporting measures taken

 

Iran

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed.

Supporting measures taken

 

Ireland

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 07.10.2020).

Reopening date

Until further notice.

Supporting measures taken

 

Italy

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 26.10.2020)

Reopening date

Expected on 04.12.2020.

Supporting measures taken

The Italian government has taken extraordinary measures (130M€) for the sector (cinema, entertainment) to support professionals and businesses hit by the emergency.
The DG Cinema is accelerating the payments of ordinary funded aids from Cinema Law. That involves tax credit measures (€100m for 2019/2020), €100m to facilitate investments in new and renovated cinemas, €10m for art-house cinemas.

Some other measures to be reported:

* The work support scheme (emergency layoffs) was extended for another 6 weeks between 16 November and 31 January.
* Cinemas, like the other categories admitted to a grant last May, will again receive a contribution that will be double the amount previously received.
* The terms relating to the payments of social security and welfare contributions and compulsory insurance premiums due for November 2020 are suspended.
* Tax credit for rents is confirmed with reference to each of the months of October, November and December (if the decrease in turnover in such months is at least 50%).

Latvia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 09.11.2020)

Reopening Date

Date of reopening scheduled for 06.12.2020

Supporting measures taken

Lebanon

Situation in the country

 

Supporting measures taken

 

Lithuania

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 07.11.2020)

Reopening Date

Expected on 29.11.2020.

Supporting measures taken

The Lithuanian Film Centre granted support of 2.8 m EUR for cinemas and film distributors to compensate for losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In all, 18 cinemas, operating 71 screens in Lithuania, received 2.24 m EUR.

Government made a decision to allocate additional 2 M€ to the film sector. LFC will administer this amount.
The support is going to be distributed:
• to provide additional financing for projects that are financed by LFC in 2020, because they could have or having problems with other sources of financing (but the rules about intensity and maximum support amounts will be followed);
• to support new content;
• to provide individual grants for film makers;
• to expand support program for distribution;
• to create a new programme for audience development in cinemas.

Luxembourg

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Malta

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Mexico

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Montenegro

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Morocco

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed since March 2020.

Supporting measures taken

 

The Netherlands

Situation in the country

Cinemas closed between 4 and 19 November. Bars, cafes and restaurants also in cinemas are closed since 14 October, and will be at least until 15 December.

Reopening date

Cinemas reopened on 20 November, with the “30 visitors per screening” rule.

Supporting measures taken

Financial support has been provided at various times in the Netherlands. The national government has supported sectors including the cultural sector with various generic measures aimed at job retention and compensation of fixed costs. In addition, a specific budget has been made available from the Ministry of Culture for further support of the cultural sector. The national film fund and performing arts fund have divided the support and the subsidized film theaters have received ample support. The condition was that the national resources were matched by local authorities.
New funds have now been created for the current period with a run-through to 2021. It remains to be seen to what extent the cinemas can make use of this again.

Timeline the Netherlands:
– closing from mid-March to June 1
– from 1 June open to 30 people per room and 1.5 meters away.
– From 1 July open to 100 people per room and reopening of stages / theaters. 1.5 meters distance remains valid.
– by October number of visitors back to 30 people per room and catering and shops completely closed.
– from November 4, all cinemas and theaters are completely closed for 2 weeks.
– planned reopening: November 19.

Nigeria

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open

Supporting measures taken

 

Norway

Situation in the country

 

Supporting measures taken

 

Poland

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 07.11.2020)

Reopening Date

Expected after the 29.11.2020.

Supporting measures taken

There was a support for all businesses to face the damage created by the Covid-19 at the first wave.
There is a funding/help/support planned for cinemas by The Polish Film Institute, but it is not clear yet when and if it is going to be implemented.

Portugal

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed in 121 municipalities, since 04.11.2020.

Supporting measures taken

Expected on the end of November.

Romania

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 20.10.2020)

Reopening Date

 

Supporting measures taken

The Romanian Government will distribute 100 m EUR for the culture sector, including cinema, with the requirement that all the applicants should register by 25 November 2020 in the Cultural Sector Register, the creative industries map launched by the Ministry of Culture in 2020.

Another requirement is that the applicants (companies which were active in the last two years, but not independent or freelance artists) should add 20 percent to the 80 percent provided by the grant to their application projects.

Serbia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

Slovakia

Situation in the country

Cinemas closed on 15 October.
Cinemas can reopen starting on 16 November with 50% capacity.

Reopening Date

Slovakia allowed the reopening of cinemas at half-capacity as of 16 November 2020. However, the Cinema Operators Association and the Slovak Union of Film Distributors point out that the reopening of cinemas in this situation may financially damage many private cinema operators.
Source: FNE

Supporting measures taken

Slovak cinema operators, who were stunned by the government’s decision to close them for a second time as of 15 October 2020, will receive 500,000 EUR as a part of the extraordinary 11 m EUR aid package of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic for independent culture. The Slovak Audiovisual Fund has decided to allot this amount from the 700,000 EUR support it received from Ministry of Culture.

For cinemas/events and distributors that face the harshest immediate consequences (they were forced to be closed/cancelled/suspend their activities by the state): there are horizontal measures prepared on the level of state for example by the Ministry of Economy (possible exemption from social and health care contributions for employees affected); also the fund is planning case by case according to individual needs of the companies to apply some of the following measures (e.g. admission of certain expenses even when an event is cancelled or moved, postponement of payments for loans or levies, specific short-term loans to small cinemas).

Slovenia

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since mid-October)

Reopening Date

 

Supporting measures taken

Not existing.

Spain

Situation in the country

Cinemas in Catalunia are closed (since 30.10.2020)

From the 10.11.2020 all activities must close at 18:00.

Reopening date

 

Supporting measures taken

A fund of 13.252.000 euros for cinemas was announced in August. The call closed on September 2.
https://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/cultura/areas/cine/espacio-covid-19/actualizaciones/ayudas-exhibicion-cortos.html

Sweden

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

The Film Institute will distribute around 35 million euros (SEK 375 million) to the film industry. Some of the funds will go to compensate cinemas, distributors and film festivals for loss of income. The crisis support will also go to producers of film and drama series, to cover the extra costs caused by the pandemic.

Switzerland

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 07.11.2020)

Reopening strategies

 

Supporting measures taken

 

Ukraine

Situation in the country

Cinemas are open.

Supporting measures taken

 

United Kingdom

Situation in the country

Cinemas are closed (since 05.11.2020)

Reopening date

On December 2, cinemas will be allowed to open in regions subject to tier 1 and 2 restrictions.

However, cinemas in tier 3 areas (regions with the highest rate of infection) must remain closed, along with other indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, bowling alleys and casinos.

Supporting measures taken

Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England, which will be administered by the BFI for the Government. This fund is part of the UK Government’s cultural recovery package providing £1.57 billion to support world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions.
£30m has been allocated to the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England – applications from Monday 10 August to Friday 30 October 2020.
https://www.bfi.org.uk/get-funding-support/culture-recovery-fund-independent-cinemas

The Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy, Campbeltown Picture House and Regional Screen Scotland’s mobile cinema, the Screen Machine, are among 30 independent cinemas and two touring operators serving communities across Scotland to receive £3.55million from the Scottish Government’s Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund and The National Lottery, through Screen Scotland.

The Fund, which aims to bridge the immediate financial gap faced by independently owned cinemas as a result of COVID-19, will now support these cinemas who can operate in the short-term, within Scottish Government guidelines, and help others towards reopening, when it is safe to do so.

https://www.screen.scot/news/2020/11/emergency-funding-to-secure-the-immediate-future-of-scotlands-independent-cinemas

United States of America

You can follow the trend in US on Art House Convergence website.

Situation in the country

In Michigan and Washington States cinemas are closed (since 15.11.2020)

Reopening date

 

Supporting measures taken

 

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