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Abu Dhabi Film Commission COVID-19 Guidelines, Best Practices for Shooting

The Film Commission of Abu Dhabi has published its report of best practices and guidelines for shooting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Visit their website for the most up-to-date information about the UAE response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and to protect the health and safety of all cast and crew members, the following Health and Safety measures are recommended to ensure production continuity for any filming taking place in Abu Dhabi:

COVID-19Filming Guidance fro Abu Dhabi Film Commission

  • Anyone exhibiting signs of fever, coughing or illness should not be permitted entry on set. Temperature checks will be conducted for all persons at entry points before starting work.

  • Productions should check with their Studio Facility or Shooting Locations in advance regarding specific site requirements (eg COVID-19 testing).

  • Take extra precautions to ensure the safety of minors and cast and crew over the age of 60.

  • Hand sanitizer, hand washing stations, COVID-19 signage/posters should be posted at points of entry and common areas.

  • Crew are required to wear masks and gloves at all times on set.

  • Require regular maintenance, sterilization and disinfection of the following non-exhaustive list of items: props, equipment, contact surfaces, costumes, workstations, make-up and hair appliances, cars used for production and common room areas.

  • Equipment, props, costumes, make-up and hair appliances are to be kept in individually labelled cast bags.

  • Limit the number of individuals seated in cars for production, transport and shooting.

  • Encourage social distancing at all times.

  • Divide the set/common areas into sections with teams isolated from each other.

  • Each department is to be given access to the set/common area at time intervals.

  • No physical contact between cast and crew.

  • Limit entry on set to essential personnel only.

  • Limit shoot days to a reasonable number of hours per day.

  • Shooting should not take place during sterilization hours or during any other curfew advised by the authorities.

  • Meals and drinks to be served and packaged as single serving portions. Require use of disposable cutlery and disinfect delivered meals before bringing the meals on set.

  • Creation of a COVID-19 safety department that is responsible for COVID-19 awareness and communications and monitoring health and safety on set is encouraged.

Detailed on-set safety and shooting guidance covered in the PDF

  1. General health and safety

  2. COVID-19 Safety Department

  3. Holding and common areas

  4. On-Set/Shooting Guideline

  5. Cast & Crew

  6. Casting department

  7. Wardrobe

  8. Hair and Makeup

  9. Catering

  10. Transport

National Media Council Production Guidance

The National Media Council issued a circular No (10) of 2020 on filming movies, series and programs, which is binding on all productions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and provides the following restrictions:

  • Productions must limit entry on set to essential personnel only;

  • All crew members must undergo Covid-19 testing.

  • Productions must adhere to health requirements determined by applicable authorities.

  • Productions must have ongoing education for cast and crew on health requirements (e.g. via awareness campaigns).

The NMC is accepting applications for shooting permits for new productions – please contact the ADFC to assist when applying for shooting permits in Abu Dhabi.

For more information please contact info@film.gov.ae.

General Health and Safety

Section 1.1

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